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Fresh Strategies to Engage Students in Literacy

Discover research-based tips and strategies to improve literacy from upper elementary to secondary school classrooms. Teachers, preteachers, and teacher preparation institutions will find this an invaluable resource for helping students master assignments in reading, writing, speaking, and listening, as encouraged by the Common Core State Standards. Topics include teaching close reading and writing, engaging students, making literacy instruction meaningful, and more.


  • Engage students in cognitive conversations around speaking, writing, and reading.
  • Transform students into independent thinkers and questioners.
  • Buoy rigorous instruction by embedding it in a supportive, engaging environment.
  • Communicate concepts like narrative, perspective, and metaphor.
  • Encourage and model questioning.
  • Use soft skills and novelty to reach reluctant students.

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Chapter 1: Close Reading and Close Writing
Chapter 2: The Core of Literacy
Chapter 3: Reteaching Strategies
Chapter 4: Cognitive Conversations
Chapter 5: Using Novelty for Reluctant Learners
Chapter 6: Creative and Critical Thinking Approaches to Literacy
Chapter 7: Outrageous Teaching
Chapter 8: Mixing Complexity and Integration Into Planning
Chapter 9: Standards and Assessments Fostering Literacy Growth



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