Books for Teachers
DK Readers: Inauguration Day by Laaren Brown
Democracy's Big Day: The Inauguration of Our President, 1789-2013 by Jim Bendat
The Complete Book of Presidential Inaugural Speeches: From George Washington to Barack Obama
The White House
Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out by N.C.B.L.A. (Author), Various (Author, Illustrator), David McCullough (Introduction)
The White House (Rookie Read-About American Symbols) by Lisa M. Herrington
The White House for Kids: A History of a Home, Office, and National Symbol, with 21 Activities (For Kids series) by Katherine L. House
Thomas Paine: Crusader for Liberty: How One Man's Ideas Helped Form a New Nation by Albert Marrin
Thomas Jefferson: President and Philosopher by Jon Meacham
A Woman in the House (and Senate): How Women Came to the United States Congress, Broke Down Barriers, and Changed the Country by Ilene Cooper
Becoming Ben Franklin: How a Candle-Maker's Son Helped Light the Flame of Liberty by Russell Freedman
Chasing George Washington (Kennedy Center Presents: Capital Kids) by Ronald Kidd
Chains (The Seeds of America Trilogy) by Laurie Halse Anderson
Our Country's First Ladies by Ann Bausum
Patience Wright: American Sculptor and Revolutionary Spy by Patience Wright
A Voice of Her Own: The Story of Phillis Wheatley, Slave Poet by Kathryn Lasky
Vote! by Eileen Christelow
Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Signers: The 56 Stories Behind the Declaration of Independence by Dennis B Fradin
Samuel Adams: Son of Liberty, Father of Revolution by Benjamin H. Irvin
Why Don't You Get A Horse, Sam Adams? by Scott Foresman
Will You Sign Here, John Hancock? by Jean Fritz
Paul Revere's Midnight Ride by Stephen Krensky
John and Abigail Adams: An American Love Story by Judith St George
Why Not Lafayette? (Unforgettable Americans) by Jean Frit
On Solid Ground : Strategies for Teaching Reading K-3 by Sharon Taberski
Enter Sharon Taberski's classroom and enter a world where children take pride, take risks, and most of all, take reading seriously. It's not utopia by any means; Sharon deals with the same issues other teachers face: limited resources, tremendous diversity, and the constant threat of overcrowding. What makes her exceptional is her clear vision. She is systematic in her thinking, wise in her decision making. Most of all, she understands her role as a teacher and goals for each student. This is why Sharon is on solid ground.In her book, Sharon shares what she's gained in her twenty years of working with children and teachers. It's organized not around a set of prescribed skills, but around a series of interconnected interactions with the learner:
Assessment: Sharon begins by describing her procedures for assessing children's reading and then using what she finds to inform her work. She covers scheduling and managing reading conferences, taking oral-reading records, and using retellings and discussions as tools.
Demonstration: Once she has identified strengths and needs, Sharon demonstrates strategies to help her students become better readers. In this section, she explains how she uses shared reading and read aloud as platforms for figuring out words and comprehending texts, and explores small-group work - guided reading and word-study groups - and teaching children one on one.
Practice: Here, Sharon describes how she uses independent reading as a time for practice, spelling out the very active roles she and her students play. She also devotes a complete chapter to matching children with books for independent reading.
Response: It's important for students to know they're doing well and where they must concentrate their efforts. Sharon explains how her students use writing and dialogue as tools to better understanding themselves as readers.
On Solid Ground is informed by current thinking, yet loaded with advice, booklists, ready-to-use reproducibles, and - of course - the words and work of real children. Sharon's approach is clear, sensible, timeless. You'll turn to her book throughout your career [From Amazon].
Teaching Vocabulary to English Language Learners
This resource offers a comprehensive plan for vocabulary instruction that K–12 teachers can use with English language learners. It is broad enough to include instruction for students who are just beginning to build their English vocabularies, as well as for students whose English vocabularies are approaching those of native speakers. The authors describe a four-pronged program that follows these key components: providing rich and varied language experiences, teaching individual words, teaching word learning strategies, and fostering word consciousness. This user-friendly book integrates up-to-date research on best practices into each chapter and includes vignettes, classroom activities, sample lessons, a list of children's literature, and more. [From reading.org]
Morris Informal Reading Inventory: Preprimer through Grade 8 by Darrell Morris EdD
In one concise volume, Darrell Morris provides a complete tool for assessing students' reading ability. Unlike most informal reading inventories (IRIs), Morris's approach incorporates measures of automaticity (word recognition and fluency) together with oral reading accuracy and comprehension. This results in more efficient, accurate, and thorough assessments. Included are an examiner's manual and all test materials for the basic IRI (grades 2-8) plus a separate beginning reading inventory (grades K-1). In a large-size spiral-bound format for ease of use, the book features more than 90 pages of word/letter lists, illustrated reading passages, and other test materials, all with permission to photocopy.See also Morris's Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems, Second Edition, which guides teachers through a comprehensive diagnostic battery for planning instruction and intervention [From Amazon].
Bringing Words to Life, Second Edition: Robust Vocabulary Instruction by Isabel L. Beck, Margaret G. McKeown, and Linda Kucan
Hundreds of thousands of teachers have used this highly practical guide to help K-12 students enlarge their vocabulary and get involved in noticing, understanding, and using new words. Grounded in research, the book explains how to select words for instruction, introduce their meanings, and create engaging learning activities that promote both word knowledge and reading comprehension. The authors are trusted experts who draw on extensive experience in diverse classrooms and schools. Sample lessons and vignettes, children's literature suggestions, end-of-chapter summaries, and "Your Turn" learning activities enhance the book's utility as a classroom resource, professional development tool, or course text.New to This Edition
-Reflects over a decade of advances in research-based vocabulary instruction.
-Chapters on vocabulary and writing; assessment; and differentiating instruction for struggling readers and English language learners, including coverage of response to intervention (RTI).
-Expanded discussions of content-area vocabulary and multiple-meaning words.
-Many additional examples showing what robust instruction looks like in action.
-Appendix with a useful menu of instructional activities.
See also the authors' Creating Robust Vocabulary: Frequently Asked Questions and Extended Examples, which includes specific instructional sequences for different grade ranges, as well as Making Sense of Phonics, Second Edition: The Hows and Whys, by Isabel L. Beck and Mark E. Beck, an invaluable resource for K-3 [From Amazon].
Web Literacy for Educators by Alan C. November
"A huge contribution. The coverage is very complete, and the examples are engaging and very informative." (Cheryl Oakes, Collaborative Content Coach for Technology 2007-09-28) "Both the newcomer and the tech-savvy educator can find something useful from this well-organized, easy-to-follow book. A wonderful addition for any educator." (Betsy Muller, Technology Consultant and Teacher 2007-09-28) "Internet technology expert Alan November addresses everything an educator needs to know in this modern era to make use of the Internet for a better curriculum and how to address the problems it brings, such as plagiarism." (Wisconsin Bookwatch, June 2008 2008-07-11) "An outstanding guide for any education library." (The Bookwatch, July 2008 2008-11-21)