Browse Books & More by Curriculum: Reading: Middle School & Higher
 

3-Minute Reading Assessments: A Professional Development DVD and Study Guide
Reading experts, Tim Rasinski and Nancy Padak, developed powerful assessments that help you accurately identify students' potential reading problems in just three minutes. This exciting new DVD lets you observe teachers as they assess students in word recognition, comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary. These quick assessments make it easy to pinpoint students' strengths and target areas in which they need more support.
Grades 1 – 8
Timothy Rasinski; Nancy Padak

 
 

3-Minute Reading Assessments: Word Recognition, Fluency, and Comprehension: Grades 5-8
Leveled passages with ready-to-use assessment pages help teachers quickly screen students for reading problems, such as low word recognition, poor fluency rate, and inadequate comprehension.
Grades 5 – 8
Timothy Rasinski; Nancy Padak

 
 

35 Learning Tools for Practicing Essential Reading and Writing Strategies
Whether students need to build their vocabulary, ask questions as they read, understand text structures, or write to persuade or inform, help is here. Each learning tool is supported by a mini-lesson ­ practical ideas for using it to the best advantage.
Grades 4 – 8
Cathy Cerveny; Melissa LaCotti

 
 

35 Must-Have Assessment & Record-Keeping Forms for Reading
This collection of essential, indispensable forms for guiding meaningful reading instruction includes reading strategy checklists, self-evaluation forms, reading conference forms, response journal rubrics, and more.
Grades 4 – 8
Laura Robb

 
 

50 Graphic Organizers for Reading, Writing & More
Help your students become active learners with the classroom-tested graphic organizers in this valuable resource. Includes 50 ready-to-go templates, student samples, and step-by-step directions.
Grades 4 – 8
Karen Bromley; Linda Irwin DeVitis; Marcia Modlo

 
 

50 Reproducible Strategy Sheets That Build Comprehension During Independent Reading
The 50 interactive strategy sheets in this book help students use key reading strategies, including setting purposes for reading, making predictions, inferring information, identifying main ideas, and so much more.
Grades 4 – 8
Anina Robb

 
 

75 Language Arts Assessment Tools
You're sure to find exactly what you need in this extensive resource. The rubrics, checklists, rating sheets, evaluation forms, and other easy-to-use tools help teachers assess student achievement in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. In addition, there are sheets for evaluating specific work products, such as summaries, editorials, oral presentations, and many others.
Grades 5 – 8
Mary Sullivan

 
 

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

 
 

Action Strategies for Deepening Comprehension
Energize students before, during, and after reading with deepening reading strategies such as inferring, prior knowledge, visualizing, making connections, and more.
Grades 4 – 12
Jeffrey Wilhelm

 
 

Books That Don't Bore 'Em
Young adult literature expert Jim Blasingame helps teachers understand the power and purpose of young adult literature.
Grades 5 – 12
James Blasingame

 
 

Building Fluency: Lessons and Strategies for Reading Success
The author of the bestselling Phonics from A-Z now shares the a wealth of practical ideas for helping students become fluent readers.
Grades 1 – 6
Wiley Blevins

 
 

Building Literacy Through Classroom Discussion
This book shows teachers how to facilitate discussions where students share rich, defensible interpretations of literature and solid, reasoned, understandings of any concepts under study. Based on the authors' extensive research in middle schools, it describes why discussion-based instruction is crucial to achievement, and then shows you how to introduce and sustain discussions.
Grades 5 – 8
Eija Rougle; Marion Adler

 
 

Classroom Discussion
In this book, Dixie Lee Spiegel presents discussion as a tool that leads to engagement, reflection, and deeper learning in language arts and the content areas. She provides dependable, effective strategies for preparing students for whole-class and small-group discussion, guiding them as they discuss, and giving them follow-up activities that extend learning.
Grades 4 – 8
Dixie Lee Spiegel

 
 

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

 
 

Creating the Best Literacy Block Ever
Literacy scholar Maryann Manning together with Nationally Board Certified teachers Deborah Camp and Gayle Morrison bring new energy, efficiency, and effectiveness into the 60-90-minute literacy block with a flexible 3-part framework that supports intentional teaching, peer interactions, and independent engagement. The authors provide an in-depth explanation of the framework and devote separate chapters to showing what a literacy block looks like at each grade level, K–3.
Grades K – 3
Maryann Manning; Deborah Camp; Gayle Morrison

 
 

Critical Literacy: Enhancing Students' Comprehension of Text
Reading from a critical stance is a natural part of comprehension. It involves making connections between the text and the world, questioning the author and the text's purpose, and understanding how we are influenced by the text.
Grades 1 – 8
Glenn Devoogd; Maureen McLaughlin

 
 

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

 
 

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

 
 

Engaging Readers & Writers With Inquiry
What makes a good relationship? Is it ever permissible to lie? Reframing our units and lessons with questions such as these makes learning more exciting for students. Wilhelm debunks the myth that teaching through inquiry is hard.
Grades 4 – 12
Jeffrey Wilhelm

 
 

English Language Learners
Two of the leading experts on English language learning show mainstream teachers in a variety of settings how to support language growth through content areas, organize curriculum around themes, draw on primary language and culture, emphasize meaningful reading and writing, and develop academic language.
Grades K – 12
David Freeman; Yvonne Freeman

 
 

Essential Strategies for Word Study
Students learn all about words, inside and out, as they sort and spell, harvest and map, define and design, investigate and analyze, decode and use words—all toward the aim of becoming more effective and efficient readers and writers.
Grades 2 – 8
Timothy Rasinski; Jerry Zutell

 
 

Fluent Reader, The (2nd Edition)
Tim Rasinski’s groundbreaking book has been updated to include coverage of the latest research on fluency, teaching strategies based on that research, new classroom vignettes, and suggestions for using a variety of texts to teach fluency such as poetry, speeches, and monologues and dialogues. Includes DVD with clips showing the strategies in action.
Grades 1 – 8
Timothy Rasinski

 
 

Fresh Takes on Teaching Literary Elements
Bring new power and purpose to the study of literature with innovative tools and strategies that deepen students' understanding of literary elements and help them apply that understanding to their reading as well as their writing.
Grades 6 – & Up
Jeffrey Wilhelm; Michael Smith

 
 

Grammar Lessons You'll Love to Teach
A motivating way to teach grammar in middle school and beyond. Lively lessons teach parts of speech, parts of sentences, tricky homonyms, and more. Students create a Personal Skills Record to monitor their errors and guide their proofreading.
Grades 6 – 12
Cathleen Greenwood; Ruth Story

 
 

Graphic Organizers
This is the definitive, easy-to-use, timesaving guide to using graphic organizers across the curriculum
Grades K – 8
Karen Bromley; Linda Irwin DeVitis; Marcia Modlo

 
 

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

 
 

Guided Reading in Grades 3-6
In this practical resource, veteran teacher Mary Schulman provides a step-by-step guide to guided reading in the intermediate grades. She demonstrates how to plan lessons, manage flexible groups, match students to texts, and use assessment to inform instruction.
Grades 3 – 6
Mary Browning Schulman

 
 

Improving Comprehension With Questioning the Author
In this fully revised and expanded edition of a classic, Isabel L. Beck and Margaret G. McKeown share their new findings on Questioning the Author, the approach that galvanized the research field to look at comprehension instruction in a new way.
Grades 3 – 8
Isabel Beck; Margaret McKeown

 
 

Improving Comprehension with Think-Aloud Strategies
Think aloud as you read from a novel, a textbook, or any other kind of book and watch your students become confident, fluent, readers!
Grades 3 – 8
Jeffrey Wilhelm

 
 

Interactive Comprehension Strategies
One of the hallmarks of an effective reading program is the energetic conversation that surrounds a text students are engaged in reading. Teachers can determine their students' comprehension of the text based on the kinds of questions students ask and the connections they build across text and to their own life stories. In this resource, Frank Serafini shares the strategies that he uses to maximize the effectiveness of these conversations.
Grades K – 8
Frank Serafini

 
 

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

 
 

Making Sense of History
Myra Zarnowski breaks the mold on traditional instruction by providing guidelines for building students' understanding of, and excitement for, history. She demonstrates how to use high-quality literature and hands-on experiences to help students not only to grasp the facts, but also to make sense of the facts.
Read Reviews: School Library Journal; Tricotomania
Grades 3 – 12
Myra Zarnowski

 
 

Nonfiction Passages With Graphic Organizers for Independent Practice: Grades 4 and Up
Teachers will get kids reading nonfiction with these 30 high-interest passages on topics such as survival in space, natural disasters, famous Americans, and more. Comprehension questions, a graphic organizer, and a writing prompt accompany each selection, providing easily-graded, purposeful homework that's linked to the standards.
Grades 4 – 12
Wiley Blevins; Alice Boynton

 
 

Pam Allyn's Best Books for Boys
Get all boys reading with this extraordinary guide—chock-full of a wide range of must-read titles organized by interest, age, and development. With this resource in hand, you'll never again struggle to find the right book for even your most reluctant readers.
Grades K – 8
Pam Allyn

 
 

Planning & Managing Effective Reading Instruction Across the Content Areas
In our time-starved, standards-driven world, it's essential to make the most of every classroom minute. This research-based, practical guide shows teachers how to seamlessly integrate reading strategy instruction across the curriculum and across the day, so students use strategies in a purposeful way that makes the instruction stick.
Grades 3 – 8
Deborah Corpus; Ann Giddings

 
 

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

 
 

Reading IS Seeing
Picturing scenes, events, settings, characters, and ideas is essential to reading comprehension - but not all students know how to do it. In this amazing book, a noted educator shows teachers dozens of engaging, interactive techniques that turn reading into a highly visual, enjoyable experience for proficient and struggling readers alike.
Grades 4 – 12
Jeffrey Wilhelm

 
 

Reading Response That Really Matters to Middle Schoolers
Help for teachers of disengaged middle school readers is here! This innovative collection of strategies and activities draws on middle schoolers' desire to "be heard" by placing them in the position of reviewer, editor, and critic of their reading assignments.
Grades 5 – 9
Larry Lewin

 
 

Reading Strategies That Work
Transform students from reluctant to effective, independent readers with strategies modeled in this practical book.
Grades 2 – 6
Laura Robb

 
 

Reading Zone,  The
Long an advocate of frequent, voluminous reading in schools, the author draws on evidence gathered in twenty years of classroom teaching to make the case for reading workshop more powerful than ever. The book establishes the top ten conditions for making engaged classroom reading possible for students at all levels and provides the practical support and structures necessary for achieving them.
Grades K – 8
Nancie Atwell

 
 

Scholastic Read-Aloud Anthology
You'll reach for this collection of kid-pleasing read alouds again and again. Each short selection will grab kids' attentions, build vocabulary, as well as comprehension, listening, and high-level thinking skills.
Grades 5 – 8
Janet Allen; Patrick Daley

 
 

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

 
 

Stretching Students' Vocabulary
Research shows that a large vocabulary is vital for students' success with reading comprehension, standardized tests, and communication skills. Here, Karen Bromley offers a wealth of teacher-tested activities designed to help all learners master words.
Grades 3 – 8
Karen Bromley

 
 

Struggling Reader,  The  
Struggling readers need personalized, focused, and assessment-driven instruction. In other words, they need interventions that work. Cooper, Chard, and Kiger provide those interventions in this essential resource.
Grades K – 8
David J. Chard; J. David Cooper; Nancy D. Kiger

 
 

Teacher's Essential Guide Series: Classroom Management
Classroom management is about not only creating an effective classroom environment but reducing teachers’ stress, increasing productivity—for both teachers and students—and ensuring a safe, equitable environment committed to the proposition that all kids can learn and succeed.
Grades 6 – 12
Jim Burke

 
 

Teacher's Essential Guide Series: Content Area Reading, The
The Teacher's Essential Guide to Content Area Reading leads the reader through Burke's teaching strategies, which draw from a combination of research and Jim's own experience as a public school teacher. He includes invaluable techniques to improve student reading as well as guidelines for explicit comprehension instruction--which strategies to use, when to use them, and how to use them with a variety of texts.
Grades 6 – 12
Jim Burke

 
 

Teacher's Essential Guide Series: Effective Instruction, The
For the busy teacher on-the-run, veteran teacher Jim Burke has created The Teacher's Essential Guide series, a collection of slender, quick-read guides that offers you targeted solutions to your most pressing instructional needs: how to build motivation, use meaningful assessment to monitor student learning and assign grades, create purposeful homework, use technology in ways that enhance learning, teach essential study skills, learn breakthrough grouping strategies, and create lessons that engage all students.
Grades 6 – 12
Jim Burke

 
 

Teaching Comprehension
A comprehensive, research-based resource that makes planning effective reading instruction manageable. The authors have designed a four-part framework that provides a structure for teaching strategies to build vocabulary, activate prior knowledge, strengthen comprehension, and extend learning. Includes planning guides, strategy lessons, student samples, assessments, and more than 50 graphic organizers on CD.
Grades K – 6
Loviah Aldinger; Eileen Carr; Judythe Patberg

 
 

Teaching Comprehension With Questioning Strategies That Motivate Middle School Readers
Middle-school literacy expert Larry Lewin shares 12 questioning strategies that boost students' critical thinking and comprehension during and after reading. Easy to integrate into reading assignments in any content-area, these classroom-tested techniques help students engage in a dialogue with the text they're reading, improve their recall and understanding, and build a strong sense of purpose for reading.
Grades 5 – & Up
Larry Lewin

 
 

Teaching English Language Learners: Grades 6-12
This book provides situations and issues that teachers may encounter when working with ELL's, and offers grade-level appropriate solutions, teaching approaches and activities to address them.
Grades 6 – 12
Katharine Samway; Dorothy Taylor

 
 

Teaching Literary Elements With Picture Books
Two master teachers share 15 ready-to-use lessons for using engaging picture books to teach literary elements such as point of view, voice, irony, theme, metaphor, simile, and more. For each literary element, you'll find a clear definition; a detailed picture book-based lesson that incorporates before-, during-, and after-reading strategies; and writing and extension activities.
Grades 4 – 8
Susan Van Zile; Mary Napoli

 
 

Teaching Phonics & Word Study in the Intermediate Grades
Wiley Blevins explains how to teach intermediate level phonics with ease with this concise background in linguistics, ready made lessons for teaching phonics, syllabification and root words, extensive word lists, daily activities and games, and more.
Grades 3 – 8
Wiley Blevins

 
 

Teaching Reading in Middle School (2nd Edition)
In this completely revised and updated edition of a best-selling classic, master teacher Laura Robb draws on current research and her most recent classroom experiences with students all over the country, to present abundant new material, including fresh literacy vignettes that showcase lessons and learning experiences.
Grades 5 – & Up
Laura Robb

 
 

Teaching Reading in Social Studies, Science, and Math
Help Students read and engage with textbooks, and navigate the special demands of any nonfiction text structure. Master teacher Laura Robb shares dozens of strategy lessons to use before, during and after reading.
Grades 3 – 12
Laura Robb

 
 

Teaching Reading Through Differentiated Instruction with Leveled Graphic Organizers
Build reading comprehension skills - and reach every learner - with graphic organizers and activity sheets you can use for any book.
Grades 4 – 8
Mary McMackin; Nancy L. Witherell

 
 

Teaching Reading: A Complete Resource for Grades 4 and Up
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 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 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 Text Structures: A Key to Nonfiction Reading Success
Two professors share their research-based, field-tested approach for helping students identify and analyze the most common expository text structures in order to better comprehend the nonfiction they read.
Grades 4 – 6
Sue Dymock; Tom Nicholson

 
 

Teaching Vocabulary Through Differentiated Instruction With Leveled Graphic Organizers
Strategy lessons with ready-to-use graphic organizers at three levels (introductory, intermediate, and challenging) help all students learn new vocabulary and save planning time.
Grades 4 – 8
Mary McMackin; Nancy L. Witherell

 
 

Visual Tools for Differentiating Content Area Instruction
Visual tools expert Roger Essley shows how to engage even the most reluctant learners in reading content area texts and absorbing the information and ideas they need to succeed in school and beyond.
Grades 3 – 8
Roger Essley

 
 

Visual Tools for Differentiating Reading & Writing Instruction
Discover how visual tools that make ideas more accessible help students at all levels make giant strides in composing stories and revising them, taking notes on difficult text, remembering and retelling complex stories, and mastering content knowledge.
Grades 3 – 8
Linda Rief; Roger Essley; Amy Levy Rocci

 
 

Vocabulary-Enriched Classroom, The
A student's ability to read depends largely on the size and quality of his or her vocabulary. However, despite that fact, vocabulary instruction has not evolved to the same degree as instruction in word recognition, comprehension, and other areas of literacy.
Grades 3 – 12
Cathy Collins Block; John N. Mangieri

 
 

Workshops That Work!
Sequential mini-lessons for the first 30 days help teachers easily establish the instructional routines of an effective reading and writing workshop. Teachers will learn how and when to introduce key topics, what to say, how to model writing, connect writing to engaging literature, and move students' writing and reading abilities forward throughout the year
Grades 4 – 8
Sarah Buxton; Kirsten Widmer

 
 

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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