This week I didn't get to my new books, but was focusing on one that I read last summer. I read books MANY times! Each time, I highlight in a different color. It's amazing what new gems you can find with a second, third, or even fourth read. Many times, my view changes with what I am experiencing with the particular class (or my frame of mind!).
I've been looking toward next year and what I can do differently... I pulled a favorite to help with my first month of teaching Readers Workshop for the fall.
I really liked the conversational writing style that Parsons uses in her writing. I felt like she is right there with me at Starbucks brainstorming lessons. She really understands the mind and development of a first grade student, along with the expectations that we have for them.
Each unit has a set of goals and desired outcomes that she has set for her students (and mine!) in these four areas:
- making meaning
My favorite concept from the book is "reading wide-awake" for comprehension (in Reading with a Wide-Awake Mind). I just have to share this part... so eloquent!
"The magic is not in the book, no matter how good a book it is, and it is not in my head. The magic of reading happens somewhere between these two places, and feels to me like a current flowing in both directions. The thoughts, experiences, feelings, responses, and ideas that I bring to what I read are just as important as what is inside the book." (Parsons, 71)
Here are the other units of study:
- Making Sense of Those Little Black Marks
- Bringing Books to Life
- Reading to Learn
- Sounding Like Readers
- Planning for Independence and Summer Reading
Do you have a book you'd like me to review or was wondering about before purchasing? Leave me a note and I'll try to help!