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A child went forth : reflective teaching with young readers and writers
Carr, Janine Chappell.
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Portsmouth, NH : Heinemann, 1999.
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xxvi, 390 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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"I am convinced. Children love to learn, regardless of their circumstances." So says the author of this inspirational new book. But when those circumstances include large classrooms of multiethnic, multilingual children from low socioeconomic backgrounds - not to mention the difficulties of controversial state curriculum frameworks and restricted budgets - how can a teacher effectively nurture that inherent love of learning? This was the dilemma Janine Chappell Carr confronted teaching language arts to first and second graders in southern California. The solutions she discovered may surprise you.

Utilizing a blend of meaningful and interesting reading material, early writing practice, speaking, and explicit instruction, Carr disproves the media's insistence that American schools are typically ill-equipped to teach children from low-income neighborhoods. She describes her methods in great and practical detail - everything from getting the classroom ready for a new school year, to developing strategies for shared reading, to establishing a "writing studio." Samples of student work, plus narratives of how bilingual and English-only students rise to new challenges, offer vivid illustrations of Carr's methods in action. Assessment practices for closely monitoring students' progress are outlined, as well as novel ways to implement and maintain diagnostic and student-kept literacy portfolios.

As a practical text, A Child Went Forth presents a thorough and realistic portrayal of life in an equitable classroom. As an inspirational one, it celebrates the voices of young learners and presents a wonderful model for success.

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A Child Went Forth presents a realistic and thorough portrayal of life in a primary classroom. The author, a thirteen-year veteran of teaching in the primary grades, includes samples of student work along with narratives of how she helps bilingual and English-only students rise to meet new challenges. Through her vivid illustrations of the methods she employs to help students, readers gain practical ideas and strategies to transfer to their classrooms. Carr shows how she utilizes assessment practices to monitor closely the progress of her students, including creative ways to implement and maintain diagnostic and student-maintained literacy portfolios. She thoughtfully and thoroughly documents the "what" and "how" of her language-rich learning environment, in which she helps to transform the students to become readers and writers. A powerful addition to each chapter is the author's reflective comments about the focus of each chapter. Recommended for all levels. G. E. Pawlas; University of Central Florida

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. xxi
1 Creating and Readyingp. 3
2 Planning and Startingp. 17
Becoming Readers
3 Shared Readingp. 39
4 Quiet Readingp. 65
5 Nightly Reading and Partner Readingp. 81
6 Book Talksp. 98
7 Monitoring Progressp. 110
8 Struggling Readersp. 126
Becoming Writers
9 Quiet Writing and Writing Notebooksp. 151
10 Journalsp. 169
11 Developing a Writing Workshopp. 193
12 Monitoring Progressp. 221
13 Struggling Writersp. 240
14 Spellingp. 259
15 Portfolios: Building a Literacy Historyp. 274
Epiloguep. 295
1-1 Writing Resource: Alphabet Cardp. 299
1-2 Punctuation Resourcep. 301
1-3 Before-School Student Letterp. 303
1-4 Before-School Family Letterp. 305
1-5 Family Help Surveyp. 307
1-6 Classroom Newsletterp. 309
1-7 Daily Homework Letterp. 311
1-8 Weekly Homework Formsp. 313
1-9 Second-Grade Curriculm 1995-1996p. 315
2-1 Favorite Chapter Book Read-Aloudsp. 317
3-1 Making Bigbooksp. 319
3-2 Favorite Bigbooks Listed by Publisherp. 321
3-3 Favorite Poetry Books and Anthologiesp. 325
3-4 Favorite Children's Literature for a Primary Classroom Libraryp. 329
3-5 Favorite Word Play Booksp. 349
4-1 Book-Covering Resources and Informationp. 351
4-2 Anthology Introductory Letterp. 353
4-3 What's in the News? September 1-October 7, 1995p. 355
5-1 Assembling Journalsp. 357
5-2 Nightly Reading Log Letterp. 359
6-1 Book Talk Informational Letterp. 361
6-2 Book Talk Formp. 363
7-1 Recommended Resources for Primary Teachersp. 365
10-1 Family Journal Letterp. 369
10-2 Handwriting Assistancep. 371
11-1 Writing Conference Checklistp. 373
14-1 Spelling Program Letterp. 375
Bibliographyp. 377
Indexp. 380