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The Literacy Coach's Handbook: A Guide to Research-Based Practice
Sharon Walpole PhD
1593850344
April 2004
Textbook Paperback
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Review
"What a wealth of information is included in this book! It has so many resources, all pulled together in one volume. In addition to literacy coaches, administrators and classroom teachers will also find helpful information. Whether just beginning to initiate school reform and unsure of where to start, in the midst and trying to stay focused, or well on the way to ensuring that lasting changes are made, readers will find what they need in these pages. I will most certainly refer to this volume again and again."--Cece Tillman, MS, Literacy Coach, Davis Elementary School, Trenton, Georgia

"A 'must read' for literacy coaches and administrators, this handbook defines the role of a literacy coach in a schoolwide, research-based reading improvement system. It not only describes what coaches need to know and do, but also provides...


Guiding Readers and Writers (Grades 3-6): Teaching Comprehension, Genre, and Content Literacy

0325003106


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Book Description
Fountas and Pinnell support teachers on the next leg of the literacy journey, addressing the unique challenges of teaching upper elementary students.

About the Author
IRENE C. FOUNTAS, a professor in the School of Education at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been a classroom teacher, language arts specialist, and consultant in school districts across the nation and abroad. She works extensively in the literacy education field and directs the Literacy Collaborative in the School of Education at Lesley University. GAY SU PINNELL is a professor in the School of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University. She has extensive experience in classroom teaching and field-based research, and in developing comprehensive approaches to literacy education. She has...


The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy
E. D. Hirsch, Jr.
0618226478
Oct 2002
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
This third edition of the 1988 reference, full of the same back-to-basics philosophy of the earlier volumes, promises to once again serve as a lightning rod for lively discussion. Divided into chapters such as "The Bible" (the editors point out that, regardless of one's religion, it is impossible to be culturally literate without some Biblical knowledge, just as one needs to know the Koran to be literate in Arab culture), "Technology," "Idioms," "World Geography," "Mythology and Folklore" (which includes everything from Medusa to Mickey Mouse) and "Literature in English," the book is a compendium of thumbnail definitions of the bedrock items that make up society. This latest volume includes about 500 (out of nearly 7,000) new entries, 200 of which are in the science and technology chapters. Other entries have...


Social Studies Literacy Activities

0743931726


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A Vote for Murder
Jessica Fletcher
0451216318
Sept 2005
Paperback
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From AudioFile
Operating under the charming fiction that she is a real mystery writer and co-author of this book, Jessica Fletcher travels from Cabot Cove, Maine, to Washington, D.C., and is, of course, immediately embroiled in a murder. The victim is a high-level senatorial aide. Fletcher stumbles upon the body with a Scotland Yard inspector (her pal) at a dinner party and then sets herself to ferreting out the clues. Cynthia Darlow sounds just like Angela Lansbury, but that's not all there is to the success of this series. She performs the other players with distinct characterizations, even the male ones, and the narrative flows with no apparent effort. The whole package is handled with professional skill. D.R.W. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the...


Literacy with an Attitude: Educating Working-Class Children in Their Own Self-Interest
Patrick J. Finn
0791442861
September 1999
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
This book is for teachers, parents, and community organizers who are on the side of working-class children. It's about the resistance of working class children to the kind of education they typically receive, education designed to make them useful workers and obedient citizens. It's about working-class habits of communication and ways of using language that interfere with schooling. It's about a new brand of teachers, followers of Brazilian educator Paulo Freire who are developing effective methods for teaching powerful literacy in American working-class classrooms. It's about teacher networks where teachers devoted to equity and justice find mutual support. And it's about community organizers who are bringing working-class parents together around education issues and helping them mount effective demands for powerful...


Best Practices in Literacy Instruction
Linda Gambrell (Editor)
1572308753
April 2003
Textbook Paperback
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Review
"This timely second edition takes the field even further toward closing the gap between literacy research and productive classroom practice. Contributing authors, informed and respected literacy scholars, provide in-depth treatment of many of the critical issues facing teachers of reading. Throughout the volume, the voices of real teachers add texture, depth, and credibility. This is an important and much-needed contribution for educators and an excellent text for graduate seminars on reading research."--Timothy Rasinski, PhD, Kent State University

"There is a great deal of wisdom in this book for educators and researchers interested in all aspects of literacy. The contributing authors represent the finest minds in literacy education today, and they review major instructional and policy issues with a wonderful balance...


Jewish Holidays

0062720082


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Rabbi Richard J. Israel
"This is a delightful, interesting, evocative, uesful, and occasionally outragous book that fills a real need."

Book Description
The coeditor of the enormously popular Jewish Catalog "help[s] readers understand more fully the meaning of our holidays and thereby to observe these festivals . . . with a greater devotion and joy."--Rabbi Alexander M. Schindler

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Jewish Literacy
Joseph Telushkin
0688085067
Apr 1991
Hardcover
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Book Review
In 1988, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin undertook a mission to heal "Jewish ignorance," an affliction whose symptoms include the ability to name the three components of the Trinity, coupled with an inability to explain mitzvah. Telushkin's contribution to the cure is his wide-ranging, entertaining Jewish Literacy. First published in 1991, Jewish Literacy contains almost 350 entries on subjects ranging from the Ten Commandments to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Entries are numbered (for easy, encyclopedia-style reference) and organized topically (to smooth the experience of reading each page straight through). And the revised edition contains several new entries (including articles about the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the vice-presidential nomination of Joseph Lieberman) as well as numerous corrections,...


Literacy for the 21st Century: A Balanced Approach
Gail E. E. Tompkins
0131190768
March 2005
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
Literacy for the 21st Century is the number #1 reading book preferred by teacher educators, future teachers, and in-service teachers.  The book continues to offer the most balanced approach to literacy instruction on the market today, while providing the clearest look into successful literacy teaching. The new 4th Edition has been thoroughly revised to address the realities of today's classroom and to provide invaluable practical resources your students will want to keep for use in their own classroom.  For Literacy Teachers, In-service & Pre-service Teachers, and Reading Specialists.

The publisher, Prentice-Hall Career & Technology
Literacy for the Twenty-first Century offers a readable, field-tested and practical approach based on four contemporary...


A Picture of Freedom
Patricia C. McKissack
0590259881
Mar 1997
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6. Clotee is an orphan living on the plantation of "Mas' Henley" and "Miz Lilly." Her owners have put her to work fanning Miz Lilly and her young son William during tutoring sessions. William may not be keen to learn, but Clotee is. She has learned to read while looking over the boy's shoulder and eventually she teaches herself how to write. She practices her newfound skills by writing in a makeshift, secret diary, which is found by William's new tutor. Luckily, he turns out to be an abolitionist. Through his work, Clotee helps some of her friends escape to the North, but she herself chooses to stay behind on the plantation as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. Clotee is such a vibrant, fully rounded character that it is almost painful to think of her left on the plantation while her friends...


The Demon-Haunted World
Carl Sagan
0345409469
Feb 1997
Paperback
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Book Review
Carl Sagan muses on the current state of scientific thought, which offers him marvelous opportunities to entertain us with his own childhood experiences, the newspaper morgues, UFO stories, and the assorted flotsam and jetsam of pseudoscience. Along the way he debunks alien abduction, faith-healing, and channeling; refutes the arguments that science destroys spirituality, and provides a "baloney detection kit" for thinking through political, social, religious, and other issues.

From Publishers Weekly
Eminent Cornell astronomer and bestselling author Sagan debunks the paranormal and the unexplained in a study that will reassure hardcore skeptics but may leave others unsatisfied. To him, purported UFO encounters and alien abductions are products of gullibility, hallucination,...


The American Accent Guide, Second Edition: A Complete and Comprehensive Course on the Pronunciation and Speaking Style of American English for Individuals of All Language Backgrounds / book and 8 CDs
Beverly A. Lujan
0963413945
January 2004
Paperback
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Lakshmi Venkatachulam, LAKSH Institute for Language and Accent Training, Bombay
The most comprehensive resource. It has all the tools necessary to reduce accent and to develop American rhythm and pronunciation.

Qais Salem, Ghaza Translation Company, Saudi Arabia
I aced the listening section of the TOEFL, thanks to this program. It is amazingly helpful with many valuable insights.

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50 Literacy Strategies: Step By Step
Gail E. Tompkins
013112188X
March 2003
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
This conveniently organized resource book reflects the latest, most exciting ideas in literature focus units, reading/writing workshop, and thematic instruction. It provides step-by-step instructions for using fifty research based, classroom tested literacy strategies—encompassing reading, writing, listening, speaking, and visualizing—and for each, supportive material helps classroom teachers decide the when, why, and how of optimal use. A Categorical Index of strategies appears on the inside front cover, serving as a handy reference for classroom use, making strategy selection easier and more reliable. New instructional strategies such as interactive writing, story retelling, and word sorts have been included. A supplemental book to assist elementary school teachers in literacy and language arts. ...


Time for Literacy Centers: How to Organize and Differentiate Instruction
Gretchen Owocki
0325007314
February 2005
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
In a recent survey, 80% of K-3 teachers considered outstanding in literacy instruction reported using literacy centers in their classrooms. Surprised? Gretchen Owocki isn't. She knows that literacy centers are an ideal tool for teachers who seek out opportunities to differentiate their instruction, and in Time for Literacy Centers, she shows you every aspect of using centers successfully.

About the Author
GRETCHEN OWOCKI is an associate professor at Saginaw Valley State University, where she teaches courses in early literacy, reading, and teacher research. Gretchen, her husband David, and their daughter Emilia enjoy life on their Michigan farm with their dog J.R.


Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction
Isabel L. Beck, et al
1572307536
March 20, 2002
Paperback
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Review
"Vocabulary is the bedrock supporting academic language proficiency. Without any doubt, speech-language pathologists recognize the critical importance of vocabulary learning for children and adolescents struggling with language and literacy learning. The challenge is how we can better support genuine vocabulary learning so that struggling students will be better positioned to meet the new reading and writing standards. This book offers speech-language pathologists a strong conceptual framework and evidence-based strategies for achieving the goal of functional vocabulary learning. The rich and detailed strategies are presented in a highly readable way. This accessibility allows the creative speech-language clinician to find many ideas that can easily be adapted into meaningful strategies for boosting the authentic word knowledge...


Exemplary Literacy Teachers
Cathy Collins Block
1572308915
Jan 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Based on a widely cited study of exemplary teachers, this accessible book illuminates the instructional techniques and behaviors that result in the most significant achievement gains at each grade level. It guides teachers in assessing their strengths and building their skills within six key domains of literacy instruction that are directly linked to student success. Students in reading methods courses and reading practica will find it a useful resource and text. Including numerous reproducible materials, the book features: *Profiles of the characteristics of exemplary teachers at each grade level *Self-assessment exercises to help teachers determine their strengths and areas for improvement *Sample lesson plans, learning activities, and resources for different kinds of learners *Skills-building exercises to...


What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy
James Paul Gee
1403965382
May 2004
Paperback
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Norman A. Lockman,USA Today,
"These games succeed because, according to Gee, they gradually present informatiion that is actually needed to perform deeds." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review
"[Gee is] a serious scholar who is taking a lead in an emerging field."--Scott Carlson, Chronicle of Higher Education

"Am I a bad parent for letting [my child] play video games at 4? Not at all, according to Gee."--Jim Louderback, USA Weekend Magazine

"Rather than be reined in, today's successful game designers should be recognized as modern masters of learning theory..."--Mike Snider, Cincinnati Enquirer

"...an astoundingly insightful manifesto on teaching and learning..."--Michael Hoechsmann, McGill Journal of...


Prentice Hall Guide for College Writers (7th Edition)
Stephen P. Reid
0131918222
February 2, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
This best-selling writing guide integrates purpose, process, and rhetorical strategies into every chapter, offering readers the clearest explanation of writing. In addition to emphasizing critical reading, every major chapter contains professional and student samples, rhetorical techniques, journal exercises, reading and writing activities, collaborative activities, peer-response guidelines, and revision suggestions. A student essay in each chapter contains writing process materials (outlines, audience analysis, interview notes, drafts, revision plans, etc.). For high school and college students.


Bridging the Literacy Achievement Gap, Grades 4-12
Dorothy S. Strickland (Editor)
0807744867
June 2004
Textbook Paperback
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Spotlight on Comprehension
Linda Hoyt
0325007195
Oct 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
This book presents a tapestry of short, highly practical essays loaded with ready to use strategies for teaching reading comprehension and assessing understanding.

About the Author
LINDA HOYT has many years of experience teaching in elementary classrooms. She has also worked as a reading specialist, a staff developer, a curriculum specialist, and is currently a full-time consultant. Her special love is creating environments where children engage as active participants in the learning process.


The Chicago Manual of Style
University of Chicago Press Staff
0226104036
August 1, 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Countless publishing professionals have learned the details of their business from this classic guide for publishers, editors and writers. It's updated every 10 years or so, and the 15th edition is the most extensive revision in decades. The Internet's influence is pervasive, with substantial sections on preparing manuscripts for electronic publishing, editing for online publications and citing electronic sources. The "Rights and Permissions" chapter is by attorney William S. Strong (The trace the publication process for books and journals, both print and electronic, from manuscript development to distribution and marketing. For the first time, the manual includes a chapter on grammar and usage, by Bryan A. Garner (A Dictionary of Modern Usage). Gone is the 13-page table showing when to hyphenate compound words...


Trauma and Addiction
Tian Dayton, PH.
1558747516
Jan 2000
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Addicts and their families are victims of posttraumatic stress disorder, argues Dayton, a therapist specializing in addiction treatment. As such, they are numbed, unable to identify their emotions and respond to them suitably so that they can cope with addiction and other problems. A number of techniques are discussed for developing this "emotional literacy," including letter-writing, journal-keeping, analyzing family photographs, and psychodrama. As with many therapy books, only anecdotal evidence is offered, so readers are unable to gauge the validity of Dayton's sweeping statements about large groups of people. On the other hand, a number of people clearly experience unhappy and insecure childhoods and must deal with the aftereffects. The advice offered here seems useful and sensible, but much of it can be...


Snapshots: Literacy Minilessons Up Close
Linda Hoyt
032500272X
January 2000
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
Linda Hoyt, author of the popular Revisit, Reflect, Retell, returns with the definitive guide to conducting minilessons across the literacy spectrum.

About the Author
LINDA HOYT has many years of experience teaching in elementary classrooms. She has also worked as a reading specialist, a staff developer, a curriculum specialist, and is currently a full-time consultant. Her special love is creating environments where children engage as active participants in the learning process.


2006 Writers Market (Writer's Market)
Kathryn S. Brogan (Editor), et al
1582973946
August 10, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
The resource for helping writers get published and get paid for what they write, Writer's Market is the ultimate go-to guide. Backed by 85 years of authority, this edition: -Offers complete, updated contact information and submission guidelines for more than 4000 markets, 700 more than any comparable resource -Includes 600 new markets, allowing writers to explore fresh opportunities -Features interviews with Alexander McCall Smith and others, as well as helpful tips and instructional articles Bigger and better than ever, 2006 Writer's Market continues the tradition that's made the brand the number one resource for writers since 1921.


Literacy: Helping Children Construct Meaning
J. David Cooper
0618473939
February 2005
Textbook Paperback
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Review
"I appreciate the literature selections....It is very handy for my students to have these selections in their books so I can use them to demonstrate instructional techniques with them. The level of documentation is very comfortable to me. Cooper solidly references the knowledge base, but the text is clearly focused on content. It doesn't read like a literature review, as some do." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description

This reading methods text focuses on a contemporary, active learning approach for teaching literacy. Its 11 chapters and teacher resource handbook help teachers develop balanced literacy programs using both direct and indirect instruction.

One of the text's hallmark features is its complete presentation of authentic...



Reading History
Janet Allen
0195165969
Jan 2005
Paperback
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Story: Substance, Structure, Style and The Principles of Screenwriting
Robert McKee
0060391685
December 17, 1997
Hardcover
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Book Review
Writing for the screen is quirky business. A writer must labor meticulously over his or her prose, yet very little of that prose is ever heard by filmgoers. The few words that do reach the audience, in the form of the characters' dialogue, are, according to Robert McKee, best left to last in the writing process. ("As Alfred Hitchcock once remarked, 'When the screenplay has been written and the dialogue has been added, we're ready to shoot.' ") In Story, McKee puts into book form what he has been teaching screenwriters for years in his seminar on story structure, which is considered by many to be a prerequisite to the film biz. (The long list of film and television projects that McKee's students have written, directed, or produced includes Air Force One, The Deer Hunter, E.R., A Fish Called Wanda, Forrest Gump, NYPD...


The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation: The Mysteries of Grammar and Punctuation Revealed
Jane Straus
0966722175
August 1, 2004
Paperback
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Kate Russell - BBC World/Click Online
Clearly presented...great for remembering the rules--such as where to place the apostrophe when dealing with possessive nouns.

Internet Cool Guide
One of the best references...its explanations are straightforward and perfectly logical--it solved our who/whom usage questions forever.

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AP Stylebook
Associated Press
0465004881
July 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
The world is divided into two types of people: those who wince when they see the words Canadian geese in print, and those who don't. If you are the former, or if you are the latter working for the former, the The Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual provides invaluable assistance when you need to get your Canada geese all in a row. Countless newspapers and other publications base their style guides on this manual. The entries are arranged alphabetically and include issues of spelling, punctuation (there is no period in Dr Pepper), grammar, abbreviation, capitalization (Popsicle and Dumpster are, tollhouse cookies aren't), hyphenation (none, surprisingly, in ball point pen), and frequently misused words. There are also longer discussions of things such as Arabic...


2006 Childrens Writers & Illustrators Market (Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market)
Alice Pope (Editor)
1582974020
August 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
The best and most complete guide to the children's publishing world available, Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market is the favorite reference for children's book beginners and professionals. The 2006 edition includes: -750 up-to-date listings for book publishers, magazines, agents, and more -Interviews with award-winning authors and illustrators like Peter McCarty, Yuji Morales, and Angela Johnson -A friendly book design, making it easy to browse and easier to use With a scope of information not found in any other book, this guide is the classic -- the top reference for anyone interested in children's books.

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