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Resources for High Quality ELA Instruction

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Resources for High Quality ELA Instruction


Literacy Today


Elementary/ Secondary


Literacy Today offers practical information and resources tied to the elementary ELA and Secondary ELA programs for teachers in Québec.


Québec Reading Connection


Elementary/ Secondary

Québec Reading Connection offers an extensive selection of quality literature from Québec, Canada and beyond. 


Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading by Kylene Beers & Robert E. Probst


Elementary/ Secondary


Offers strategies for making meaning of narrative texts by using “signposts” and questions that encourage readers of all levels to stop and think about the text. This approach to reading could be of use in PD that involves researching new strategies to try in the classroom. 


Reading Nonfiction: Notice and Note by Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst


Elementary/ Secondary


Offers strategies for reading nonfiction titles. Nonfiction is ever present in the world and purports to tell the truth. Students need to be sophisticated and skillfull readers of nonfiction. 


 


Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters by Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst


Elementary/ Secondary


Offers a useful mix of research-based and practical information and strategies for encouraging readers to move from extracting information from the texts they read to transacting with them. 


 


Teaching Literature to Adolescents by Beach, Appleman, Hynds, Wilhelm


Secondary


A rich resource designed to introduce ELA teachers to current methods for high school ELA. 


Comprehension and Collaboration by Harvey Daniels and Stephanie Harvey


Elementary/ Secondary


This resource focuses on using small group discussion and collaborative learning strategies. Of use for professionals who are interested in developing collaborative PD and strategies for the response process. 


180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents by Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle


Secondary

This books represents a year-long collaboration between two teachers and their Secondary ELA students. It offers a step by step account of their experience along with teaching resources and classroom video footage.


Response and Analysis by Robert E. Probst


Elementary/ Secondary


This work argues for a more humane method for teaching reading to secondary students based on dialogue. Thoroughly researched, it offers workshop activities and resources to help readers formulate articulate responses to texts, many of which can be adapted to model with workshop participants.


Read, Write, Teach by Linda Rief


Elementary/ Secondary


This book offers the beginning and more expert teacher a window into Linda’s classroom and her teaching practices that encourage secondary students to read, respond, and produce authentic texts. Her approaches are ideally used in a reading workshop setting.


Reading Essentials - The Specifics of What You Need to Teach Reading Well by Regie Routman


Elementary


Routman outlines a clear instructional framework for supporting teachers to teach children how to read, including demonstrations, shared demonstrations, guided practice and independent practice.


The Reading Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo


Elementary


Serravallo details 300 strategies to share with readers in support of thirteen goals-everything from fluency to literary analysis. Each strategy is cross-linked to skills, genres, and Fountas & Pinnell reading levels.


Do I Really Have to Teach Reading? by Cris Tovani


Secondary


Tovani’s teaching resources and strategies will help teachers learn how to model reading practices for students and help them capture their reading.


So What Do They Really Know? by Cris Tovani


Secondary


Tovani offers ways to harness the power of assessment that informs teaching and learning. Of interest are the chapters on using annotations and “inner-voice” to help readers make their thinking about reading visible.

Kylene Beers This blog offers information on her upcoming PD sessions as well as data and resources from her work with Robert E. Probst (Notice and Note). Blog posts are frequently updated with teacher practices that support reading and a variety of downloadable resources.
Edutopia This website houses articles and resources for teacher professional development. Of interest are the blog and video resources.
Kelly Gallagher Kelly’s website offers resources and information for helping students become better readers and writers. Of interest are handouts for reading and his article of the week.
Frank Serafini This comprehensive website offers information on the reading workshop as well as reading visual and multimedia texts. Dr. Serafini also has a series of podcasts and a blog where he discusses his current work and offers resources of interest to professional development leaders.
Jennifer Serravallo  This website offers speaking information on her work as well as resources for working with elementary students on reading and writing. 
Teaching Channel This database offers videos of classroom practice in all subject areas. Of particular interest for ELA professional development leaders are the videos on collaborative learning structures and examples of professional development structures with guiding questions.
Teaching Works (University of Michigan) This website offers information on high leverage teaching practices as well as articles, presentations and other resources related to teacher training.
Read Write Think (NCTE) This comprehensive website offers lesson plans and other resources for elementary and secondary English language arts.