Practice with Purpose

Literacy Work Stations for Grades 3-6

In her thirty years as an educator, Debbie Diller has closely examined classroom practice, asking "Why? What's the purpose?" Watching primary students work successfully at literacy work stations, she wondered with teachers, "Why don't we have upper-grade students doing this? Could we kick it up a notch?"

In her new book, Debbie shows teachers of grades three to six how to structure their classrooms so that all students can be successful doing meaningful independent work using literacy work stations.

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In her thirty years as an educator, Debbie Diller has closely examined classroom practice, asking "Why? What's the purpose?" Watching primary students work successfully at literacy work stations, she wondered with teachers, "Why don't we have upper-grade students doing this? Could we kick it up a notch?"

In her new book, Debbie shows teachers of grades three to six how to structure their classrooms so that all students can be successful doing meaningful independent work using literacy work stations.

Practice with Purpose offers guidance on establishing routines for independent reading and response writing, as well as step-by-step instructions on how to set up and manage a variety of hands-on literacy work stations appropriate for intermediate students. Each chapter includes:

  • how to introduce the station;
  • innovative ways to use materials;
  • what to model to guarantee independence;
  • how to troubleshoot;
  • assessment and accountability ideas;
  • how the station supports student achievement on state tests;
  • reflection questions for professional development.

The extensive appendix includes time-saving tools such as management board icons, graphic organizers, task cards, and recommended websites and children's literature.

 

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About the Author(s)

Debbie Diller, a national educational consultant and popular conference speaker, lives in Houston, Texas. Debbie uses her experience of over 40 years as a classroom teacher, Title I reading specialist, and literacy coach to teach others about sensible, realistic ways to meet the literacy needs of all students in the classroom.

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Table of Contents

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  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. What is a Literacy Work Station?
  • 2. Management of Independent Work
  • 3. Independent Reading and the Classroom Library
  • 4. Response Writing and the Writing Work Station
  • 5. Easy-to-Set-Up Work Stations
  • 6. Word Study Work Station
  • 7. Poetry Work Station
  • 8. Content-Area Work Stations
  • 9. Drama Work Station
  • Appendixes
  • Web exclusive: Appendix A in Spanish
  • References
     

Product Details

Grades: 3, 4, 5, 6
Media: 224 pp/paper
Year: 2004
Item No: 0395
ISBN: 978-157110-395-6

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