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One of the nicest gifts anyone can give me is the title of a great book.  This page is for you.  The downloadable lists are for your students.  ALSO: PLEASE CHECK OUT MY BLOG, "ONLY GOOD BOOKS"!!! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Nonfiction Book Talk Project requires students to read a nonfiction book, describe it briefly, then answer the audience’s questions about it.  This project includes an overview of the assignment, the audience’s questions, a scoring checklist, and a list of recommended nonfiction books.  This assignment has worked very well with HS students and can be modified for MS students or for a different genre of reading.  If you're reading a novel, try the Book Talk Project for Class Novel.  For more information, check out the Book Talk Projects page.

RECOMMENDED READING FOR EDUCATORS:

                                                  
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1. Check out THE LITERACY COOKBOOK blog!
2. Check out my other blog, ONLY GOOD BOOKS!  NOTE: Titles noted with three asterisks (***) include a link to my review of the book.
3. Check out the lists below.

 

ON CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION:

 

Bambrick-Santoyo, Paul.  Driven by Data: A Practical Guide to Improve Instruction.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010.

---.  Leverage Leadership: A Practical Guide to Building Exceptional Schools.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2012.

Calkins, Lucy, Mary Ehrenworth, and Christopher Lehman.  Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating Achievement.  Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2012.

Esquith, Rafe.  Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56.  New York: Penguin Books, 2007.

***Lemov, Doug.  Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010.

Wiggins, Grant, and Jay McTighe.  Understanding by Design (2nd ed.).  Alexandria, VA: ASCD, 2005.

 

ON READING/VOCABULARY: 

 

Appleman, Deborah.  Critical Encounters in High School English: Teaching Literary Theory to  Adolescents.  New York: Teachers College Press, 2000. 

Beck, Isabel L., and Margaret G. McKeown.  Improving Comprehension with Questioning the Author.  New York: Scholastic, 2006.

Beck, Isabel L., Margaret G. McKeown, and Linda Kucan.  Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary  Instruction.  New York: Guilford Press, 2002. 

---.  Creating Robust Vocabulary: Frequently Asked Questions & Extended Examples. New York: Guilford Press, 2008.

 

Beers, Kylene.  When Kids Can't Read: What Teachers Can Do.  Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2003.

***Beers, Kylene, and Robert E. Probst.  Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading.  Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2013.

 

Daniels, Harvey, and Steven Zemelman.  Subjects Matter: Every Teacher's Guide to Content-Area Reading.  Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2004.

Gallagher, Kelly.  Deeper Reading: Comprehending Challenging Texts, 4-12.  Portland, ME:  Stenhouse Publishers, 2004. 

Harvey, Stephanie, and Anne Goudvis.  Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement (2nd ed.).  Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers, 2007.

 

Hyde, Arthur.  Comprehending Math: Adapting Reading Strategies to Teach Mathematics, K-6.  Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2006.

Keene, Ellin O., and Susan Zimmerman.  Mosaic of Thought: The Power of Comprehension Strategy Instruction (2nd ed.).  Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2007.

Lattimer, Heather.  Thinking Through Genre: Units of Study in Reading and Writing Workshops 4-12.  Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers, 2003.

***Lemov, Doug, Colleen Driggs, and Erica Woolway.  Reading Reconsidered: A Practical Guide to Rigorous Literacy Instruction.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2016.

 

Miller, Donalyn.  The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2009.

Richardson, Jan.  The Next Step in Guided Reading: Focused Assessments and Targeted Lessons for Helping Every Student Become a Better Reader, K-8.  New York: Scholastic, 2009.

Robb, Laura.  Teaching Reading in Social Studies, Science, and Math.  New York: Scholastic, 2003.

Tovani, Cris.  I Read It, but I Don't Get It: Comprehension Strategies for Adolescent Readers.  Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers, 2000.

Trelease, Jim.  The Read-Aloud Handbook.  New York: Penguin, 2006.

Zwiers, Jeff. Building Academic Language: Essential Practices for Content Classrooms.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008.
 

 

ON WRITING: 

Anderson, Jeff.  Mechanically Inclined: Building Grammar, Usage, and Style into Writer's Workshop.  Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers, 2005.

---.  Everyday Editing: Inviting Students to Develop Skill and Craft in Writer's Workshop.  Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers, 2007.

Bernays, Anne, and Pamela Painter.  What If?: Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers.  New York:  HarperCollins Publishers, 1990.

Buckner, Aimee.  Notebook Know-How: Strategies for the Writer's Notebook.  Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers, 2005.

Caine, Karen.  Writing to Persuade: Minilessons to Help Students Plan, Draft, Revise, Grades 3-8.   Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2008.

Ehrenworth, Mary, and Vicki Vinton.  The Power of Grammar: Unconventional Approaches to the Conventions of Language.  Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2005.

Elbow, Peter. Embracing Contraries: Explorations in Learning and Teaching.  New York: Oxford  University Press, 1986. 

---.  Writing With Power: Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1981. 

---.  Writing Without Teachers. New York: Oxford University Press, 1973.

 

***Fish, Stanley.  How to Write a Sentence and How to Read One.  New York: HarperCollins, 2011.

 

Fletcher, Ralph.  What a Writer Needs.  Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1993.

Goldberg, Natalie.  Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within.  Boston: Shambhala  Publications, 1986.

Graff, Gerald, and Cathy Birkenstein.  "They Say/I Say": The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing (2nd ed.).  New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2010.

 

***Hochman, Judith C., and Natalie Wexler.  The Writing Revolution: A Guide to Advancing THinking Through Writing in All Subjects and Grades.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2018.

 

Lattimer, Heather.  Thinking Through Genre: Units of Study in Reading and Writing Workshops 4-12.  Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers, 2003.

Noden, Harry R.  Image Grammar: Using Grammatical Structures to Teach Writing.  Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1999.

Robb, Laura.  Nonfiction Writing From the Inside Out.  New York: Scholastic, 2004.

Tsjimoto, Joseph I.  Teaching Poetry Writing to Adolescents.  Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers  of English, 1988. 
 

ON HOW WE THINK ABOUT TEACHING, LEARNING, AND CHANGE: 

 

***Aguilar, Elena.  The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2013.

 

Brown, Peter C., Henry L. Roediger III, and Mark A. McDaniel.  Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning.  Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2014.

***Coyle, Daniel.  The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born.  It's Grown.  Here's How.  New York: Random House, 2009.

 

***Duhigg, Charles.  The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business.  New York: Random House, 2012.

 

***Dweck, Carol S.  Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.  New York: Random House, 2007.

Ericsson, Anders, and Robert Pool.  Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.

***Greene, Ross W.  Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges Are Falling Through the Cracks, and How We Can Help Them.  New York: Scribner, 2009.

***Heath, Chip, and Dan Heath.  Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Survive.  New York: Random House, 2007.

***---.  Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard.  New York: Broadway Books, 2010.

Hirsch, E.D., Jr.  The Knowledge Deficit: Closing the Shocking Education Gap for American Children.   New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2006.

 

***Lemov, Doug, Erica Woolway, and Katie Yezzi.  Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2012.

 

Pink, Daniel.  Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.  New York: Riverhead Books, 2009.

Postman, Neil.  Conscientious Objections: Stirring Up Trouble About Language, Technology, and Education.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988.

***Steele, Claude M.  Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do.  New York: W.W. Norton, 2011.

Thernstrom, Abigail, and Stephan Thernstrom.  No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning.  New  York: Simon & Schuster, 2004.

***Tough, Paul.  Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why.  New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
 

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