Beyond Leveled Books

Supporting Early and Transitional Readers in Grades K-5

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, 2010

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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.
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About the Author(s)

Karen Szymusiak recently retired as a principal in the Dublin City Schools. As principal, she had the unique opportunity to open a new elementary school in her district. Throughout her career she has also been an elementary teacher and a coordinator of curriculum and intstruction assisting teachers in developing thoughtful and purposeful learning experiences for children. She blogs at Talkworthy (talkworthy.blogspot.com).

Franki currently teaches third graders in Dublin, Ohio She has worked in elementary schools for over 25 years as a classroom teacher, a Reading Support Teacher, a curriculum support teacher and a school librarian. She blogs regularly at A Year of Reading (readingyear.blogspot.com) and she is also a regular contributor to Choice Literacy.

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.  Lisa has also worked with new moms teaching the importance of early literacy.

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

Resources

Product Details

Grade Range: K-5
Media: 272 pp/paper
Year: 2008
Item No: 0714Item No: 0806Item No: B714
ISBN: 978-157110-714-5ISBN: 978-157110-806-7ISBN: 978-15711B-714-5

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