Literacy Lessons, K-8 enables teachers to meet IRA and McRel standards with a broad spectrum of instructional techniques that address all areas of the language arts: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing. The book includes lesson plans and activities as well as projects that will engage and motivate students. Students will also learn how to find information on a topic they are interested in and how to incorporate their own experiences into activities that meet standards. Busy teachers will also find:
- Quick and inexpensive means of creating costumes and props for storytelling
- Ideas to tempt families to engage in storytelling at home
- References to K-8 literature to link instruction with authentic text
- Differentiation techniques for ELLs as well as for students who are working above or below grade-level expectations
Teachers are always looking for materials that make their job easier, and this book provides everything needed to teach literacy lessons effectively.
Helen Hoffner is an Associate Professor at Holy Family University where she teaches graduate and undergraduate literacy courses and directs the program leading to reading specialist certification. Her research interests include investigations of literacy related technology such as electronic books and the use of captioned and visually described television and film programs to improve literacy. She serves as an educational consultant for 20th Century Fox/MGM Entertainment Corporation and has developed a series of captioned films to help children and adults improve their reading ability. Dr. Hoffner has been an elementary classroom teacher, reading specialist, director of a school for students with learning disabilities, and supervisor of student teachers. She has chaired school evaluation teams for the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and has presented workshops for educators throughout the United States and Canada. In addition to writing many journal articles and instructional manuals, Dr. Hoffner has written several books for teachers including, The Elementary Teacher's Digital Toolbox, Reading and Writing Mysteries in Grades 4 to 8, A Look at Realistic Fiction, and Learning Disabilities: What Research Tells Us. Helen Hoffner is proud to be a teacher and to share her classroom experiences and lesson planning suggestions with current and future educators.
Preface Acknowledgments About the Author Standards Part I. Lesson Plans and Activities to Enhance Storytelling 1. Reading Hometown History Savoring the Setting Diaries at Daybreak A Story in a Poem Postcard Possibilities 2. Writing If These Walls Could Talk... Story Letters Hats Off to the Storytellers The Story of My Favorite Hat 3. Speaking and Listening Sing a Story Making Introductions Honoring Your Friends A Picturesque Town Voices Tell the Story 4. Viewing Freeze Frame: Storytelling With Wordless Picture Books Picture Your Life Actions Speak Louder Than Words Part II. The Arts and Crafts of Literacy: Projects to Enhance Literacy Experiences 5. Costume Corners 6. Puppets 7. Motivating Writers 8. Fabric Crayon Projects 9. Quilting Memories 10. Family Literacy Experiences: Sharing and Preserving Memories Part III. Literacy Resources References