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Texts and Lessons for Teaching Literature: with 65 fresh mentor texts from Dave Eggers, Nikki Giovanni, Pat Conroy, Jesus Colon, Tim O'Brien, Judith Ortiz Cofer, and many more Paperback – March 6, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-0325044354 ISBN-10: 032504435X Edition: 1st

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Harvey "Smokey" Daniels has been a city and suburban classroom teacher and a college professor, and now works as a national consultant and author on literacy education. In language arts, Smokey is known for his pioneering work on student book clubs, as recounted in Literature Circles: Voice and Choice in Book Clubs and Reading Groups, and Minilessons for Literature Circles. His latest bestselling books on content-area literacy are Upstanders, Subjects Matter, Second Edition; Texts and Lessons for Teaching Literature; Texts and Lessons for Content-Area Reading; Comprehension & Collaboration; and Content-Area Writing. He is also coauthor of Best Practice, Fourth Edition and The Best Practice Video Companion as well as editor of Comprehension Going Forward. Smokey works with elementary and secondary teachers throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, offering demonstration lessons, workshops, and consulting, with a special focus on creating, sustaining, and renewing student-centered inquiries and discussions of all kinds. Smokey shows colleagues how to simultaneously build students' reading strategies, balance their reading diets, and strengthen the social skills they need to become genuine lifelong readers. Connect with Smokey @smokeylit. READING Comprehension Going Forward Mini-lessons for Literature Circles Subjects Matter, Second Edition Texts and Lessons for Content-Area Reading Texts and Lessons for Teaching Literature WRITING Community of Writers Content-Area Writing LITERACY Comprehension & Collaboration Inquiry Circles for Elementary Classrooms Inquiry Circles for Secondary Classrooms SCHOOL CULTURE Best Practice, Fourth Edition Best Practice Video Companion Rethinking High School Rethinking High School Video Upstanders

Nancy Steineke consults nationally as a keynote speaker, workshop presenter, and literacy coach for middle and high school teachers. She specializes in content-area literacy, nonfiction writing, purposeful close reading, literature circles, and student engagement. Nancy keeps the focus on manageable teaching strategies that best benefit students. A published author and accomplished teacher, Nancy has been featured in classroom videos for Best Practice and Comprehension and Collaboration. Her groundbreaking work with book clubs and student led discussion groups is captured in her books Assessment Live! and Reading and Writing Together. A frequent collaborator with Harvey "Smokey" Daniels, they have co-authored Mini-Lessons for Literature Circles; Texts and Lessons for Content Area Reading; and Texts and Lessons for Literature. Nancy presents annually at the National Council of Teachers of English, International Reading Association, and various state conferences. She is also an Illinois Writing Project leader. Along with Harvey Daniels, Nancy has organized and led over 50 multi-day residential institutes for teachers in locations around the United States.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 - 17 years
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann; 1 edition (March 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 032504435X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0325044354
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The strategies are useful and well explained.
Pickymom
Love using it with my high school special ed and my middle school general ed students.
K. R Chichester
I like using these very short passages with my low-level readers.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly L. Cooney on January 2, 2014
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So I teach regular level seniors and was looking for something to spice up what I already do with my kids. As a general rule, I think that the texts in the book are meant more for 8-10th graders than my kids, but the description makes no claims that it is for older students. The selections do seem engaging and while I have no intention of following the "scripts," they do suggest a variety of activities and starting points for discussion. I will probably use the texts to allow for some differentiation with my lower level students. Overall, it's not what I needed but having taught the lower grades before, I can see the quality and versatility of the selections for younger students.

My real complaint for the book is that I was disappointed with its alignment to the CCSS; it almost seems like an add-on to a book that was already written. For example, the standard related to structure has been very challenging for me to teach and I was looking for some ideas. One of the texts related to this standard is a poem by Sherman Alexie (yea!), but the only guidance for the standard is a single question "What about the poem's structure makes it work?" The variation section gives a little bit more: "If these lines were typed in prose form on a page, would they still make a poem? If so, what ingredients cause that?" These aren't exactly what I consider high-quality questions since they could apply to any poetic work out there. Add to this that there are no possible answers provided, and color me disappointed.

That being said, for a new teacher or someone looking to add some contemporary texts to their curriculum, this would be a valuable resource.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kay M. on July 12, 2013
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After examining this book, I expect to use it just as much as I've used its nonfiction predecessor. I expect my students to continue making great progress in their ability to understand, evaluate, and respond to what they read.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Diane Entizne on July 2, 2013
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Not just theory, actual useful lessons with everything you need, including accompanying text. Great resource for teaching the Common Core.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By debra finney on June 16, 2013
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The book is a good source for the classroom teacher. I was able to use a couple of lessons after I got it. I am using the workbook to help fill in lessons with more additional practice via the activities in this book.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Barjo on July 1, 2013
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I needed some mentor texts for the new common core standards for grade 6 English language Arts. There are lots of great pieces in this book.I would have given it 5 stars if it had lessons with CCLS guidelines attached.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 22, 2013
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I know money is tight for us teachers, but I have already used three lessons I two weeks. Directions are clear, the assignments are fun, and even my low readers are able to participate in meaningful conversations about the literature.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 28, 2013
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I already have the "reading" book that is looks similar. I think both books are amazing. The lessons are set up so nice, and really give a visual of what today's lessons should look like.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 10, 2013
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My colleague and I have the nonfiction text lessons and were excited to find the text lessons for teaching literature. Can't wait until we get to try out some of these lessons next year.
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