Growing Readers: Units of Study in the Primary Classroom

Growing Readers Units of Study in the Primary Classroom Primary grade teachers face an important challenge teaching children how to read while enabling them to build good habits so they fall in love with reading Many teachers find the independent reading w

  • Title: Growing Readers: Units of Study in the Primary Classroom
  • Author: Kathy Collins Lucy McCormick Calkins
  • ISBN: 9781571103734
  • Page: 484
  • Format: Paperback
  • Primary grade teachers face an important challenge teaching children how to read while enabling them to build good habits so they fall in love with reading Many teachers find the independent reading workshop to be the component of reading instruction that meets this challenge because it makes it possible to teach the reading skills and strategies children need and guidesPrimary grade teachers face an important challenge teaching children how to read while enabling them to build good habits so they fall in love with reading Many teachers find the independent reading workshop to be the component of reading instruction that meets this challenge because it makes it possible to teach the reading skills and strategies children need and guides them toward independence, intention, and joy as readers.In Growing Readers, Kathy Collins helps teachers plan for independent reading workshops in their own classrooms She describes the structure of the independent reading workshop and other components of a balanced literacy program that work together to ensure young students grow into strong, well rounded readers Kathy outlines a sequence of possible units of study for a yearlong curriculum Chapters are devoted to the individual units of study and include a sample curriculum as well as examples of mini lessons and reading conferences There are also four Getting Ready sections that suggest some behind the scenes work teachers can do to prepare for the units Topics explored in these units include print and comprehension strategies reading in genres such as poetry and nonfiction connecting in school reading and out of school reading developing the strategies and habits of lifelong readers.A series of planning sheets and management tips are presented throughout to help ensure smooth implementation.We want our students to learn to read, and we want them to love to read To do this we need to lay a foundation on which children build rich and purposeful reading lives that extend beyond the school day The ideas found in Growing Readers create the kind of primary classrooms where that happens.

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    1. This book is amazing! I read this book together with Reading with Meaning by Debbie Miller and Mosaic of Thought by Ellin Oliver Keene and Susan Zimmerman (1st edition). I learned so much about teaching children to understand and not just read words and pump out books.Units of study are meant for a readers workshop in early grades which is meant for a classroom. Fortunately, I feel like most of these techniques are easy to implement at home to teach children during read aloud. Like a good reader [...]

    2. Kathy Collins uses a lot of best practices that I found very helpful; however, if you are reading this resource as a source for new materialt likely. She spends a lot of time stroking the back of Lucy Caulkins. If you are unfamiliar with Caulkins, then you may find this very helpful. However, as a teacher who uses several of Caulkins' strategies, I found this book a little hard to finish because it felt almost cult like.

    3. I struggled with giving this book 3 or 4 stars. It IS scripted which many seasoned teachers get annoyed with but I think that for new teachers the "teacher talk" and scripted aspect of this book can be a very helpful springboard for their own lesson planning.

    4. Wish I had read this book earlier. Lots of ideas for organizing standards into units to study with mini lesson ideas. Based on a workshop model with readers always engaged with books and not busy work.

    5. "Growing Readers" was a text I wish I had found two years ago when I first started teaching reading in the workshop format. One of the parts of reading workshop I've always struggled with is establishing a well-structured independent reading time, as well as student conferences. Kathy Collins was really helpful in sharing plans for making independent reading time successful, such as seating options for children and the books that should be in their book boxes. She also shared tips for creating c [...]

    6. A good, user friendly book on implementing reader's workshop. Kathy Collins gives some step-by-step examples of mini lessons for each of her units and also some other great ideas to continue them. I really liked her chapter on teaching nonfiction texts!

    7. Must read for any elementary school teacher who teaches reading! Not only did it give a years worth of units and suggested lessons it reminds us what our end goal should be Educating life long readers!!

    8. This book has been ordered for the 2009-10 school year on the advice of Katherine Casey who led the NESA Literacy Coaching group meeting in Jordan in November, 2008.

    9. Great book for teachers about setting up and organizing reader's workshop in your classroom. A little too scripted, though.

    10. I read this book a few years ago and find that I still refer to it when I do teacher workshops. Perfect for primary teachers who are using best practices for developing good reading habits.

    11. Good choice for ideas of mini-lessons. My philosophy about leveled reading does not perfectly match the one in this book, but there were many valuable suggestions/ideas in this book.

    12. Excellent. Spending a week with her at the UNH Summer Literacy Institute causes me to appreciate this book even more!

    13. Not as strong as Debbie Miller or as organized, but if you have a background in the topic, the two together worked well!

    14. Kathy Collins does a good job of writing for educators. This book has strong ideas for reading workshop units for the younger readers and educators.

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