Knott County, Kentucky Literacy Institute

Excellence in Reading Instruction

Pamela Petty, Ed. D.
Assistant Professor of Literacy, Department of Special Instructional Programs, Western Kentucky University
pam@pampetty.com
http://www.pampetty.com
Kandy Smith
Project Coordinator, State Improvement Grant
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
kandysmith@comcast.net

Teaching should be organized in such a way that reading and writing are necessary for something, rather than taught as a motor skill and not a complex cultural activity (Vygotsky, in Dixon-Krauss, p. 184).

Bibliography of Books Shared during Literacy Institute, July 11 - July 15, 2005

Day One:  Best Practices in Literacy Instruction

Quest for the Best - Forget the Rest:  http://www.pampetty.com/bestpractice.htm

Things have Changed: http://www.pampetty.com/parentsreading.htm

Example of one school system's implementation/organization of Four-Blocks Framework for Literacy Instruction:  http://www.k111.k12.il.us/lafayette/FourBlocks/ and http://www.k111.k12.il.us/lafayette/4blocks/

4-Blocks Literacy Framework e-Resources:  http://www.kenton.k12.ky.us/tr/4block.html

Definition of Reading Terms: http://www.pampetty.com/warrencodict.htm  

Balanced Literacy Handbook (grades 1 - 5):
http://instech.tusd.k12.az.us/balancedlit/handbook/BLK5/bltablek-5.htm

Reading Instruction that Works (workshop by Cheryl SIgmon):  http://www.teachers.net/4blocks/workshop070600.html

Self-Assessment Checklist for a Balanced Literacy Classroom:  http://instech.tusd.k12.az.us/balancedlit/handbook/blhs/blselfhs.htm

Self-Assessment checklist for Excellent Reading Teachers:  http://www.pampetty.com/bestassessment.htm

 

Day Two:  Four-Blocks Writing

Creating Writers with Creative Writing:  http://www.pampetty.com/cwlitbased.htm

bulletIdeas for writing using Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and The Secret Knowledge of Grown Ups.

Judith Viorst reading Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day:  http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/family/alexander/author.html

Writing in the Classroom

http://www.wku.edu/Dept/Academic/AHSS/English/WritingProject/reswrit.htm

Resources, Lesson Plans and Activities for KINDERGARTENS The Write Source
K-3 Resources writing - paragraph construction
Children's Literature  
Writing Prompts for each Grade Level
http://tusdstats.tusd.k12.az.us/planning/resources/writprompt/promptfront.asp
Writing Links for Teachers
  Harcourt Grammar Glossary
Learning Resources Graphic Organizers Integrating the Internet

Create Vocabulary Worksheets On-line. Make your own Vocabulary Worksheets!

  Road to Reading

Writing in the Classroom Rubric, Rubrics, Teacher Rubric Makers

OurTimeLines.com - Create Timeline

 http://www.pampetty.com/cwonline.htm

Creating Writers with Creative Writing Professional Resources for Writing

Literature-Based Writing

 Pigs in Our Language (creative "piggy-back" writing)

Sharpen Your Child's Writing Skills KET On-Demand Writing (download prior to 17Jan03)
Graphic Organizers Writing Process
English Language Arts Writing Instructional Philosophy and Teaching Suggestions Write-On! The Writer's Workshop!

What is kindergarten’s role in writing?

bullet ED331030 1991-06-00 Reading and Writing in a Kindergarten Classroom. ERIC Digest.
bullet Kindergarten Writing Rubric
bullet LessonPlanz.com Lesson Search Lesson Plans-Language Arts-Grades K-2-Writing
bullet Lesson Exchange Author Study For Kindergartners (Elementary, Literature)
bullet Mid-Kansas Independent Academy Curriculum List Communication Kindergarten Writing

What should students be doing at each grade level regarding writing?

bullet Curriculum Publications
bullet Beyond Standards

How often should students at each grade level be writing?

bulletevery day - without exception

How do you build a writing program?

bullet Write Source Writing Topics

How do teachers build their confidence for implementing writing in the classroom?

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eWriteLife.com - for writers of all ages and stages

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WritersDigest.com

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The Write Life

How do we teach children to develop voice in their writing?

bulletUse real quality literature as a model.
bulletTeachers model by using their own writings as examples.

How do you effectively conference with students? What are some techniques for conferencing with 2nd and 3rd graders?

bullet Writing Conference Form

Explain the use of the Socratic method in the writing process.

  1. http://www.nccei.org/newsletter/vol21no7page2.html
  2. New Beginnings
  3. Guess What Kids!

Please address apathy for at-risk and the effect on the writing process.  Suggestions?

bullet http://www.sil.org/lingualinks/literacy/ReferenceMaterials/GlossaryOfLiteracyTerms/WhatIsTheLanguageExperienceApp.htm
bulletWacky Web Tales

Different strategies for open-response questions (basically we use the four column method)

bullet http://www.fno.org/sept96/questions.html

Strategies for making writing exciting.

bullet Mother Goose Rebus Rhymes-Enchanted Learning Software
bullet KIDiddles (TM) - Mojo's Musical Mouseum
bulletFunny poetry for children
bullet Bare Books HomePage
bulletBookmaking

Planning Sheet for Writing:  http://instech.tusd.k12.az.us/balancedlit/planner.doc

Day Three:  Four-Blocks Guided Reading

Pre-During-Post Reading Strategies: 

bullet Resources for Pre/During/Post Strategies
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Making Sense of Pre/During/Post: 
http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/students/learning/lr2befor.htm

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Koala Lou - Mem Fox

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http://www.pampetty.com/koalalou.htm (on-line unit of study built
around 4-Blocks Framework for Literacy Instruction and including:

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vocabulary development

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pre-reading

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working with words

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Directed Reading Thinking Activity

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during reading

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post reading

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Writing

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Self-Selected Reading

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Olivia - Ian Falconer
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http://www.pampetty.com/olivia.htm (WebQuest including pre/during/
and post reading)
 

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The Polar Express - Chris van Allsburg
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http://www.pampetty.com/polarexpress.htm (WebQuest including vocabulary,
pre/during/and post reading)

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http://www.flashcardexchange.com
 

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http://cela.albany.edu/reports/Agee2/index.html
Theory, Identity, and Practice: A Study of Two High School English Teachers' Literature Instruction

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http://www.sedl.org/reading/rad/searchtips.html
Reading Assessment Database for Grades K-1-2

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http://www.indiana.edu/~reading/ieo/bibs/graphsec.html
Graphic Organizers in Secondary Schools

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http://www.utexas.edu/student/utlc/handouts/1414.html
Bloom’s Taxonomy Model Questions and Key Words

Readers Theater:  http://aaronshep.com/rt/index.html

PBS Kids:  Between the Lions:  http://pbskids.org/lions/stories.html

bulletBeautifully illustrated stories to read on-line, print, and share.  Also includes games, literacy tips for parents and teachers. 

Vocabulary Instruction:  http://www.pampetty.com/besttask4.htm

Comprehension:  http://www.pampetty.com/besttask5.htm

Recommended Literature:  http://www.pampetty.com/litindex.htm

Repeated Readings:  http://www.teachervision.fen.com/page/3789.html

Planning Sheet for Reading:  http://instech.tusd.k12.az.us/balancedlit/planner.doc

Day Four:  Four-Blocks Working with Words

Phonemic Awareness:  http://www.pampetty.com/besttask1.htm

Phonics:  http://www.pampetty.com/besttask2.htm

Strategies for Phonemic Awareness

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Read/Write/Sing Lesson Ideas:  http://www.hubbardscupboard.org/read_write_sing_lesson_ideas.html

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Bank Street:  http://www.bankstreet.edu/literacyguide/main.html

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Phonemic Awareness Activities for the Classroom:  http://208.183.128.8/read/Phonemic.htm

         Strategies for Phonics Instruction

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Word Play:  http://208.183.128.8/read/words.html

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Games: 
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Spill and Spell

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Smart Mouth

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Take Four

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Leveled Readers and easy decodables:  http://www.readinga-z.com/newfiles/preview.html
(30 free)

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50 Way to Improve Reading

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Enchanted Learning (word games and poems):  http://www.enchantedlearning.com/Rhymes.html

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Word Plays:  http://www.wordplays.com/

Word Wall Cheers:  http://www.blocks4reading.com/fourblocks/cheers.htm#Songs%20for%203%20Letter%20Words

Making Words:  http://208.183.128.8/read/wordfun/foxtohen.htm - interactive on-line

On-Line Riddles:  http://members.aol.com/Eleehart/guesswhat.html

Spelling:  What do I do with my spelling books? Cheryl Sigmon

Spelling and Vocabulary:  Helping Parents Understand Vocabulary and Spelling by Cheryl M. Sigmon

Sort, Hunt, Write:  A Weekly Spelling Program:  http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=278

 

Day Five:  Four-Blocks Self-Selected Reading and Synthesis of Instruction

Fluency:  http://www.pampetty.com/besttask3.htm

Interactive Read Alouds

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Meanwhile Back at the Ranch - Trinka Hakes Noble  (repetitive refrain)

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McCracken (Bob and Marlene) Educational Materials:  "The Old Woman and Her Pig" http://www.authorama.com/english-fairy-tales-6.html
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Robert and Marlene McCracken's Stories, Songs and Poetry to Teach Reading and Writing Literacy through Language
(Peguis, 1987 ISBN 0-920541-35-6) is far from new, but it has some wonderful techniques for helping readers interact with text.

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http://www.readingonline.org/electronic/elec_index.asp?HREF=/electronic/webwatch/picturebooks/index.html
 

Readers Theater:  http://www.aaronshep.com/rt/
 

Guess What?  (riddle poems):  http://members.aol.com/Eleehart/guesswhat.html
 

Giggle Poetry:  http://www.gigglepoetry.com/
 

Falling Up - Shel Silverstein
 

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices - Paul Fleischman

Recommended Literature:  http://www.pampetty.com/litindex.htm

Souvenir Bits - A Developmental Process:  http://www.teachers.net/4blocks/workshop070600.html

bulletFor every book a child reads (or heads via teacher read aloud) an "artifact" representing the book is placed in a bag (or box) so that the child can link the story to an object and retell the story (or information in the case of an expository book.)

A Bit of a Story (home version of Souvenir Bits):  http://www.teachers.net/4blocks/article33.html

bulletSummer/home connection to keep adding objects to a bag or box so that children can better recall and retell stories or information.

Building Blocks (Kindergarten)

Emergent and Early Literacy: http://www.pampetty.com/earlyliteracy.htm

Kindergarten Book Units (9 in all):  http://www.mrsbonthuisclass.com/Book%20Units.htm

Article on the Difference Between Four-Blocks and Building Blocks:  http://www.teachers.net/4blocks/article16.html

Pre-School Library:  http://www.storyplace.org/preschool/other.asp

Read, Write, Sing Lesson Ideas:  http://www.hubbardscupboard.org/read_write_sing_lesson_ideas.html

Wilbooks.com:  http://www.colorcodedbooks.org/wbs/photo_books.htm - fabulous photo books to print and many others to purchase at very low prices. 

Kindergarten Handbook for Reading and Writing:  http://instech.tusd.k12.az.us/balancedlit/handbook/kinder/kinder.htm

General Resources

Enchanted Learning:  http://www.enchantedlearning.com/Home.html

bulletOver 16,000 webpages that connect to all content areas, interests, and topics of study. 
Appropriate for K-3, free or banner-free membership as options.  Of particular interest are the rebus rhymes
and Mother Goose pages:  http://www.enchantedlearning.com/Rhymes.html

Think Reading!  http://www.joelson.addr.com/izreading.htm

bulletOffers interactive on-line learning in skills/strategies ranging from beginning sounds, to multiple meaning words,
to levels of text comprehension. 

How the Leopard got his Spots by Rudyard Kipling:  http://www.sff.net/people/karawynn/justso/leopard.htp

bulletBeautifully illustrated classic is a perfect way to introduce porquoi stories. 

Want to develop a poetry collection?  This site has a large selection that can be printed.  You may find the banners more than a little annoying, but the content is good:  http://www.heatheranne.freeservers.com/childrens/PoemsChildren.htm

Interactive Unit Planner:  http://english.unitecnology.ac.nz/iup/

bulletAllows you to build a unit (or lesson plan) on-line.  Step-by-step, prompts you to include all critical information, and provides helpful readings/resources.  You can print the lesson plan or have it emailed to you to save. 

Four-Blocks Literacy Chatboard:  http://teachers.net/mentors/4blocks/

bulletVisit this site to ask questions, read other posts, and share your ideas.

Collection of links to on-line sites for all of the 4-blocks: http://www.thecoo.edu/~apeter/guided_reading.htm

bulletBe sure and check out "Watson's Word Wall" and the "Teacher's Desk" - amazing resources!

Curriculum Units:  http://www.rogertaylor.com/

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click on Curriculum Units -- then on Sample Units to get an idea of what these incredible units look like. 
Thought this might help as you work on your standards-based units.

Composer and Publisher (downloadable writing software):  http://www.realebooks.com/ - very reasonable pricing 

Ideas for Inclusion of Pictures:

bulletiwon.com posts photos every day which have been submitted by iwon viewers:  http://today.iwon.com/index.html?PG=home&SEC=bnav
User photos, pet photos, celebrity photos, and fashion photos are available to download to your computer and use in your classroom
in PowerPoint presentations, hard copy print outs for activities, and as springboards for vocabulary development, writing, and visual links
to content area instruction. 
bulletmsnbc.com has a daily multimedia webpage that chronicles video, photo slide shows, and images from current events and special
happenings around the world:  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4999736/
bulletInteresting High-Speed (super slow motion) video clips:  The super slow-motion playback lets you visualize effects
that cannot be seen with the naked eye or with a standard video camera.  http://www.engr.colostate.edu/~dga/high_speed_video/

 

Toolbox:  Crossword maker, Wordsearch maker, Word scrambler, Text scrambler, Code maker and
Maze maker all in one:  http://www.toolbox.smartemail.co.uk/ (about $23.25 US)
 

Vocabulary Word Map:  http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/go/readquest/pdf/wordmap_2.pdf
 

Promoting Vocabulary Development:  http://www.tea.state.tx.us/reading/practices/redbk5.pdf
 

Electronic Venn Diagram:  http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/venn/index.html
 

 

Vocabulary:  http://www.longwood.edu/staff/jonescd/projects/educ530/aboxley/graphicorg/fraym.htm
 

 

On-Line Dictionary:  http://www.wordcentral.com/aol/index.html
 

 

Authors and Illustrators on the Web:  http://www.acs.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/authors.html
 

Wacky World of Words:  http://www3.telus.net/teachwell/ 
 

Frayer Method: (vocabulary strategy for providing DEPTH of understanding)  http://www.longwood.edu/staff/jonescd/projects/educ530/aboxley/graphicorg/fraym.htm
 

Sponge Vocabulary Ideas: http://coe.sdsu.edu/people/jmora/MoraModules/vocabularydev.htm
 

Flashcard Exchange:  http://www.flashcardexchange.com  - free service unless you want to be able to print your cards, then a small subscription is necessary.
 

http://www.tampareads.com/vocabulary/4thgrade/introduction4.htm - on-line resource
 

Playing with Words - Margie Golick (book)
 

The Play of Words - Richard Lederer (book)

Cornerstone® developed three complete units of study over Click, Clack, Moo, Joseph had a Little Overcoat, and The Fox and the CrowThese units are FANTASTIC for ALL learners!  You have got to see these to believe them! 
http://pbskids.org/lions/cornerstones/ - Scroll down to "teaching units" (right side of screen). 

Judy and David's On-Line Songs:  http://judyanddavid.com/index2.html

http://www.makeworksheets.com - not what you think!!

Lesson Plans on the Internet:  http://instech.tusd.k12.az.us/LessonPlans/plans.html

bulletA large databank of lesson plan collections.

Language Arts Links:  http://instech.tusd.k12.az.us/balancedlit/lasites.htm

Talking to Parents (part 1):  http://www.teachers.net/4blocks/article36.html

Talking to Parents (part 2):  http://www.teachers.net/4blocks/article37.html

 

 

 

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