Real Talk in Elementary Classrooms Effective Oral Language Practice

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-03-01
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press
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Describing effective, creative strategies for talking with students in ways that enhance literacy learning, this book offers a window into the classrooms of four exemplary teachers. Principles of productive classroom discussions are illustrated with detailed case examples. The book shows how - and explains why - "real talk" can enhance student engagement, foster critical thinking, promote mastery of literacy concepts, and instill a lasting love of reading. It offers ideas for selecting children's literature and fitting a range of interactive literacy activities into the school day. The authors draw on current knowledge about the connections between oral language and literacy development across the elementary grades.This book will be invaluable to classroom teachers in grades 1-5; researchers and instructors in elementary literacy. It may also serve as a text in Elementary Reading Methods courses.

Author Biography

Maureen P. Boyd, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Learning and Instruction at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. Prior to receiving her doctorate, she taught English language arts and English language learning in K–12 English language learner and mainstream classrooms in the Middle East, Asia, and the United States for 15 years. Dr. Boyd has written book chapters and articles in several journals. Lee Galda, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota. Prior to receiving her doctorate, she taught in elementary and middle school classrooms. Dr. Galda is chair of the 2010–2012 IRA Children\u2019s and Young Adults\u2019 Book Awards Selection Committee. She sits on the review boards of several professional journals and on the editorial board of Children\u2019s Literature in Education. Dr. Galda is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on children\u2019s literature.

Table of Contents

Foreword, Don Rubin 1. Real Talk: What It Is and Why It Is Important 2. Exploring the Aesthetic: Talking the Way from Unconscious Enjoyment to Conscious Delight 3. Productive Digressions: When Best-Laid Plans Give Way to Student-Led Discussions 4. The Contingent Third Turn: Listening to Scaffold Response-Ability 5. Reading Your Audience: Reading Aloud as Opportunity for Literate Talk 6. Learning Felicity: Morning Meeting, Reading Logs, and Talking about Books 7. Talking through Weaving and Weaving through Talking: Crocheting a Classroom Community 8. Constancy and Variety: Multiple Opportunities for Literacy Learning through Real Talk Glossary

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