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Literacy Learning Clubs in Grades 4-8
Engaging Students across the Disciplines

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ISBN 9781462529933
Published May 30, 2017 by Guilford Press
182 Pages

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Book Description

Literacy learning clubs are highly motivating small-group collaborations that can improve tweens' and teens' academic achievement, support their social-emotional development, and increase their enjoyment of reading and writing. This book explains the research basis for the author's approach and offers practical instructions for implementation in English language arts, social studies, science, and mathematics classrooms, illustrated with detailed case examples. Links to the Common Core State Standards are identified, and multimodal methods and new literacies emphasized throughout. User-friendly features include end-of-chapter reflection questions and suggested activities. The Appendix provides reproducible planning forms and handouts that can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.

Table of Contents

I. The Research, Theory, and Pedagogy of Literacy Learning Clubs
1. Joining the Club
2. 21st-Century Membership
3. Literacy Learning Clubs in Action
II: Literacy Learning Clubs Inside the Disciplines
4. Literacy Learning Clubs in English Language Arts
5. Literacy Learning Clubs in Social Studies
6. Literacy Learning Clubs in Science
7. Literacy Learning Clubs in Mathematics
8. Literacy Learning Clubs in Special Areas
III: Literacy Learning Clubs Outside the Classroom
9. Literacy Learning Clubs for Civic Engagement
10. Literacy Learning Clubs to Support Schoolwide Literacy Efforts
Appendix. Sample Planning Guides, Forms, and Resources

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Diane H. Tracey, EdD, is Professor of Education at Kean University. She has written widely on topics related to literacy achievement and is an active presenter at local, state, and national conferences. Dr. Tracey has served as Secretary of the Literacy Research Association and on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Literacy Research, The Reading Teacher, the National Reading Conference Yearbook, and Education and Urban Society. Currently she is coeditor of the Journal of School Connections. Dr. Tracey is a recipient of Kean University's Presidential Scholars Challenge Award. Prior to her work at the university level, she was an early childhood educator and a research assistant on a large, federally funded grant project studying children's reading disabilities. Dr. Tracey is also a graduate student at the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, training to become a modern psychoanalyst.

Lesley Mandel Morrow, PhD, is Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Literacy Development at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. A former classroom teacher and reading specialist, her research deals with multiple topics in early literacy development. Dr. Morrow has more than 300 publications, including journal articles, chapters, monographs, and books. She is a recipient of Excellence in Research, Teaching, and Service awards from Rutgers; the Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award, the Special Service Award, and the William S. Gray Citation of Merit from the International Literacy Association (ILA); the Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement from Fordham University; and the Oscar S. Causey Award from the Literacy Research Association. Dr. Morrow has served as president of both the ILA and the Reading Hall of Fame.


"Casey shows how literacy learning clubs help students develop the social, emotional, and cognitive skills necessary for effective communication and participation in mutually supportive learning communities. Numerous examples illustrate how clubs operate in discipline-specific classrooms and demonstrate ways to incorporate digital tools and social media. Inservice and preservice teachers will enjoy the user-friendly 'Questions for Reflection' and the individual and collaborative 'Activities to Consider' that conclude each chapter. Most unique is the chapter on how these clubs can promote civic engagement."--Jill Lewis-Spector, EdD, Department of Literacy Education (Emerita), New Jersey City University; past president, International Literacy Association

"This great book is a timely description of what it means for students in grades 4–8 to become members of 'the literacy club,' as renowned educator Frank Smith characterized the social nature of reading. Casey shows how to implement actual literacy clubs in real classrooms, offering the most comprehensive guide that I have seen. A 'must read' for teachers who want to make reading come alive for their students."--Susan Lenski, EdD, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Portland State University

"Casey invites us to learn alongside her in this remarkable book. Research confirms the links between literacy, motivation, and engagement. Casey demonstrates how using the inquiry-driven model of the literacy learning club can be transformative for today's students, allowing for deeper and more meaningful learning."--Bev Gallagher, MEd, Princeton Day School, New Jersey

"Casey's book was a delight to read, and I am eager to apply some of the strategies in my classroom. The book should be in the hands of all teachers in grades 4–8 as they work to build students' critical literacy and learning skills and help them make sense of their world. Content-area teachers will find ways to integrate literacy into all disciplines, including classroom scenarios, research, and practical ideas for implementation."--Linda Biondi, MAT, MSEd, fourth-grade teacher, Sharon Elementary School, Robbinsville, New Jersey