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“This book is becoming my bible.”–Instructor --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Invitations has encouraged and supported thousands of K-12 educators in the change process. The text (the white pages) provides in-depth information for putting whole language theory into practice, as well as step-by-step demonstration lessons for topics such as becoming a whole language teacher; shared reading and shared writing for all grades; guided reading - whole class, small group, and individualized; grouping for success; using literature meaningfully; developing literature extension activities; responding to literature through literature response logs and discussion groups; setting up an independent reading program; teaching phonics and skills strategically; journal writing, letter writing, and story writing for authentic purposes; integrating spelling into the language arts; getting the publishing process going in the classroom and in the school; integrating the language arts through literature and across the curriculum; understanding and utilizing meaningful evaluation procedures for teachers and students - anecdotal records, grading, and self-evaluation; applying holistic strategies to L.D. students and "at-risk" learners; organizing and managing the whole language classroom; and establishing teacher support groups and other support networks. Each chapter in the book is written in a knowledgeable, personal voice and is complete in itself. Chapters can be read in any order to suit individual needs. Now, the section of Invitations known as The Blue Pages has been updated, expanded, and revised to provide the most comprehensive annotated teacher resources available in one place. It includes the latest and best children's and young adult literature K-12 including manymulticultural titles and supplemental lists; professional texts; assessment and evaluation books and resources; spelling books and resources; math, science, and social studies resources; journals, journal articles, newsletters; literacy extension resources that support the integration of the language arts across the curriculum; and extensive and practical appendices for classroom use. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Echo
  • Hardcover: 762 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann; Upd Exp Su edition (October 24, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0435088378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0435088378
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.8 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,206,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This is an absolute MUST for both emerging educators and for veteran teachers who are willing to keep up with the never-ending changes in education! Ms. Routman does not get bogged down with quoting today's "educational standards" in her book, because she does not write in order to please State Boards of Education (which I'm sure she accomplishes, anyway). This is the "inviting" thing about "Invitations"! She writes out of her love of learning, and even more, her love and belief in children, ALL children, as capable learners!
As a novice myself, entering into the world of teaching, I have found Ms. Routman's book to be my bible, at my fingertips in the classroom and on my desktop when preparing lessons, research papers, and answering some of those tough questions like, "Well, Johnny doesn't WANT to read! What can I do to motivate him into a love of learning?" Ms. Routman answers this question and more.
I'm not talking about an author who gives wonderfully idealistic examples of "what to do", but an author who describes, through concrete examples, lessons, approaches, philisophy, and ideas as to HOW to set up your classroom and get your kids reading and writing. She also includes an abundance of resource information (in her "Blue Pages" section) as to where to seek out additional information. An entire section is outlined in detail on how to present "fantasy" writing for children. It's as if somebody took the time to do the work for you, yet she leads you to a place where you want to go beyond what she's done and create even more for yourself and for your students.
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By A Customer on September 26, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Routman's user friendly guide is well written, easy to understand and extremely practical to use. It has made me reflect on my teaching techniques in a whole new way and I now think and rethink what I do and why I do it. I have seen my at-risk students gain success using the program and I have seen my other students feel a love of reading and writing because of the techniques I learned. It does work.
Some say that whole language is a fraud and that it doesn't work. That is truly unfortunate. It has gotten a bad rap because many people assume that whole language ignores the skills. I taught phonics in my classroom and it was a whole language classroom. Phonics are necessary but just not the only thing necessary and this book helps you to find the other parts of a good literacy program!
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Format: Hardcover
The book is a great resource for teachers. It provides step-by-step techniques to help you teach different strategies to students in the area of language arts. Many of the techniques can also be used with other disciplines. One technique is called the KWL. It allows students to participate and to critically think. K=what do you know? W=what do you want to know L=what did you learn? Using this technique, it will teach students' strategies such as using their prior knowlege and predictions. The book also includes pictures and numerous examples to guide you. It promotes cooperative learning and draws from the interest of the students. The book also provides a variety of different techniques to reach students of all ability levels.
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Recommended for teachers who are looking for creative suggestions for teaching reading.
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