Now Online: Many Texts, Many Voices

May 31st, 2012

We call ourselves a “community that cares.” When we answer the phone, we always say, “Room 17, a community that cares.”
—Larry (first-grader)

In Mary Shorey’s classroom, literacy learning goes hand-in-hand with amazing thinking about social issues, inquiry, and working together as a community toward common goals. In Many Texts, Many Voices, Penny Silvers teams with Mary to share innovative practices from Mary’s primary classrooms over a period of several years.

Whether responding to Hurricane Katrina, protecting bald eagles, or participating in biography book clubs, Mary’s students are always incorporating multidisciplinary themes and multiliteracies—digital, visual, and critical—into traditional literacy tasks. You’ll see students who:

  • meet in small inquiry groups to pursue topics that interest them;
  • think and talk together about important social issues;
  • examine perspectives, consider alternate points of view, ask critical questions, and take social action;
  • use technology such as wikis, blogs, and podcasts to achieve their goals.

Numerous appendixes provide checklists, graphic organizers, and rubrics.

Many Texts, Many Voices will be ready to ship in mid-June. You can pre-order and preview the entire book online now!

Entry Filed under: Content Areas,Literacy

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