Powerful Book Introductions

Leading with Meaning for Deeper Thinking

Effective book introductions during guided reading set the stage for young readers to navigate new texts independently and successfully and often shape the outcome of small-group lessons. Many teachers grapple with what introductions might address, what to include, and how to conduct them.  

In Powerful Book Introductions literacy leaders Kathleen Fay, Chrisie Moritz, and Suzanne Whaley speak to these concerns by taking a close look at the purposeful planning that goes into preparing for this small but vital part of today’s guided reading lessons.

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Effective book introductions during guided reading set the stage for young readers to navigate new texts independently and successfully and often shape the outcome of small-group lessons. Many teachers grapple with what introductions might address, what to include, and how to conduct them.  

In Powerful Book Introductions literacy leaders Kathleen Fay, Chrisie Moritz, and Suzanne Whaley speak to these concerns by taking a close look at the purposeful planning that goes into pr...read more

About the Author(s)

Kathleen Fay has served as a classroom teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, Title I resource teacher, and Literacy Collaborative Coach since beginning her teaching career in 1990.

Chrisie Moritz is a National Board certified literacy coach in Fairfax County, Virginia, where she teaches, facilitates professional development sessions, and coaches other educators. She presents at conferences and consults with school districts across the country on various topics related to literacy instruction.

Suzanne Whaley is a National Board certified teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia, where she was a classroom teacher and literacy specialist for twenty-two years before working in central office. She currently leads the literacy professional development for reading specialists, principals, school teams, and teachers in her district.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Pat Johnson
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1: Leading with Meaning: Developing Positive Theories of Reading
  • Chapter 2: Kids First: Matching Readers with Texts
  • Chapter 3: Considering Meaning: What's It About? What Might It Really Be About?
  • Chapter 4: Considering How Books Work: Text Structures and Features
  • Chapter 5: Considering Language Structure: Oral Language, Syntax, and Sentence Complexity
  • Chapter 6: Considering Words: Identification, Decoding, and Vocabulary Development
  • Chapter 7: Thinking Together: Extending Meaning Through Discussion
  • A Final Thought: Trust
  • Appendix A: Developing Criteria for Text Selection
  • Appendix B: Guided Reading Planning Sheet
  • References
  • Index

Product Details

Grade Range: K-3
Media: 200 pp/paper
Published: 08/2017
Item No: 1050Item No: 1051Item No: 1B50
ISBN: 978-162531-050-7ISBN: 978-1-62531-051-4ISBN: 978-162531-B50-7
Hashtag: #BookIntros

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