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Reading/Writing Connections in the K-2 Classroom


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Foreword by Lucy Calkins Preface Acknowledgments PART I BUILDING CHAPTER ONEPowerful Relationships INTRODUCE ENGAGING TOOLS EMPHASIZE HOW STUDENTS TREAT ONE ANOTHER GET TO KNOW YOUR STUDENTS LET YOUR STUDENTS GET TO KNOW YOU START WITH STRENGTH FOR FURTHER STUDY CHAPTER TWOFind the Clarity. . . HOW ARE READING AND WRITING THE SAME? Both reading and writing are purposeful activities. Both reading and writing are a process. Readers and writers use similar sources of information (cueing systems). HOW ARE READING AND WRITING DIFFERENT? Writers express text for a purpose. Readers access text for a purpose. Writers always produce a product. Readers sometimes produce a product. Writing is a slower process. Reading is a quicker process. Writers must choose their topic. Readers must read about the topic that the writer chose. Writers choose their own structures. Readers are introduced to new structures. Writers go from sound to print. Readers go from print to sound. FOR FURTHER STUDY CHAPTER THREE. . .And Then Blur the Lines WHAT COMMON THINKING STRATEGIES DO READING AND WRITING SHARE? Readers and writers make decisions independently. Readers and writers activate relevant prior knowledge. Readers and writers determine importance. Readers and writers infer. Readers and writers envision. Readers and writers synthesize. Readers and writers ask questions of themselves and the writers and readers of their texts. Readers and writers monitor their reading and writing processes. Readers and writers activate their knowledge of letters and sounds. HOW CAN I USE THIS INFORMATION? FOR FURTHER STUDY PART II PLANNING CHAPTER FOURListening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing HOW DOES SPEAKING CONNECT TO WRITING? HOW DOES SPEAKING CONNECT TO READING? HOW DOES LISTENING CONNECT TO READING? HOW DOES LISTENING CONNECT TO WRITING? SUPPORTING SPEAKING AND LISTENING THROUGHOUT YOUR DAY Choice time. Sharing sessions. Informal conversations. READING AND WRITING PARTNERSHIPS: A POWERFUL STRUCTURE Launching partnerships. FOR FURTHER STUDY CHAPTER FIVEThe Components of Balanced Literacy WHAT ARE THE COMPONENTS OF BALANCED LITERACY? WHAT DOES BALANCED LITERACY ACTUALLY MEAN? LOOKING AT COMPONENTS THAT CONNECT Shared Writing: Highlighting meaning and structure sources of information. Read-Aloud: Highlighting meaning and structure sources of information. Interactive Writing: Highlighting visual sources of information. Shared Reading: Highlighting visual sources of information. Reading Workshop and Writing Workshop: Putting it all together. USING ASSESSMENT TO PLAN THE COMPONENTS OFBALANCED LITERACY HOW MANY TIMES PER WEEK SHOULD I DO EACH COMPONENT? FOR FURTHER STUDY CHAPTER SIXUnits of Study WHAT IS A UNIT OF STUDY? PLANNING READING AND WRITING UNITS OF STUDY Emergent literacy Units of Study. Revision Units of Study in reading. Series books Units of Study. Nonfiction Units of Study. Rereading Units of Study. IMMERSION: LETTING READING COMPLEMENT WRITING Immersion Lesson 1: Teaching students to notice the structures within texts. Immersion Lesson 2: Teaching students how to internalize the structures within texts. Immersion Lesson 3: Teaching students how to look at books to get new topic ideas. Immersion Lesson 4: Teaching students how to study one particular text structure. Immersion Lesson 5: Teaching students how to produce these structures through talking. Immersion Lesson 6: Teaching students how to produce these structures while writing. PLANNING READING AND WRITING UNITS OF STUDY SIDE BY SIDE Plan clear reading and writing goals for both Units of Study. Plan to teach reading and writing thinking strategies at similar times. Plan the order of your reading and writing minilessons. FOR FURTHER STUDY CHAPTER SEVENYearly Curriculum WHAT IS A CURRICULUM CALENDAR? GENERAL PRINCIPLES FOR PLANNING CURRICULUMS Curriculum calendars should have some genre Units of Study and some non-genreUnits of Study. Planning yearlong curriculums and assessing your students should be simultaneous. Curriculum calendars should be used as guides and should be revised and fine-tuned when necessary. Curriculum calendars should have between eight and twelve studies. Each Unit of Study should last from three to five weeks. Units of Study should build on one another. MAPPING READING AND WRITING CURRICULUMS TOGETHER 96Connect reading and writing curriculums by genre. Connect reading and writing curriculums by strategies. Connect reading and writing curriculums by process. FOR FURTHER STUDY PART III TEACHING CHAPTER EIGHTCrafting Your Teaching LISTEN TO YOUR STUDENTS STRUCTURE YOUR TEACHING IN CONSISTENT WAYS Connect the known to the unknown. Have one clear and brief teaching point. Ensure that both you and your students are active. TEACHERS TEACH USING THE QUALITIES OF GOOD WRITING AND THE COMMONTHINKING STRATEGIES ACROSS READING AND WRITING TEACHERS TEACH THE SAME CONCEPT OVER TIME ACROSS READING ANDWRITING TEACHERS ASSESS AND REFLECT UPON THE EFFECTIVENESS OFTHEIR TEACHING FOR FURTHER STUDY CHAPTER NINEMinilessons THE PURPOSE OF YOUR MINILESSONS MUST BE CLEAR TO YOUR STUDENTS THE STRUCTURE OF YOUR MINILESSONS SHOULD BE CONSISTENT The connection. The teach. The active engagement. The link. CONNECTING THE READING MINILESSON TO THE WRITING MINILESSON Just tell the students how the two minilessons connect. Retell a previous reading minilesson. Use the same or similar language across minilessons. Use materials from the reading minilesson in your writing minilesson. CONNECTING THE WRITING MINILESSON TO THE READING MINILESSON EXTEND MINILESSONS ACROSS TIME AND ACROSS SUBJECT AREAS Teaching minilessons across time in the Writing Workshop. Teaching minilessons across time in the Reading Workshop. SHOULD THE WRITING MINILESSON OR THE READING MINILESSON COME FIRST? HOW CAN I CREATE USEFUL CHARTS THAT DOCUMENT READING AND WRITING MINILESSONS? FOR FURTHER STUDY CHAPTER TENConferences STRUCTURE OF A CONFERENCE: RESEARCH, DECIDE, AND TEACH 133Research. Decide. Teach. TYPES OF CONFERENCES Content conference. Strategy conference. Coaching conference. CONFERRING ACROSS READING AND WRITING Angela: Strong writer/not as strong reader. Tan: Strong reader/not as strong writer. Tynia: Similar needs across reading and writing. FOR FURTHER STUDY CHAPTER ELEVENSmall Group Work WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SMALL GROUP WORK? THE STORY BEGINS: ASSESSING WRITERS THE STORY CONTINUES: FORMING GROUPS DECIDING ON METHODS OF TEACHING TEACHING SMALL GROUPS Small groups should teach a strategy that some but not all students need. Small group instruction should be structured in ways similar to your minilessons. BLUR THE LINES: MOVING SMALL GROUPS BETWEEN WRITINGAND READING Continuing with Group 3: Small group instruction in both writing and reading. Continuing with Group 6: Small group instruction in both writing and reading. FOR FURTHER STUDY CHAPTER TWELVEFinal Thoughts BLUR THE LINES IN YOUR METHODS AND STRUCTURES OF TEACHING BLUR THE LINES IN YOUR PLANNING AND YOUR ASSESSMENTS BLUR THE LINES IN YOUR STRENGTHS BLUR THE LINES IN YOUR MATERIALS BLUR THE LINES IN YOUR PROFESSIONAL READING Appendixes1: RECOMMENDED PROFESSIONAL LITERATURE 2: TRANSCRIPT OF REHEARSAL AND REVISION IN READING 3: STRATEGIES TO TEACH MEANING, STRUCTURE, AND ADDING SOURCES OF INFORMATION 4: THINKING STRATEGIES THAT READERS AND WRITERS USE 5: PLANNING SHEET FOR THE COMPONENTS OF BALANCED LITERACY 6: PLANNING A UNIT OF STUDY 7: PLANNING READING AND WRITING UNITS OF STUDY 8: PLANNING A CURRICULUM CALENDAR 9: SAMPLE CURRICULUM CALENDARS 10: TRANSCRIPTS OF A CONNECTED READING AND WRITING MINILESSON 11: CONFERRING WITH STUDENTS ACROSS READING AND WRITING 12: SMALL GROUP WORK PLANNING SHEETS References Index

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By utilizing the reading/writing connection, teachers can fit more into a day than they ever dreamt possible. Reading/Writing Connections in the K-2 Classroom demonstrates how through careful, explicit assessing, planning and teaching every student can understand the relationship between reading and writing. Filled with practical classroom strategies based on both theory and research, this resource demonstrates how to move students between reading and writing to become more skillful readers and writers. The book explores the essential understandings needed to use the reading/writing connection; demonstrates how planning helps to use the reading/writing connection; and outlines teaching strategies to use the connection to strengthen your everyday encounters with students. Charts, minilessons, and curriculum calendars provide ways to organize your ideas. A special feature called "For Further Study" is included for staff developers, literacy leaders, principals and members of study groups to provide a track for continued learning. Assessment is integrated into each chapter, providing a clear image of what it looks like to assess in the service of student learning. Practical ways to integrate phonemic awareness, phonics, word study and spelling into planning and teaching reading and writing are incorporated throughout. Word study is integrated into each chapter to ensure a systematic approach to the topic.

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