Great Habits, Great Readers: A Practical Guide for K-4 Reading in the Light of Common Core: Teaching the Skills and Strategies Students Need for Success Paperback – 12 Jul 2013
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From the Back Cover
Great Habits, Great Readers
Our students aren′t born knowing how to decode words, make inferences, and cite evidence. In truth, great reading grows from great habits―a deeply learned set of skills and strategies that students can access the instant they begin reading. Great Habits, Great Readers is about the choices we as K–4 literacy instructors can make to teach every one of our students the habits of skillful reading. It outlines those strategies, systems, and lesson types that bring the habits of reading to life, creating countless high–quality opportunities for students to practice one of the most complex skills humans can learn.
This book, and the Reading–by–Habit model it proposes, provides concrete guidance. Great Habits, Great Readers is not just about finding the right texts (though we′ll cover that); it′s not just about making discussions more text–dependent (though we′ll address that, too). At its heart, the Reading–by–Habit model is about transforming that moment when a child gets something wrong into an opportunity to teach the habits that will help him or her get it right. Inside this book you′ll find:
- The Reading–by–Habit model, which builds a bridge between the rigor of the Common Core and the real–life needs of your class
- Five types of lessons: Read–aloud, comprehension skills, phonics, guided reading, and independent reading
- The tools you need to address the Common Core across your literacy block in a sustained, meaningful way
- Rich resources―from 40+ video clips to Professional Development workshop scripts to show you what truly game–changing reading instruction looks like
Praise for Great Habits, Great Readers:
"Great Habits, Great Readers brings the Common Core to life through real children, real teachers, amazing results, and an absolute clarity about what is needed in our elementary school classrooms. This book is a complete roadmap to excellence."
―Mark Murphy, Secretary of Education, Delaware Department of Education
"Bambrick–Santoyo and his colleagues have proven it′s possible to create extraordinary schools for the children who need them most. In this book, they do something even more important―they show us how. Every educator in America should read, discuss, and act on the ideas in this book."
―Timothy Knowles, John Dewey Urban Education Institute Director and clinical professor, University of Chicago
About the Author
Paul Bambrick–Santoyo is the managing director of North Star Academies, nine schools that are part of the Uncommon Schools network. He has trained school leaders worldwide in his work at Uncommon Schools and for New Leaders. He is also the author of Driven by Data and Leverage Leadership.
Aja Settles and Juliana Worrell are the founding principals of North Star Academy′s West Side Park and Fairmount Elementary Schools, also part of the Uncommon Schools network.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Great Habits, Great Readers explains all aspects of successful reading instruction. It begins by teaching how to create an efficient classroom with seamless systems to promote a rigorous learning environment ("Habits of the Classroom"). It then outlines the steps to create college-level (and student-guided) conversations at any grade level, known as "Habits of Discussion." There is a section devoted to each aspect of reading instruction including a deep dive into Guided Reading -- planning, executing, prompting, and more.
This instructional manual's content is practical and easily implemented in any classroom immediately. Perhaps what makes Great Habits, Great Readers more valuable than any other book about reading are the resources included to support the text. To name a few -- guided reading prompting guides (explicitly linked to the CCSS), sample lesson plans, workshop materials, AND a DVD that provides countless materials and video clips of excellent reading instruction in action.
As a colleague, fan and friend of Uncommon Schools, they have truly outdone themselves with Great Habits, Great Readers. Whether you are a teacher, a coach, a school leader, a superintendent, or just eager to learn how to teach reading, you must buy this book --it is unquestionable that you (and your students) will be changed forever!
We have ordered a copy for every teacher in our Title 1 elementary school (although many teachers insisted on buying their own copy) and intend to use it next year as the basis for a whole school book study. I also purchased a copy for our district's elementary language arts curriculum director. As a literacy coach and reading intervention teacher, I'm telling our faculty that this book is for anyone who works with needy populations of students. It's also for anyone who has ever thought, "I've done everything I know how to do, and they're still not reading on grade level." Great Habits, Great Readers is a career-changing book for teachers, and a life-changing book for students who receive instruction based on its principles.
As a rising school leader, I had the opportunity to visit North Star Academy on a few different occasions, and after each visit, I couldn't help but to wish that I had an internal guide for how to execute this model in the school I would lead. And lo and behold, Great Habits, Great Readers has been my wish come true. This text has broken the complexity of a rigorous literacy program into clear and digestible components that can be successfully replicated by schools across the nation. Aligned to Common Core, this instructional manual outlines specific instructional strategies and action steps that, when implemented, drive strong reading habits and success among budding elementary readers. Additionally, the resources included in the text, specifically narrative and informational guided reading prompting guides, sample lesson plans, and workshop preparation sheets provide a solid foundation from which to build high quality literacy tools. Further, a CD accompanies this text, providing targeted, authentic video segments of effective literacy instructional practices and strategies implemented by teachers and students in real time.
Indeed, Great Habits, Great Readers equips leaders and teachers to make effective instructional decisions within the literacy program that instill skillful reading habits in students. This book provides schools across the nation with the opportunity to get the complex art of literacy instruction, one of the most critical elements of a child's learning process, right! My school opens this July with an inaugural class of Kindergarteners, and our literacy framework is heavily based on Great Habits, Great Readers. Our founding instructional team is thrilled to have such a treasured, proven resource to support the success of our scholars!
Founder and Head of School
Purpose Preparatory Academy
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