Now Online: Good Choice!

November 24th, 2008

As a young teacher, I realized that I needed to be the catalyst to connecting my learners to literature…independent reading needed to become an integral and focused component of my daily reading program, not simply an activity for early finishers or for settling down after lunch.

Tony Stead’s new book, Good Choice!, is a comprehensive guide for creating lifelong readers through independent reading and response. You’ll discover how to:

  • establish routines to make independent reading a natural part of each day;
  • excite your students by providing a range of reading materials — including magazines, newspapers, maps, and computers — based on their interests and abilities;
  • make the best use (and avoid pitfalls) of leveling for independent reading;
  • use mini-lessons and conferences to expand kids’ reading repertoire;
  • help them discover the many purposes for reading, become active participants in the selection process, and read more at home;
  • assist students as they respond to their reading, for both engagement and assessment.

Throughout the book, Tony provides classroom transcripts and student samples for grades K-2 and 3-6, with special sections that tailor ideas to kindergarten and grade 1. You’ll find dozens of graphic organizers and reproducible forms and rubrics, as well as a list of useful websites for independent reading and research.

You can preview the entire book online now!

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