Browse Books & More by Curriculum: Early Reading

10 Easy Writing Lessons That Get Kids Ready for Writing Assessments
Teach students to write effectively and raise test scores at the same time. Easy, sequential lessons mirror the exercises found on state performance assessments.
Grades 3 – 6
Mary Rose


6 + 1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for the Primary Grades
Why has the 6+1 TRAIT model had such a tremendous impact on writing instruction? Because it works. It allows teachers to pinpoint students' strengths and weaknesses in ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation, and focus instruction. Now Culham turns her expert eye to our youngest students. Like her groundbreaking guide for grades 3 and up, her new book contains scoring guides, sample papers, and focus lessons for each trait, but framed to address K-2 teachers' needs.
Grades K – 2
Ruth Culham


A Practical Guide to Tiering Instruction in the Differentiated Classroom
In this practical guide, teacher and brain-based learning expert Sarah Armstrong offers the tools and techniques that make designing tiered lessons manageable.
Grades 3 – 8
Sarah Armstrong; Stephanie Haskins


Accelerated Vocabulary Instruction
A comprehensive guide to developing a rich vocabulary that helps children access and understand the core curriculum.
Grades 2 – 6
Nancy Akhavan


Assessments for Differentiating Reading Instruction
Timely assessments are key to effectively differentiating instruction. This practical resource from reading expert Laura Robb contains more than 50 easy-to-use assessments, including reading strategy checklists, reading interest surveys, tiered task evaluation forms, conference forms, self-evaluations, and more.
Grades 4 – 8
Laura Robb


Beyond Bedtime Stories
A Parent's Guide to Promoting Reading, Writing, and Other Literacy Skills from Birth to 5
Grades PreK – K
V. Susan Bennett-Armistead; Nell K. Duke; Annie Moses


Building Independent Readers: A Systematic Approach
Two seasoned teachers share their classroom-tested lessons and strategies that build young readers’ stamina so they can read independently for up to 50 minutes, giving them the extensive reading practice all budding readers need.
Grades 1 – 3
Linda Lee; Mary Haymond


But How Do You Teach Writing?
Packed with practical ideas teachers and students can try instantly and experience immediate success with writing. The book is divided into three parts: Out of the Gate contains easy ideas to help you get started, More Reasons to Write shows you how to teach across genre, both fiction and nonfiction writing, and Refining Writing addresses everything you need to know about revision, grammar, punctuation, and assessment.
Grades K – 12
Kathryn Au; Cathy Cerveny; Barry Lane


Check-in Assessments for Differentiated Lessons
These 30 classroom-tested mini-assessments gauge students’ background knowledge at the beginning of a lesson or evaluate what they’ve learned at the end. Highly motivating formats like Alphabet Activator and Incredible Shrinking Summary require little preparation and actively engage students, priming their brains to retain and process key information and ideas.
Grades 5 – Prek
Beverly Strayer; Troy Strayer


Closing the Achievement Gap
To meet the instructional needs of the increasingly diverse students in today's middle and high schools, teachers must be more than content area specialists--they must also know how to teach reading. In this practical resource, two teachers share the research-based, classroom-tested techniques they've developed that allow you to teach reading strategies as you teach content.
Grades 6 – 12
Noah Borrero; Shawn Bird


Complete 4 for Literacy, The
This book provides an organizational framework, detailed models, lessons and practical support for mapping and building grade-specific curriculum across the school year through four major types of units of study—strategy, process, genre, and conventions—that integrate reading and writing.
Grades K – 5
Pam Allyn


Content-Rich Reading & Writing Workshop, The
By teaching reading and writing through content and by folding rich content into your reading and writing instruction, not only do you create more powerful and exciting learning experiences for your students—helping them learn more—you save time and become a more efficient and effective teacher.
Grades 4 – 8
Nancy Akhavan


Day-to-Day Assessment in the Reading Workshop
In this book, two seasoned teachers show how to set reading goals, assess students to ensure goals are being met, and carry out instruction. Stressing that there are many ways to determine where students are and just as many ways to determine where to take them, they give teachers the tools to make that journey.
Grades 3 – 6
Franki Sibberson; Karen Szymusiak


Differentiated Literacy Centers
Developing leveled materials and creating an organizational system to manage it all is an immense undertaking. In this comprehensive resource, veteran teacher and staff developer Margo Southall shares management tools along with hundreds of leveled activities that she has fine-tuned over the years.
Grades K – 3
Margo Southall


Differentiated Small-Group Reading Lessons
In this highly practical, research-based resource, veteran teacher Margo Southall demonstrates how to form groups based on students' reading goals instead of their reading levels, allowing teachers to target instruction based on specific needs. She includes "When/Then" charts that describe common student difficulties and links them to the appropriate lesson.
Grades K – 3
Margo Southall


Differentiating Assessment in the Reading Workshop
This resource is for teachers who need fast, efficient ongoing assessment to reach all of their primary readers. The authors provide strategies for streamlining conferences, pinpointing students' strengths and needs, and teaching to help students meet grade-level language arts goals. 144 pages + resource CD.
Grades K – 2
Karin Ma; Nicole Taylor


Differentiating Instruction in Kindergarten
Planning Tips, Assessment Tools, Management Strategies, Multi-Leveled Centers, and Activities That Reach and Nurture Every Learner
Grades K – K
Cindy Middendorf


Differentiating Reading Instruction
Differentiated instruction—matching just-right instruction to the needs of each learner—is a powerful and effective way to help all students be successful. In this resource, reading expert, Laura Robb, invites you into her classroom so you can see differentiated reading instruction in action.
Grades 5 – 12
Loviah Aldinger; Laura Robb


Easy Assessments for Pre-Kindergarten
A complete toolkit for assessing children's progress in language arts and math.
Grades PreK – Prek
Laurie Fyke


Easy Ways to Reach & Teach English Language Learners
How can we help English Language Learners adapt and adjust to life in the classroom—and thrive? ELL specialist Valerie Schiffer-Dannoff shares her success strategies for including ELLs in meaningful instruction and classroom life right from the start.
Grades K – 5
Valerie Schiffer-Danoff


English Language Learners
Support English language learners with comprehensive, research-based programs that will build vocabulary, content-area knowledge, and confidence as they transition to English instruction.
Grades K – 12
David Freeman; Yvonne Freeman


English Learners in American Classrooms: 101 Questions, 101 Answers
The book provides a basic but comprehensive introduction that serves as a state-of-the-art guide to the field, using a straightforward Q&A format designed to focus sharply on the major issues, such as the research on effectiveness of various programs, and assessment and accountability for ELLs.
Grades K – 12
James Crawford; Stephen Krashen


Essential Kindergarten Assessments for Reading, Writing, and Math
A complete toolkit for assessing children's progress in language arts and math.
Grades K – K
Laurie Fyke


Essential Spanish Phrase Book for Teachers, The
Overcome the language barrier with your Spanish-speaking students and their families with this handy guide and its indispensable tools.
Grades K – 6
Luisa Perez-Sotelo; Eileen L. Hogan


Exceeding the Standards
You don't need to give up what you know about best practice to address your state's standards! Margaret Moustafa shows you how you can not only meet but exceed the standards by aligning your state standards with such research-proven best practices as the read aloud, shared and guided reading and writing, reading and writing workshop, literature circles, directed reading and thinking activity, language experience, and reader's theater.
Grades K – 5
Margaret Moustafa


Fast Start: Getting Ready to Read
Help young children develop their reading fluency, word recognition, and overall comprehension with this easy-to-use early intervention program that takes only ten minutes each night! Parents and children engage in repeated reading of poems, and then they complete a quick, skill-building activity.
Grades PreK – K
Timothy Rasinski; Nancy Padak


Great Eight: Management Strategies for the Reading and Writing Classroom. The
Maximize your classroom productivity with management techniques that enhance student learning and achievement. Full-color photographs from three veteran teachers showcase eight easy-to-implement management strategies and dozens of innovative, practical ideas, each accompanied by the authors' explicit, easy-to-follow instructions.
Grades K – 2
Pam Allyn; Karen McNally; Jaime Margolies


Inside the Writing Traits Classroom
In these exciting lessons, primary students embrace the traits to improve their writing.
Grades K – 2
Ruth Culham


It's Not Complicated! What I Know for Sure About Helping Our Students of Color Become Successful Readers
The book showcases renowned educator Phyllis Hunter’s pivotal guidance for administrators, teachers, parents, and concerned citizens about how best to serve the literacy needs of students of color.
Grades K – 12
Phyllis C. Hunter


Literacy and the Youngest Learner
Research shows that literacy -- the ability to read, write, listen and speak -- begins developing long before children enter elementary school.
Grades PreK – K
V. Susan Bennett-Armistead; Nell K. Duke; Annie Moses


Literacy Lessons to Help Kids Get Fit & Healthy
In this inspiring, breakthrough book, nationally respected educator and fitness expert Michael F. Opitz together with veteran teacher Jennifer Davis-Duerr share their secrets for combining literacy-rich, ready-to-use lessons with easy-to-implement fitness exercises.
Grades 1 – 6
Michael Opitz; Jennifer Davis-Duerr


Literacy-Building Play in Preschool
Whether they're putting on a puppet show, acting out a fairy tale, or running an imaginary restaurant, preschoolers love to play. In fact, they thrive on it. In this full-color, photo-packed book, Bennett-Armistead shows how to harness play's power so children not only have fun, but also learn essential reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills that prepare them for conventional literacy instruction.
Grades PreK – Prek
V. Susan Bennett-Armistead


Look Who's Learning to Read
Whether you are a parent, a teacher, a babysitter, a nanny, a daycare worker, or a grandparent, the activities in this book will help you spend joyous moments with the children in your care and help those children learn to read and write as naturally as they have been learning to walk and talk.
Grades PreK – K
Shelly Harwayne


New Essentials for Teaching Reading in PreK-2
Find out why and how to integrate the "new essentials" of reading - comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency - into primary classrooms in this easy-to-navigate, research-based book.
Grades PreK – 2
Anna Lyon; Paula Moore


Nurturing Knowledge: Building a Foundation for School Success by Linking Early Literacy to Math, Science, Art, and Social Studies
In this practical resource, the authors share five essential early literacy practices and show how and why to apply these so children acquire the knowledge and the skills they need for academic success.
Grades PreK – K
Lisa Lenhart; Susan B. Neuman; Kathleen Roskos; Tanya Wright


Poems for Teaching in the Content Areas
What happens when you pair one of the most vibrant, versatile children's poets with one of the best educators? 75 poems perfectly pitched to the needs of teachers, along with simple unique ideas for maximizing their teaching power before, during, and after learning.
Grades 4 – & Up
Laura Robb; J. Patrick Lewis


Power of Repeated Reading in Small-Group Instruction, The
Deep word knowledge is built over time and through many exposures to a word in varied contexts. In this essential resource, a primary-grade teacher shares her classroom-tested strategies for giving children multiple exposures to words throughout the school day. From starting the day with a “salutation” to exploring the multiple meanings of the word of the day in a morning message to playing “what doesn't belong” during transitions, she shows you how to pack your day with purposeful and engaging activities that will help every child's vocabulary grow.
Grades PreK – 1
Wendie Bramwell; Brooke Graham Doyle


Reading and Writing in Kindergarten: A Practical Guide
This practical guide to teaching literacy in kindergarten is based on the premise that "students can manage higher and more specific goals than those of the traditional kindergarten program."
Grades PreK – K
Rosalie Franzese


Ready-to-Use Reading Assessments & Intervention Strategies for K-2
Effective, ready-to-use assessments that enable teachers to track students' progress in literacy easily throughout the year. These research-based assessments measure achievement in four key literacy areas: print conventions, word recognition, comprehension, and writing.
Grades K – 2
Brenda Weaver


Reproducible Forms for the Writing Traits Classroom: Middle School
This time-saving resource is essential to any middle school teacher dedicated to providing high-quality writing instruction, whether she's new to the traits or has been applying them for years.
Grades 6 – 8
Ruth Culham


Scaffolded Writing Instruction
Fisher and Frey share six research-based strategies that support every developing writer. They present each strategy within a scaffolded framework of lessons that begin with teacher-directed instruction and support students as they learn to use the strategy independently.
Grades 3 – 8
Douglas Fisher; Nancy Frey


Side-by-Side Learning: Exemplary Literacy Practices for English Language Learners and English Speakers in the Mainstream Classroom
Hands-on, project-based learning enhances literacy and language of both English learners and English speakers as they work side by side-even within mandated programs. Book provides research-supported guidelines and strategies, with the DVD showing learners in action within two elementary classrooms where teachers support and stretch students' oral and written English and build content knowledge at the same time. 96 pages + DVD.
Grades 3 – 6
Karen Smith; Carole Edelsky; Christian Faltis


Step-by-Step Assessment Guide to Code Breaking
A classroom-based, child-centered assessment for tracking step-by-step progress in reading, writing, and spelling with reproducible assessment forms. The assessment guide and DVD show you how to easily identify a child's phase of development, set reasonable expectations for growth, and select from the instructional techniques Gentry provides to best help every student become a successful reader and writer.
Grades PreK – 2
Richard Gentry


Strategies for Differentiating in the Content Areas
A master teacher-administrator team show how middle school teachers in ALL subject areas can reach ALL learners. Strayer and Strayer present eight surefire strategies teachers can use to a) provide assignment choices that motivate different kinds of learners and b) teach all students the content they need to know.
Grades 5 – & Up
Beverly Strayer; Troy Strayer


Systematic Word Study for Grades 4–6
Fun, fast, interactive lessons that engage students in word study and help them develop greater fluency in reading and writing. Activities teach and reinforce syllabication, prefixes and suffixes, commonly misspelled words, parts of speech, and more.
Grades 4 – 6
Cheryl Sigmon


Teaching English Language Learners: Grades K-5
This book provides situations and issues that teachers may encounter when working with ELLs, and offers grade-level appropriate solutions, teaching approaches, and activities to address them. The book is framed around real questions from real teachers in the field and offers strategies related to oral communication, reading, writing, assessment, special need students, and home school issues.
Grades K – 5
Katharine Samway; Dorothy Taylor


Teaching Grammar With Playful Poems for Middle School
Ten reproducible poems that have middle-school appeal are paired with complete lessons to target key grammar concepts—predicate adjectives, direct objects, gerunds, clauses, compound sentences, and more. Nancy Mack's lessons provide a scaffold for students to grasp each concept and then use it skillfully in their own writing.
Grades 6 – 8
Nancy Mack


Teaching Reading: A Differentiated Approach
This 3-ring binder from reading expert Laura Robb is the comprehensive resource for research-based reading instruction. In it, Robb has compiled classroom-tested lessons and strategies that help students activate prior knowledge, monitor comprehension, make inferences, write in response to fiction and nonfiction texts, and so much more.
Grades 4 – 12
Laura Robb


Teaching Students to Write Effective Essays
Carefully developed, classroom-tested lessons that build upon one another, focusing exactly on the kinds of skills kids need to do well on state assessments plus communicate effectively in high school and beyond.
Grades 5 – & Up
Marilyn Pryle


Teaching Teens and Reaping Results in a Wi-Fi, Hip-Hop, Where-Has-All-the-Sanity-Gone World
How do you prepare teens for the world filled with jobs, technologies, and challenges that don't even yet exist? Take a pull-no-punches, inspirational trip inside the classroom of Three-Time Teacher of the Year award winner and celebrated young adult novelist Alan Lawrence Sitomer.
Grades 6 – 12
Alan Sitomer


Teaching the Information Generation
Strategies for Helping Primary Readers Understand the Fact-Filled Texts They Encounter Throughout Their School Years
Grades K – 3
Vicki Benson-Castagna


Teaching With Favorite Read-Alouds in Kindergarten
Each grade-perfect resource includes fifty must-have books with lessons and activities that build skills in vocabulary, comprehension, and more!
Grades K – K
Susan Lunsford


Teaching With Favorite Read-Alouds in PreK
Each grade-perfect resource includes fifty must-have books with lessons and activities that build skills in vocabulary, comprehension, and more!
Grades PreK – Prek
Susan Lunsford


Teaching Writing in Mixed-Language Classrooms
As classrooms become more and more diverse, teachers are faced with the challenge of meeting the needs of all their students—both English-speaking students and English Language Learners. Teaching writing is especially challenging in these mixed-language classrooms. In this book, a national literacy leader offers a variety of techniques for teaching writing that will motivate all students, while also providing ELLs with the supports they need.
Grades K – 5
Joanne Yatvin


Teaching Young Writers to Craft Realistic Fiction
Seasoned writing teacher Jenny Mechem Bender echoes what most primary teachers already know: our young students long to write fiction! And with just enough detailed, step-by-step instructional support—across eight stages of a complete Realistic Fiction Unit of Study together with mentor texts and formative assessment—Bender demonstrates how our youngest writers can craft realistic fiction with meaning, focus, and detail as they consider voice, audience and the power of language.
Grades K – 3
Jenny Mechem Bender


The ABCs of Emergent Literacy
This dynamic video from early literacy expert Nell Duke presents simple strategies that can boost children’s early reading and writing skills when their brains are primed to absorb new language learning! Filmed in exemplary child-care settings, this video gives you a visual tour of environments that enhance young children’s awareness of print and provide rich opportunities to interact with letters and sounds.
Grades PreK – Prek
V. Susan Bennett-Armistead; James Blasingame; Nell K. Duke; Annie Moses


The Fluent Reader in Action: PreK - 4
Fluency is essential for comprehension, but how exactly do you teach it? From Readers Theater and Repeated Reading of Song Lyrics to Poetry Podcasts and Fluency Masterpiece Galleries, you'll see how teachers from all over the country have incorporated effective fluency practice into their literacy instruction.
Grades PreK – 4
Timothy Rasinski; Gay Fawcett; Kristin Lems; Robert Ackland


Tools for Leaders
For schools working to enhance their organizational capacity to boost student learning, this book provides a framework for collaborative professional development, outlines its principles, and supplies an array of tools.
Grades K – 12
Marjorie Larner


Traits of Writing for the Primary Grades: A Professional Development Series on DVD
This new DVD series takes you inside Kindergarten, first-, and second-grade classrooms as teachers use scoring guides to evaluate children's writing, model each of the 6+1 traits in classroom lessons, and reflect on their students' learning strategies.
Grades K – 2
Ruth Culham


Transforming Literacy Practices in Preschool
When preschool children receive high-quality literacy instruction, it benefits their emotional and cognitive development enormously. But what does "high-quality literacy instruction" look like? In this research-based, yet practical resource, Lea McGee answers this important question.
Grades PreK – Prek
Lea M. McGee


Using Picture Books to Teach Writing With the Traits: K–2
Good teachers have long recognized the power of using picture books as models of good writing. The short, focused, and tightly woven text mirrors the kind of writing they want their students to be doing. In this essential resource, the authors have organized by trait more than 150 annotations of new and classic books that will delight young students--and inspire powerful writing.
Grades K – 2
Ruth Culham; Raymond Coutu


Why We Teach
Award-winning teacher Linda Alston strives to help educators generate their own joy, passion, creativity, and love of their profession. The readers will find peace and inspiration as Alston helps them realize what a difference their teaching makes for children and their families.
Grades K – 12
Linda Alston


Writing Lessons for the Interactive Whiteboard
These easy, step-by-step lessons show teachers how to use the interactive whiteboard to engage students in learning excellent writing craft techniques with models of strong writing. Expert writing teacher Lola Schaefer covers all the essentials--organizing, setting a strong focus, writing convincing leads, and more!
Grades 5 – & Up
Lola Schaefer


Your Core Reading Program & Children's Literature: Grades 4–6
Through this pragmatic approach to core reading programs and literature-based instruction teachers are offered opportunities to effectively use both to enhance their students' literacy instruction and learning.
Grades 4 – 6
Diane Barone; Suzette Youngs

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