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Independent Reading
Practical Strategies for Grades K-3

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ISBN 9781606230251
Published January 12, 2009 by Guilford Press
162 Pages

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Book Description

This indispensable book shows how to incorporate independent reading into daily literacy instruction in the primary grades. Provided are class-tested strategies for engaging students in independent reading; creating and organizing the classroom library; developing mini-lessons and different kinds of reading routines; supporting struggling readers; monitoring and assessing independent reading; and promoting reading at home. Helpful reproducibles are included. From a team of highly regarded educators, this is a wise and user-friendly resource that teachers can immediately put to use in the classroom.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Learning to Read by Reading

2. Independent Reading in Schools

3. Managing Independent Reading Programs

4. Ways to Read

5. Creating Classroom Libraries

6. Independent Reading and Students with Special Issues

7. Assessment and Monitoring Issues in Independent Reading

8. Family Literacy: Reading Together at Home

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This is a valuable resource that should be in the hands of educators looking for tools and strategies to successfully implement independent reading in school and improve students' access to books. The authors have achieved just the right balance of practical examples and research-based information.--Jodi Dodds Kinner, MEd, Director of Elementary Literacy, Chicago Public Schools

A 'must read' for teachers and preservice candidates. The book describes how to incorporate independent reading and the joy of reading self-selected texts into a balanced literacy program. The chapter on assessment and monitoring issues will become required reading in my undergraduate reading methods course.--Kimberly McDowell, PhD, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Wichita State University

An amazing primer on solid, effective reading instruction. It provides the framework and justification for instructional practice that acknowledges the value of reading when learning to read. This book will have significant value for a broad audience, including inservice and preservice teachers, curriculum developers, and administrators. If I were asked to recommend one book on how to teach reading, this would be my pick.--Bonnie C. Wilkerson, EdD, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (retired), Northbrook School District 27, Northbrook, Illinois