What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? Fiction, Grades 3-8

Your Moment-to-Moment Decision-Making Guide

Gravity Goldberg,

What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? Fiction, Grades 3-8: Your Moment-to-Moment Decision-Making Guide
 
 

Streamline formative assessment for readers in just minutes a day. With What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? Fiction, learn how to move your students forward in their reading with this 4-step process—lean in, listen to students’ talk about books, look at their writing about reading, and then make teaching decisions based on what they′ve conquered and what challenges they need to take on next.

This practical approach shows you how to notice when readers are doing mostly literal, "right there" on the page thinking; when they are doing "over-time" synthesizing across a text; and when they are ready to kick into high gear and connect ideas across texts and real word themes.

The authors provide next-step resources for whole-class, small-group, and one-on-one instruction, including:

  • Tips for what to look for and listen for in reading notebook entries and conversations about books
  • Reproducible Clipboard Notes pages that help you decide whether to reinforce a current type of thinking, teach a new type of thinking, or apply a current type of thinking to a new text
  • More than 30 lessons on understanding characters and themes, meaningful note taking, strategy use, and more
  •  Reading notebook entries and sample classroom conversations to use as benchmarks 
  • Strategies for deepening the three most prevalent types of thinking about characters: Right-Now Thinking (on the page), Over-Time Thinking (across a picture book, a chapter, or a novel), or Refining Thinking (nuanced connections across text and life themes)
  • Strategies for deepening the three most useful types of thinking—frames, patterns, lessons learned—about themes
  • Online video clips of Renee and Gravity teaching, conferring, and discussing what fiction readers need to do next

With What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? Fiction, discover how to move your readers forward with in-class, actionable formative assessment. Your readers are showing you what they need next—lean in, listen, look, assess.

"Goldberg and Houser – both former staff developers at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project – have perfectly combined theory and practice to help teachers put students first in their decision-making process. Best of all, they’ve provided the tools necessary to assist teachers in making those decisions become a reality right away."
— Reviewed by Pam Hamilton for MiddleWeb



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