The Book Fort
Instructional Ideas for Immediate Implementation
Welcome to The Book Fort: Issue 25
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Week Twenty Five: Building Strategic Readers (Pt. 2)
As you know if you checked out The Book Fort last week, I will be sharing some innovative strategies included in 20 Literacy Strategies to Meet the Common Core: Increasing Rigor in Middle and High School (2013) over the next couple of weeks. If you’re one of my many elementary school friends, don’t fret! This text absolutely works for the lower grades and the strategies can be easily adapted. In fact, one of the authors, Elaine K. McEwan-Adkins, has also published several similar books that target K - 6 and has a background in both the classroom and the library.
This week, I focused on the second section of the text, which is Craft & Structure, to pull out three literacy strategies for you, in the second strand in the anchor standards. What I have provided for you is just a tiny taste of the what the book has to offer. If you find it useful, the whole text is available online in various places, including Amazon. Download reproducibles from Solution Tree here.
McEwan-Adkins, Elaine K. & Burnett, Allyson J. 20 Literacy Strategies to Meet the Common Core: Increasing Rigor in Middle and High School. Solution Tree, 2013.
Craft & Structure: Anchor Standards 4, 5, & 6
Strategy 1: Quick-REACH Vocabulary Toolkit (149)
Resources in print, such as dictionary, glossary, or thesaurus.
Electronic tools such as a smartphone, tablet, translator, or apps.
Association students can make between the word and world knowledge they may already have, such as similar roots, prefixes, suffixes, or similar usages.
Clues in the text (context) from which students can make inferences.
Help from an expert, a classmate, an adult, or teacher if the other tools have been tried and the meaning is still illusive.
Strategy 2: Identify-Analyze-Relate (181)
1. Read a text and identify its text structure(s).
2. Analyze that structure by breaking it down and closely examining its individual sentences as well as paragraphs or larger sections in the context of the whole text.
3. Describe how these sentences and sections are related to each other as a whole and what effect that has on the quality or overall meaning(s).
Strategy 3: Purpose-Content-Style
Website of the Week
Tool of the Week
What Students Are Reading
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
As the new movie premiere approaches, it is the perfect time to read the classic tale of time travel and coming-of-age, A Wrinkle in Time. I am reading along with THE Liv Bits and her Padlet Book Club, and it is not too late to join! Adults and students of all ages are involved and it is a perfect way to connect as you read. The latest version of the book also includes photos from the making of the film, an interview with the author, and her poignant Newbery Medal speech. Follow Olivia @TheLivBits for frequent book recommendations and check out the book club today!
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
Recommended to a colleague, Maegan Woodlee, by a district ELL specialist, Wishtree will capture your heart and make you want to share it with all of your students, much like The One and Only Ivan, another beloved Applegate book. Maegan plans to use it as a whole class read in her ELL collaborative English class next year. The story about Red, the tree to which people tie their wishes, is told from a very unique perspective and is perfect for ages 8 and up. The audiobook is also available for students who may need or want this option. Follow the author @Kaaauthor.
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
Chicago senior Brent M. liked The Spectacular Now because it is a relatable story for all young adults in high school. It shows the struggles and hardships of life as a teenager, while showing the positives of being able live through the eyes of a young adult. You see all of this through the life of Sutter Keely, a senior that has a job, a workaholic mother, a sister that is married to a lawyer, and would soon find out that his father is a deadbeat. Brent is currently reading Looking For Alaska (on 3 days before), and Mojo and Badd, both by Tim Tharp, are next on his reading list. Follow the author @TimTharp1.