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Talk That Teaches
Using Strategic Talk to Help Students Achieve the Common Core

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ISBN 9781462510429
Published October 4, 2013 by Guilford Press
284 Pages


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Book Description

Featuring vivid examples and lesson plans, this book helps K-8 teachers reflect on and improve the ways talk is used in their classrooms. The authors explain the important role of skillful teacher talk in effective, motivating literacy instruction geared to the Common Core standards. Presented are clear-cut ways to help students set explicit goals for their learning; explain and model key strategies; and provide ongoing feedback. Over a dozen easy-to-implement lessons in vocabulary, comprehension, and writing are complete with how-to-do-it instructions, classroom vignettes, text suggestions, and reproducible worksheets. The large-size format facilitates photocopying. Purchasers also get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.

Table of Contents

I. Vocabulary Instruction: Talking the Talk!
Lesson 1. Directly Teaching Word Meanings
Lesson 2. Inferring Word Meaning through Context
Lesson 3. Using Morphemes to Understand Word Meanings
II. Comprehension Instruction: Talking the Talk!
Lesson 4. Visualizing
Lesson 5. Making Inferences
Lesson 6. Determining What's Important
Lesson 7. Making Predictions
Lesson 8. Making Connections
Lesson 9. Summarizing
Lesson 10. Close Reading
III. Writing Instruction: Talking the Talk!
Lesson 11. Planning to Write an Argument
Lesson 12. Drafting a Research Report
Lesson 13. Writing to Learn
Appendix A. Lesson Template
Appendix B. Reflecting on Your Own Talk
Appendix C. Some Examples of Reflecting on Your Own Talk
Appendix D. Children's Literature That Supports Visualization
Appendix E. Children's Literature That Supports Making Inferences

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Jeanne R. Paratore, EdD, is Professor of Education and Coordinator of the Reading Education and Literacy and Language Education Programs at Boston University. She is a former classroom teacher, reading specialist, and Title I director. Dr. Paratore is a member of the Reading Hall of Fame and a recipient of the New England Reading Association's Lifetime Achievement Award and the International Reading Association's Celebrate Literacy Award. She has conducted research and published widely on issues related to family literacy, classroom grouping practices, and interventions for struggling readers. She is also a coauthor of one of the nation's leading reading programs, Reading Street.

Dana A. Robertson, EdD, is Assistant Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at the University of Wyoming. He is a former classroom teacher, reading specialist, and literacy coach. Dr. Robertson was a featured teacher in the video series Teaching Reading, 3-5, produced by WGBH Television and the Annenberg Foundation. His research and publications focus on teacher talk, comprehension strategies instruction, and teacher professional development.


Talk That Teaches provides authentic lesson plans demonstrating how to integrate teacher talk into vocabulary, comprehension, and writing instruction using quality literature. The graphic organizers accompanying each lesson supply further tools to scaffold student learning as teachers work to implement the Common Core State Standards. Especially suited for undergraduate literacy methods courses, the book also has a place in graduate reading intervention courses.--Susan L. Massey, PhD, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Western Illinois University

This is one of the first books I have read that addresses the Common Core standards with direct strategies that make a difference in the classroom. Paratore and Robertson foster good teaching by giving the reader the rich experience of seeing what student engagement through talk looks like. The lessons are well organized, useful, and easy to build from. This is an excellent, inviting book for all teachers looking for ways to make the Common Core standards work skillfully and strategically in the classroom.--Barry Hoonan, MA, fifth- and sixth-grade teacher, Bainbridge Island, Washington

The lesson plans in this book are systematically structured and provide scaffolded instruction. Illustrative examples embedded in each lesson allow the reader to step inside the classroom and experience 'talk that teaches' in action. This book will be a welcome addition to the professional libraries of primary and secondary teachers looking to support their students as critical thinkers.--Kristie Miner, MSEd, Literacy Coordinator, Whitney Point (New York) Central School District