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Teaching Reading in Middle School (Grades 5 & Up) Paperback – August 1, 2000

ISBN-13: 007-8073685608 ISBN-10: 0590685600 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1 edition (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590685600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590685603
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laura Robb is one of a rare breed of teachers: She not only tolerates, but actually thrives on teaching middle schoolers. For her, their high energy level, regular challenges to adults, and constant seeking of identity and peer support make them a fascinating, rewarding group, even if they are occasionally rebellious, outrageous, or irritating. In Teaching Reading in Middle School, this teaching veteran of 35-plus years imparts her zeal for teaching this age group even as she explains exactly what makes it so different. The thesis of the book is fairly straightforward: becoming a successful reader is a goal within most middle-school students' reach. When educators remember that middle schoolers want to be "actively involved in research, reading, writing, talking, and thinking about topics that are relevant to their lives," they will be able to help their students build a solid foundation for learning. Robb focuses on strategic reading, comprehension, and creating a workshop atmosphere in the classroom, and packs her chapters with callouts, text boxes, quotations, checklists, 45-minute workshop block schedules, and very useful bibliographies and appendices. This highly organized, comprehensive guide to teaching reading will be a tremendous boon to educators who want to make a difference in the lives of the adolescents they teach. --Emilie Coulter

About the Author

Author, teacher, coach, and speaker, LAURA ROBB has completed 43 years of teaching in grades 4-8. She presently coaches teachers in reading/ writing workshop at Powhatan School in Virginia and coaches teachers in grades K-8 in Staunton, Virginia, Long Island, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, and West Nyack, New York.

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About Laura Robb



Author, teacher, coach, and speaker, Laura Robb has completed 43years of teaching in grades 4-8. She presently coaches teachers in reading/writing workshop at Powhatan School in Virginia and coaches teachers in grades K-8 in Staunton, Virginia, Long Island, and Ann Arbor, ichigan, and West Nyack, New York.

She has written more than 16 books for teachers -- her most recent titles are her 476 page binder, Teaching Reading: A Complete Resource for Grades 4 and Up, and a big book for teaching reading strategies, Teaching Reading With Think Aloud Lessons. In addition, Robb has penned these best sellers for Scholastic: Nonfiction Writing From the Inside Out: Lessons for Teaching all Elements of the Craft, Inspired by Conversations with Leading Authors, Teaching Reading in Middle School, Teaching Reading in Social Studies, Science, and Math, Grammar Strategies and Lessons That Strengthen Students' Writing

Look for Robb's newest Scholastic book: Differentiating Reading Instruction shows teachers in grades 4 and up how to meet the divertse needs of classes with mixed reading levels.
Robb has just completed a major work on writing for Heinemann called: Teaching Middle School Writers--available April, 2010. She has completed a second edition of Teaching Reading in Middle Schoolthat will be available in June, 2010.

Robb has designed classroom libraries for Scholastic. Presently, Robb has classroom libraries for grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. She also works with Scholastic to customize classroom libraries when school districts request tailoring purchases to their specific needs.

A co-author for The Great Source's Daybooks and Sourcebooks, Grades 2, 3, 4, and 5, Robb also co-authored The Great Source's Summer Success Reading Program for Grades K-8, their Reading Handbook for grades 6-8, one for grades 4-5, and one for grade 3. Presently, Robb is the senior author of Reading Advantage, a Great Source program for middle and high school students who read two to eight years below grade level.
Robb is the lead author for the revision of the Daybooks for grades 3 to 5.

Robb has completed a three year term on the National Council of Teachers of English Commission on Reading. Robb and commission colleagues have written a book on literacy for NCTE called:What Research Really Says About Teaching and Learning to Read, edited by Dr. Steve Kucer. . She's also served on the editorial review board for Language Arts magazine. Robb wrote the "Motivating Readers' Column for Instructor Magazine for 1996-1998. She's also collected two poetry anthologies: Snuffles and Snouts illustrated by Steven Kellogg (Dial, 1995) and Music and Drum illustrated by Deborah Lill (Philomel, 1997).

Robb is a keynote speaker at conferences all over the country, trains teachers on differentiating reading instruction and writes articles for education journals.

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This is a must-have book for all middle school language arts teachers!
PMacLady
Robb does a great job of taking balanced reading strategies that work great at lower levels and adapting them to middle school reading.
Maribeth Dann
Robb's ideas are easy to implement and she backs up her ideas with data.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Radcliffe on January 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
The very best thing about Laura Robb's newest book is that after you read it, you don't feel you need to meet her. As I read, whenever I had a question,want to see an example, or wish that a checklist might be on the next page, there it was! After reading it you will have post-its on specific pages, feel organized and know that you have to have two copies, one for home and one for school. The book is perfectly organized. A short chapter on the research that shapes a middle school reading program, is followed by strategy lessons that go through the process of reading almost anything: before,during, and after reading. These chapters are prefaced by a most helpful chapter on what strategic reading looks like in middle school. The chapters after are on ways to connect students to books, cross grade projects and a wonderful chapter on assessment. The appendices are perfect! They hit the nail on the head from reading surveys to open ended discussion questions (by genre). This book is truly the answer to a middle school reading teachers prayers!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Maribeth Dann on October 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
Robb does a great job of taking balanced reading strategies that work great at lower levels and adapting them to middle school reading. This book would be very helpful for anyone wanting new reading ideas. The title is a bit misleading--I can see upper elementary teachers as well as high school teachers finding something useful!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amateo S. Seno on December 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
As a new middle school book, I found this book to be very valuable, because Robbs confirms what skills I knew it took to be a good reader, but wasn't sure how to pass on to my students. The book is well orgainized and succinct. She briefly relates what the latest shows to be most effective skills needed improving reading performance and follows it up with activities based on the research. It is easy to read for the busy teacher. Moreover, it is very practical to use since, Robbs shows how it may be used in a 45 minute class session. In addition, the book is filled with reading recommendations, great for those like who are unfamiliar with young adult literature.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Gulley Jimson on June 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
Linda Rief's Seeking Diversity and Nancie Atwell's In The Middle offered a great deal more that was helpful and insightful. This book had much less content - plenty of big print, lots of pictures and charts - and what was there was rather basic. Rief's book is better for concrete activities that kids will actually enjoy, and Atwell's book has a novel and solid philosophy that I think will offer more real guidance than any number of handouts on journal formats. I mainly used the book for some information on books that middle schoolers would like, but honestly other teachers and my own students had much more to tell me.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Tarpley on February 11, 2003
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This is a good starter book for those diving into the world of teaching their first English class. The only downside to the book is it's small size format which makes reproducing some the pages look like you "shrunk" them down instead of them being full size. Easy reading on how to teach reading strategies. . . not how to teach students how to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 14, 2007
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This books has a lot of good ideas and activities for teaching reading in middle school. It has practical advice and sound methods for supporting literacy in the classroom. This book should be in every teacher's reference library.
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