How do you ensure you’re using literacy instruction effectively to meet the needs of all of your students? In this book from Diana and Betsy Sisson, you’ll learn an innovative approach to using the literacy block in a gradual release model that allows you to provide grade-appropriate teaching as well as meaningful, individualized instruction to close the academic gaps of struggling learners and offer accelerated experiences for advanced students.
·Part I of the book lays out the authors’ framework for the Core Block.
·Part II explains how to use the re-envisioned block to integrate the core components of word study, vocabulary development, strategic reading instruction, writers’ craft, and expanded reading opportunities,,
·Part III reveals how to use differentiation, project-based learning, and assessment to prepare students for new literacy demands.
·The appendix provides literacy block schedules, tools for phonics development and morphology study, and correlations to the Common Core.
Each chapter includes practical tools and examples, as well as "In Action" boxes show how the ideas look in an authentic classroom.
Table of Contents
Meet the Authors
PART I FOUNDATIONS OF LITERACY INSTRUCTION
Chapter 1 Historical Trends in Literacy Instruction
- Brief History of Reading Methodology
- Origins of the Literacy Block and Guided Reading
- Benefits & Challenges of the Literacy Block
Chapter 2 The Core Block
- Gradual Release of Responsibility Instructional Model
- Overview of Components in the Core Block
Comprehension and Fluency
- Guided Reading
- Small-Group Application
- The Core Block "In Action"
PART II COMPONENTS OF THE CORE BLOCK
Chapter 3 Word Study
- Significance of Word Study for Literacy Achievement
- Phonemic Awareness
- Phonics Development
- Word Study "In Action"
Chapter 4 Vocabulary Development
- Significance of Vocabulary for Literacy Achievement
- Key Principles for Robust Vocabulary Acquisition
- Personalized Vocabulary Study
- Vocabulary APP Centers
- Vocabulary "In Action"
Chapter 5 Strategic Reading Instruction
- Significance of Comprehension for Literacy Achievement
- Comprehension APP Centers
- Universal Comprehension Strategy Instruction
- Standards-Based Strategy Instruction
- Prescriptive Strategy Instruction
- Integrated Strategy Instruction
- Fluency's Role in Comprehending Text
- Comprehension Strategies "In Action"
Chapter 6 Writers' Craft
- Significance of Writers' Craft for Literacy Achievement
- The Reading-Writing Connection
- Integrating Writing Instruction in the Classroom
- Writers' Craft "In Action"
Chapter 7 Expanded Reading Opportunities
- Significance of Expanded Time for Student Reading on Literacy Achievement
- Read Aloud
- Independent Reading
- Book Groups
- Extended Reading Opportunities "In Action"
PART III ENSURING STUDENT SUCCESS
Chapter 8 Differentiating Instruction
- Individualizing Instruction for Students
Chapter 9 Project-Based Learning
- What is Project-Based Learning?
- The Power of Project-Based Learning
- Misconceptions About Project-Based Learning
- Obstacles in Implementing Project-Based Learning
- Integration of Projects into Literacy Block
- Suggested PBL Study Topics
Chapter 10 Assessment
- Attributes of Effective Assessment
Aligned to Instructional Purpose
Reflective of the Learning Process
Flexible to Meet the Needs of Teachers, Students, and the Classroom
Geared to Inform Instruction
Developed as Ongoing Cycle for Teaching and Learning
- Varied Means of Assessment
Developmental Spelling Assessments
Early Literacy Assessments
Informal Reading Inventories
Oral Reading Fluency Measures
APPENDIX Appendix A - Literacy Block Schedules
Appendix B - Phonics Development
Appendix C - Morphology Study
Appendix D - Common Core Standards
Diana Sisson and Betsy Sisson are international literacy consultants focusing on professional development and school improvement. They also serve as adjunct professors in the fields of teacher preparation, curriculum and instruction, research in literacy, and special educational programming.
"Organizing the literacy block can be very challenging with the rigorous and complex curriculum demands of the Common Core, not to mention the additional challenges of meeting all students’ needs through differentiation. So many teachers come to me frustrated and asking, "How do I fit it all in?" This book is a fantastic resource!"
--Karina Nevers, Learning Strategist, Las Vegas, NV
"Diana and Betsy Sisson’s book Re-envisioning the Literacy Block blends the theoretical with practical applications that provide excellent resources and tools for educators to become quality literacy teachers. Not only does the book offer teachers direct resources to impact their instruction, it also provides them with strategies to share with parents so they are better equipped to help their children develop and practice their literacy skills at home."
--Ann Linson, Superintendent, East Noble School Corporation, Kendallville, IN