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“This book reminds us why Laura Robb continues to be such an important voice in our field: She looks through kids’ eyes and sees into their futures. Literary conversations don’t just enrich kids days; they offer young people gifts that keep on giving: the ability to take risks, exercise creativity, build empathy, and develop the ability to negotiate.” –from the foreword by Harvey “Smokey” Daniels When you get right down to it, literacy comes down to this: read, talk, write. But as every teacher knows, it can be hard for students to see and use these three moves in concert–until now. In Read, Talk, Write, Laura Robb lays out the classroom structures that create the time and space for students to have productive talk and written discourse about texts. With Laura’s guidance you’ll • Use short texts by Seymour Simon, Kathleen Krull, Priscilla Cummings, and other popular fiction and nonfiction authors to teach students how to analyze and converse about texts • Incorporate six kinds of talk into your instruction, including turn-and-talk, partner talks, and small-group discussions • Use the wealth of in-book and online reproducibles to help students facilitate their own comprehension-building discussions • Select from 35 lessons that address literary elements and devices, text structures, and comprehension strategies, and then use them to launch student-led talk about any text you teach • Help your readers get in a read-talk-write flow, and know how to move from reading to talking to writing, to bring about deeper thinking • Achieve high levels of performance around inferring, comparing and contrasting, summarizing and synthesizing, and other key skills by way of classroom conversations that make these advanced levels the norm

Taking the Plunge : How to Talk and Write About Nonfiction
Taking the Plunge: How to Talk and Write About Nonfiction

If textbooks are the main or only informational texts that students read in Grades 4 and up, we are shortchanging them. Textbooks have facts, facts, and more facts, and often, as a fifth grader said, “leave out the story—all the great stuff.” Yet it’s the true stories and the narrative elements in informational books that bond and connect readers to them (Newkirk, 2014).

Skilled and award-winning nonfiction writers do extensive research to find mysteries, true accounts, snippets of diaries, and recorded conversations to weave into their writing. Nonfiction can be as creative as fiction and includes figurative language, dialogue, and the writer’s strong voice—combined with ...

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