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Beyond Leveled Books

Supporting Early and Transitional Readers in Grades K-5

Karen Szymusiak, Franki Sibberson, and Lisa Koch

In the first edition of Beyond Leveled Books, Franki Sibberson and Karen Szymusiak offered a much-needed perspective on moving transitional readers from the basic supports of leveling to independent book selection. Seven years later, drawing on their continued research and expanding roles as authors and literacy consultants, Franki and Karen, along with colleague Lisa Koch, present a new updated and expanded edition of this "useful and eye-opening book." [Education Reviews, 2001]


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Foreword by Sharon Taberski

Product Details

  • Author: Karen Szymusiak, Franki Sibberson, and Lisa Koch
  • ISBN: 978-157110-714-5
  • Year:2008
  • Media: 272 pp/paper
  • Grade Range: K-5
  • Item No: WEB-0714

In the first edition of Beyond Leveled Books, Franki Sibberson and Karen Szymusiak offered a much-needed perspective on moving transitional readers from the basic supports of leveling to independent book selection. Seven years later, drawing on their continued research and expanding roles as authors and literacy consultants, Franki and Karen, along with colleague Lisa Koch, present a new updated and expanded edition of this "useful and eye-opening book." [Education Reviews, 2001]

In Beyond Leveled Books, Second Edition the authors provide even more resources to help teachers understand and meet the needs of transitional readers. The key topic of series books has been revised and enlarged, with charts outlining new series with the challenges they pose and supports readers need. New lessons have been added, and most chapters now include a related article from a literacy expert. Some of the contributors include Kathy Collins, Larry Swartz, and Mary Lee Hahn.

The book also features an entirely new section covering grades K-1, that explores the uses and limitations of leveled texts in primary reading instruction. Among the highlights of this new section are ideas for how to organize your classroom library and a list of great books to use alongside leveled text in supporting new readers.

Packed with examples of classroom instruction, sample mini-lessons, strategies for small-group instruction, assessment techniques, and student work, this new edition expands what was once a great little book that filled a gap for teachers in intermediate grades into an essential resource for independent reading instruction from grades K-5.

Table of Contents

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Contents
List of Mini Lessons
Foreword to the Second Edition
Foreword to the First Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1: Challenging Leveled-Book Mania
Chapter 2: Expanding Our Definition of Just-Right Books in Our K-1 Classrooms
Chapter 3: Understanding Transitional Readers
Chapter 4: When Levels and Learning Clash: Moving from Levels to Supports in Designing Instruction
Chapter 5: Taking a Close Look at Series Books
Chapter 6: Using Picture Books, Nonfiction, and Graphic Novels with Transitional Readers
Chapter 7: Organizing for Thoughtful Instruction
Chapter 8: Grouping for Instruction
Chapter 9: Building a Reading Community
Chapter 10: Taking the Conversation Home
Epilogue
Appendix
Bibliography
Index

About the Authors

Lisa Koch
Lisa Koch has been teaching in Ohio since 1990. She has worked with parents, teachers and literacy coaches helping them to choose meaningful and entertaining books for their classroom libraries. >more

Franki Sibberson
Franki Sibberson has been teaching elementary children in the Dublin City Schools in Dublin, Ohio, since 1987. >more

Karen Szymusiak
Karen Szymusiak is currently the principal of Olde Sawmill Elementary School in Dublin, Ohio. >more

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