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The Joyful Reading Resource Kit: Teaching Tools, Hands-On Activities, and Enrichment Resources, Grades K-8

The Joyful Reading Resource Kit: Teaching Tools, Hands-On Activities, and Enrichment Resources, Grades K-8

Sally M. Reis

ISBN: 978-0-470-39188-4

Jun 2009, Jossey-Bass

320 pages

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The Joyful Reading Resource Kit

All children deserve a chance to learn to love reading. The Joyful Reading Resource Kit offers teachers an impressive array of tools, resources, and activities for getting students at all levels excited about reading while developing their proficiency in comprehension. Serving as a companion to Joyful Reading, the book offers teachers everything they need to implement the Schoolwide Enrichment Model in Reading (SEM-R), a differentiated instructional approach that encourages students to read independently for a period of time each day on books of their own choice. Implemented in three phases, the SEM-R program has been shown by research to improve fluency and comprehension among at-risk students. The Joyful Reading Resource Kit includes:

  • Reproducible "bookmarks" for scaffolding students in critical thinking and comprehension activities
  • Extensive lists of recommended books
  • Tips for supporting students in selection of appropriately challenging books
  • Materials for managing independent reading in the classroom, including log sheets, five-minute conference tips, writing prompts, assessment rubrics, and a reading growth chart
  • Exciting enrichment resources to develop students' reading interests, including a survey form, online books, Web-based activities, and Renzulli Learning resources
  • Hands-On Creativity activities that help students elaborate ideas, develop fluency, brainstorm, and much more
  • Reproducible X-ploration projects on varied topics that students can pursue independently at their own pace

The Joyful Reading Resource Kit is a vital compendium not only for classroom teachers but also for parents and after-school educators who wish to support students in discovering the rich rewards and delights of reading.

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About This Book ix

About the Authors xi

Introduction: The Schoolwide Enrichment Model for Reading 1

General Tools and Resources 5

Using Bookmarks to Scaffold Thinking 7

SEM-R Bookmarks 9

Weekly Teacher Log 39

SEM-R Quality Indicator Checklists 43

Phase One: Support Materials for Book Hooks 47

Reading Comprehension Strategies in the SEM-R 49

Making Connections 49

Determining Importance 50

Questioning 50

Visualizing 50

Making Inferences 51

Synthesizing 51

Metacognition 51

Books That Act as Hooks 53

Lists of Recommended Books 57

Award Winners 57

Choice Winners 60

Classics 60

Author 62

Genre 65

Reading Level 71

Frequently Asked Questions About Phase One 81

Phase Two: Support Materials for Independent Reading 83

Choosing Books for Independent Reading: Making the Right Match 87

Word-Reading Level 87 Complexity of Content 87

Linking Students to Appropriate Books 88 Supporting Students in Selecting Books 91 Conferencing Strategies 95

Management Tips for Supporting Independent Reading 99 Progress Assessment Rubric 103

Providing a Purpose for Reading 105 Using Student Reading Logs 109

Schoolwide Enrichment Model for Reading Student Reading Log 111

Sample Student Reading Log 117

Frequently Asked Questions About Phase Two 123

Phase Three: Support Materials for Student-Selected Activities 127

Reading Interest-a-Lyzer 129

Renzulli Learning 133

Helping Teachers Provide Enriched, Differentiated Learning for All Their Students 134

The Renzulli Learning System 135

Creativity Training Activities 141

General Strategies for Creativity Training 141 Introductory Lessons in Creative Thinking 145

Activities for Exploring Creativity 149

Activity 1: If I Wrote the Book (Transforming Figures) 149 Activity 2: Rhyme Time (Creating Rhymes) 153

Activity 3: The Doodler (Elaborating) 157 Activity 4: Spin a Story (Developing Fluency) 161

Activity 5: Consequences (Speculating and Imagining) 165 Activity 6: Cartoon Captions (Writing Humor) 169

Activity 7: Way-Out Words (Linking Words and Symbols) 173 Activity 8: Make-a-Sentence (Creating Ideas from Words) 176 Activity 9: Changing Things (Brainstorming) 179

Activity 10: Can You Design It? (Planning) 182

Reading on the Internet 187

Authors’ and Publishers’ Sites 187 Online Books 188

Take a Test Drive! Exciting Web Sites for Students to Try 191 SEM-Xplorations: Enrichment Projects 201

1. Build a Bridge 203

2. Experiment with Sound 210

3. Investigate Local History 218

4. Create an Artifact Box 228

5. Draw a Comic Strip 234

6. Design a City of the Future 244

7. Create an Illustrated Book 248

8. Invent Something New 264

9. Write a Short Story (Grades K–4) 273

10. Write a Short Story (Grades 5–8) 283

Frequently Asked Questions About Phase Three 297

Frequently Asked Questions About the SEM-R 299

SEM-R Glossary 303