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A Place for Wonder

Reading and Writing Nonfiction in the Primary Grades

Georgia Heard and Jennifer McDonough

In A Place for Wonder, Georgia Heard and Jennifer McDonough discuss how to create "a landscape of wonder," a primary classroom where curiosity, creativity, and exploration are encouraged. For it is these characteristics, the authors write, that develop intelligent, inquiring, life-long learners.

 

Product Details

  • Author: Georgia Heard and Jennifer McDonough
  • ISBN: 978-157110-432-8
  • Year:2009
  • Media: 192 pp/paper
  • Grade Range: K-2
  • Item No: WEB-0432

In A Place for Wonder, Georgia Heard and Jennifer McDonough discuss how to create "a landscape of wonder," a primary classroom where curiosity, creativity, and exploration are encouraged. For it is these characteristics, the authors write, that develop intelligent, inquiring, life-long learners.

The authors' research shows that many primary grade state standards encourage teaching for understanding, critical thinking, creativity, and question asking, and promote the development of children who have the attributes of inventiveness, curiosity, engagement, imagination, and creativity. With these goals in mind, Georgia and Jennifer provide teachers with numerous, practical ways—setting up "wonder centers," gathering data though senses, teaching nonfiction craft—they can create a classroom environment where students' questions and observations are part of daily work.

They also present a step-by-step guide to planning a nonfiction reading and writing unit of study—creating a nonfiction book, which includes creating a table of contents, writing focused chapters, using "wow" words, and developing point of view. A Place for Wonder will help teachers reclaim their classrooms as a place where true learning is the norm.

Table of Contents

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Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1: Creating a Wonder World: Centers, Projects, and Clubs

Chapter 2: Nonfiction Writing from the Heart
Chapter 3: Nonfiction Research Wonder Writing
Appendix
Resources
Bibliography

About the Authors

Georgia Heard
Georgia Heard is a nationally and internationally known leader in the field of teaching writing. She was one of the first staff developers at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project in New York, and for the past twenty-five years has visited schools and spoken at conferences throughout the United States, Canada, and Southeast Asia. >more

Jennifer McDonough
Jen McDonough is a first-grade teacher and literacy coach at the Benjamin School in North Palm Beach, Florida. She has taught first grade and kindergarten for ten years and has been a part of literacy training for teachers for more than three years. >more

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