Creating Lifelong Readers Through Independent Reading
by Barbara Moss and Terrell A. Young
*I don't normally have enough time to read from professional resources. I know I should, but when I do have time to read I want to read middle-grade fiction, young-adult fiction, and of course adult fiction.
*I came across this title because Donalyn Miller tweeted about it this past summer. She stated she revisits this text several times a year and always gains more knowledge from it.
*That was enough of a sale for me. I ordered the book and read it right before school started.
*There might not be a lot of "new" and "different" ideas in this book, but I so enjoyed reading it, reviewing what should be included in a reading workshop, and added a few new "tools" to my toolkit.
*The information also validated what I'm doing in the classroom and I am on the right direction in my teaching of reading of writing.
*If you have not read this resource, I highly recommend it. You will find it WONDERful!
The Reading Strategies Book
by Jennifer Serravallo
*This seemed to be the "book" of the summer. After seeing so many people tweeting about it, I knew I had to add it to my collection of professional resources.
*After receiving it in the mail, I was surpassed on how BIG it was. But I guess when you have a book full of 300 plus strategies it is going to be a major collection.
*When I first started reading, I read page by page, but then I realized this resource didn't need to be read that way.
*The book is broken up into section covering different major/big concepts or themes that you would teach during the reading workshop. Each section has between 15-20 mini lessons to meet those goals in that section.
*I started to peruse it and figured this can be used as a go-to guide when you are going to teach a specific skill/strategy/concept to the whole class, a guided reading group, or even an individual.
*I'm so excited to try out these strategies. I know they are going to improve my teaching!
*This is a MUST-HAVE for all reading teachers. It is a WONDERful resource.