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Books and Beyond : New Ways to Reach Readers (Paperback)

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Try counting how many different types of texts you read each day. Now count how few your students read in class. Michael Opitz, Michael Ford, and Matthew Zbaracki argue that if we want children to meet our literacy expectations, we must do more than supplement basal reading or anthologies with a few books here and there. What kids need to grow into lifelong readers is true variety in a print-rich classroom, teaching that values their out-of-school literacy as well as their in-school literacy, and an emphasis on what works, instead of what's mandated.

Books and Beyond is a book of big ideas and smart, useful strategies. Opitz, Ford, and Zbaracki suggest ways to model literate behaviors so that students come to understand that reading is not reserved for the classroom but permeates everything adults do. They describe step by step how to use ten distinct types of outside-world text in your reading program, including a wide range of genres and media. They offer specific advice and instructional alternatives for each kind of text and answer key instructional questions about it such as:

  • Why use it?
  • How can it be used in the classroom?
  • How does it work with different age groups?
  • What are examples that are appropriate for students?
  • What websites are good for researching it?

Books and Beyond has everything you need to create a reading program that truly offers students choice alongside a strong sense of how and why we use reading in our everyday lives. And with tips for working around the obstacles of basals, suggestions for reforming the attitudes that have left many real-world texts undervalued, ignored, or even banned from classroom use, as well as methods for using alternative texts to increase student interest and motivation, it's got enough savvy to help you make the transition to a balanced reading program without making waves.

If you or your students struggle with banal basal programs, or if you'd simply like to open children's eyes to a wider world of genres, texts, and literature, readBooks and Beyond. You'll find a whole new world of reading instruction at your fingertips.


Publisher Heinemann
Mfg Part# 9780325007434
SKU 202118728
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0325007438
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Book Format Paperback
Minimum Age 05
Number of Pages 0192
Publisher Heinemann Educational Books
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