Category Archives: Independent reading

Natalie Babbitt – Tuck Everlasting

Natalie Babbitt, the author of Tuck Everlasting and many other books, died on Monday at 84. The New Your Times outlines her life and her writing.

Babbitt says about her book-

“Actually, I don’t think of ‘Tuck’ as being about death,” Ms. Babbitt said in 1982. “The tale is concerned with life — its finiteness, what this means and whether or not, ultimately, it is preferable to immortality.”

Anne Tyler, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, described “Tuck Everlasting” as “one of the best books ever written — for any age.”

 

Books for Teachers: Classroom Management Advice…

An earlier post introduced you to a book by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. I want to outline another Fountas and Pinnell book that you want to have — Guiding readers and writers Grades 3-6: Teaching comprehension genre, and content literacy. ISBN 0-325-00310-6
first20days

You may have just been placed in a class after a school reorganization and now are trying to get your class working independently so you can expand your Balanced Literacy Program to get to the essential guided reading lessons with your groups. There are many topics in this book, but do take time to read through Chapter Nine- Getting Started: The first twenty days of independent reading. The lessons outlined in this chapter show you how to do just that. They outline minilessons on 1. Lessons on management, 2. Lessons on strategies and skills, and 3. Lessons on literacy analysis. (Fountas & Pinnell, pg. 128, 2001)

The First 20 Days (Adapted from Guiding Readers and Writers, Grades 3-6, by Fountas & Pinnell)