December 20. 2016

Spark Students’ Interest via Book Talks: A Teacher Tip from Fountas and Pinnell

Reading is thinking, and students’ “talk” reveals their thinking. Talking about books is a way to activate students’ interest and introduce them to new texts they might otherwise miss. Think of a book talk as a brief commercial for a book. Book talks are short—you simply want to whet the students’ appetites. 

Consider the following when selecting books for book talks:

  • New books by authors whom the students love.
  • Another book by an author whose book you’ve read aloud.
  • “Best-selling” titles that are popular with the age group.
  • Books on issues or topics that interest the students.
  • Books that introduce a new author, genre, or illustrator.

Book talks enable you to help your students get to know authors, genres and books that appeal to them, and thus extend their literate lives. Excerpted from Guiding Readers and Writers. 

September 8. 2016

Daily Lit Bit - 09/08/2016

Responsive teaching are those moment-to-moment decisions that teachers make as they observe and analyze their students’ behaviors.

(Excerpted from Guided Reading: Responsive Teaching Across the Grades, Second Edition. © 2017 by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.)

September 7. 2016

Daily Lit Bit - 09/07/2016

Learning does not automatically happen; most students need expert teaching to develop high levels of reading and writing expertise.

(Excerpted from The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum. © 2017 by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.)