30 Big-Idea Lessons for Small Groups: The Teaching Framework for Any Text and Every Reader (Corwin Literacy)

30 Big-Idea Lessons for Small Groups: The Teaching Framework for Any Text and Every Reader (Corwin Literacy)

By: Colleen A Morello (author), Michael J Rafferty (author), Paraskevi Rountos (author)Paperback

More than 4 weeks availability

£18.99 & FREE Saver Delivery on orders over £25


Teachers can access 30 lessons organized by text complexity, reproducible forms, assessments, and a bank of engagement tools. These lessons can be used across the year as a warm up to a whole-class novel, to augment a core reading program, to challenge capable readers and bring striving readers in to rich yet accessible reading experiences.

Create a review

About Author

Mike Rafferty is the Director of Teaching and Learning in Region 14 Schools in Connecticut. He has worked as a classroom teacher, a Reading Recovery teacher, a reading consultant, and a curriculum leader for language arts. He has worked with numerous schools to develop coherence from curriculum to classroom. He has led workshops and presented at conferences on ways for schools to ensure meaningful small group experiences for all students as well as how to implement a successful RTI program. He is also a Graduate Instructor at Southern Connecticut State University, leading courses in reading assessment, intervention and literacy leadership. Colleen Morello is the Language Arts Specialist for the Fairfield Public Schools in Fairfield, Ct. She coaches elementary teachers, works with struggling readers and writers both in and out of the classroom, provides district-wide professional development to staff, as well as develops and presents various workshops to the parent community. Colleen has also consulted for an international literacy corporation (Lit Liife Inc.) She traveled to various schools around the state of Connecticut offering professional development to staff, coaching in classrooms, and leading curriculum writing projects with district leaders Paraskevi Rountos has been a Language Arts Specialist in Fairfield, CT for eight years. She has coached and modeled lessons for teachers of Grades Kindergarten through 5th Grade. She has also worked with students requiring reading intervention. Prior to being a Language Arts Specialist, Paraskevi taught 1st Grade in New York, NY and in Wilton, CT. She has presented numerous professional learning sessions to classroom teachers, Special Education teachers, paraprofessionals, and parents on topics including small group instruction, higher level thinking and reading response, running records and miscue analysis, decoding strategies, comprehension, and implementing Reading and Writing Units of Study. Paraskevi has served on several district and school wide committees that focused on assessment and curriculum writing aligned to the Common Core State Standards.


Chapter 1. Big-Idea Groups: Scaffolded Reading Instruction Where Engagement Rules The Ultimate Goal: Real Student Independence Now Look at Student Independence During Big-Idea Groups Four Facets of the Framework How Big-Idea Groups Fit Within Other Small-Group Models A Few Important Frameworks for Reading Closely The Effective Environment Around Close Reading What About Guided Reading and Strategic Reading? What's Ahead in This Book? An Introductory Big-Idea Lesson On Another Day: Adapting the Introductory Lesson With an Informational Text The Great White Space Chapter 2. The Lesson Design The Tweaks to DRTA Five Phases of the Lesson Time Factors When to Begin? How Do They Fit Within Units of Study? A Trial Run: The "Why" Behind Each Phase Phase 1: Engaging Phase 2: Discussing Phase 3: Deep-See Thinking Phase 4: Connecting Phase 5: Assessing Chapter 3. The Tools of Engagement Interesting Texts Collaboration Autonomy Real-World Instruction Coherence Expository Expectation Map Important Versus Interesting Ranking Characters Ranking the Table of Contents Semantic Word Ranking Sketch-to-Stretch Staircase Label Vocabulary Karaoke Teacher Involvement Chapter 4. The 30 Lesson Planners Chapter 5. Transferring Thinking Across the Day Teacher Variety During Small-Group Instruction in the Reading Block Agency: The Ability to Fly on Your Own Connecting Conferring to Big Ideas Across the Day Creating a Community Connecting to a Common Beacon Making Homework a Matter Worth Doing Chapter 6. Assessing Readers Within and Beyond the Group The Rubric Classroom Examples Phase 1: Engaging Phase 2: Discussing Phase 3: Deep-See Thinking Phase 4: Connecting Responsible Talk Assessing Speaking and Listening Tracking Data to Help Drive Instructional Adjustments Chapter 7. Useful Forms and Lists for Big-Idea Groups Tactile Tool Forms Box and Bullets Character Karaoke Charting the Chapters Moving to Make Meaning Pyramid of Perspectives Semantic Circle Tactile Chart Vocabulary Karaoke Topics Card Other Big-Idea-Worthy Texts Formative Assessment Data Sheet Build Your Own Big-Idea Lessons Kit

Product Details

  • publication date: 22/06/2016
  • ISBN13: 9781506334387
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 248
  • ID: 9781506334387
  • weight: 680
  • ISBN10: 1506334385

Delivery Information

  • Saver Delivery: Yes
  • 1st Class Delivery: Yes
  • Courier Delivery: Yes
  • Store Delivery: Yes

Prices are for internet purchases only. Prices and availability in WHSmith Stores may vary significantly