1st Edition

Readers Writing Strategy Lessons for Responding to Narrative and Informational Text

By Elizabeth Hale Copyright 2014

    When faced with a blank page in their readers' notebooks, students often fall back on what is familiar: summarizing. Despite our best efforts to model through comprehension strategies what good readers do, many students struggle to transfer this knowledge and make it their own when writing independently about books. Readers Writing,' Elizabeth Hale offers ninety-one practical lessons that show teachers how students of all ability levels can use readers' notebooks to think critically,' on their own,' one step at a time. Each of the lessons uses a fiction or nonfiction book to address a comprehension strategyquestioning, connecting, analyzing, synthesizing, evaluating, visualizing, or monitoringby showing students one specific way they can write about their thinking. Each lesson also provides an example of how to model the strategy. All of the lessons follow a similar format with five componentsName It, Why Do It?, Model It, Try It, and Share Itand include time for students to actively process what they learn by talking about and trying out the strategy in their readers' notebooks. Elizabeth also provides suggestions for supporting student independence, managing independent writing time, scaffolding comprehension of nonfiction texts as well as assessing and conferencing with readers' notebooks. Helpful appendices include a table that illustrates how each lesson aligns with the Common Core State Standards and a list of additional titles that can be used to demonstrate each of the ninety-one lessons. ' ' ' ' ' Readers Writing' gives teachers a way to engage all children with readers' notebooks, to learn the language of thinking, one strategy at a time, and to become lifelong readers who can think and write critically on their own.

    Chapter 1: Beyond the Book Report; Chapter 2: A Strategy Lesson; Chapter 3: Lessons for Narrative Text; Chapter 4: Comprehension of Nonfiction Text; Chapter 5: Lessons for Nonfiction Text; Chapter 6: Supporting Independence; Chapter 7: Noticing Comprehension Strategies in Student Writing; Chapter 8: Conferring with Reader's Notebooks; Chapter 9: Assessment and Final Thoughts


    Elizabeth Hale is a literacy consultant working with schools and districts around the country and a doctoral candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She previously taught at Emmanuel College as an instructor in the educational department and worked for nine years in the Boston Public Schools as a literacy coach and classroom teacher. Elizabeth is also the author of Crafting Writers, K-8 (2008).