Language Arts

Articles from Vol. 93, No. 3, January

A Nest Is Noisy
A Nest Is Noisy Written by Dianna Hutts Aston Illustrated by Sylvia Long Chronicle, 2015, unpaged, ISBN 978-1- 4521- 2713- 2Award-winning collaborators Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrator Sylvia Long, creators of A Seed Is Sleepy (2007) and A Rock Is...
Assessment in Perspective: Focusing on the Reader Behind the Numbers
Assessment in Perspective: Focusing on the Reader behind the Numbers by Clare Landrigan & Tammy Mulligan, Stenhouse, 2013, 140 pp., ISBN 978-1-57110-964-4In their first book, Landrigan and Mulligan invite readers to join them on their journey in...
Becoming Writers in a Readers' World: Kindergarten Writing Journeys
We held up our drinks and cried, "To the writing factory!" sloshing lemonade on our carpet and sleeves as we celebrated my class of kindergartners' first published books. After a month of learning where to find pencils and paper, how to transfer thoughts...
Bigfoot Is Missing!
Bigfoot Is Missing! Written by J. Patrick Lewis and Kenn Nesbitt Illustrated by MinaLima Chronicle, 2015, unpaged, ISBN 978-1-4521-1895-6"CRYPTOZOOLOGY is the study of hidden animals, or those whose real existence has not yet been proven." In Bigfoot...
Calling for Response- Ability in Our Classrooms
As practicing teachers, we know that our classroom talk involves more than delivery of content to students. In fact, teacher talk practices provide "a cumulative continuing contextual frame to enable students' involvement with the new knowledge they...
Career Dream Drawings: Children's Visions of Professions in Future Workscapes
Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation (Kennedy, 1961, n.p.).President...
Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus!
Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus! Written by Atinuke Illustrated by Lauren Tobia Kane Miller, 2015, unpaged, ISBN 978-1- 61067- 367- 9Adding to a series of seven early chapter books and two picturebooks about Anna Hibiscus's wonderful life in "amazing...
Echo
Echo Written by Pam Muñoz Ryan Scholastic, 2015, 585 pp., ISBN 978-0-439-87402-1Echo is a powerful story about three children who have challenging lives in which a magical harmonica helps each of them. The book begins with a fairy tale in which Otto...
Extraordinary People: A Semi-Comprehensive Guide to Some of the World's Most Fascinating Individuals
Extraordinary People: A Semi-Comprehensive Guide to Some of the World's Most Fascinating Individuals Written by Michael Hearst Illustrated by Aaron Schamihorn Chronicle, 2015, 110 pp., ISBN 978-1-4521-2709-5"What makes someone extraordinary?" (p. 7)...
Feedback Loops: Assembling Student Editors, Stories, and Devices for Multimodal Peer Feedback
Ten-year-old Alistair (all names are pseudonyms) has himself comfortably tucked away under a large table in his fifth grade classroom. With his iPad propped beside him, angled to bring his head and upper body into view, he is ready to begin. He presses...
Genre Connections: Lessons to Launch Literary and Nonfi Ction Texts
Genre Connections: Lessons to Launch Literary and Nonfiction Texts by Tanny McGregor, Heinemann, 2013, 122 pp., ISBN 978- 0- 25- 03396- 9In her latest book, Tanny McGregor shares lessons that she has purposefully designed to increase student engagement...
Jessica's Box
Jessica's Box Written and illustrated by Peter Carnavas Kane Miller, 2015, unpaged, ISBN 978-1- 61067- 347- 1"Jessica's mind was too busy for sleep. Her thoughts were already with tomorrow." In anticipation of the number of friends she hopes to make...
Mark of the Thief
Mark of the Thief Written by Jennifer A. Nielsen Scholastic, 2015, 339 pp., ISBN 978-0-545-56154-9Jennifer A. Nielsen's newest series, set during the Roman Empire, is full of mythology and history. Nicolas Calva and his sister are slaves working in a...
Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery That Baffled All of France
Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery That Baffled All of France Written by Mara RockliffIllustrated by Iacopo Bruno Candlewick, 2015, 45 pp., ISBN 978-0- 7636- 6351- 3This story begins with a mature Ben Franklin travelling to France to seek...
On Stories and Revolutions
For this issue of Language Arts , we invited Brian Williams, expert in cultural relevancy, and children's book author Deborah Wiles to discuss making the multidimensional nature of history available to young readers and the affordances of multigenre...
Rac(e)ing to Class: Confronting Poverty and Race in Schools and Classrooms
Rac(e)ing to Class: Confronting Poverty and Race in Schools and Classrooms by H. Richard Milner IV, Harvard Education Press, 2015, 201 pp., ISBN 978-1-61250-786-6On June 17, 2015, a self-proclaimed white supremacist entered the Emanuel African Methodist...
Rainforest Colors
Rainforest Colors Written by Janet Lawler Photographs by Tim Laman National Geographic Society, 2014, 31 pp., ISBN 978-1-4263-1733-0Bright green endpapers with a flying rhinoceros hornbill shown against a goldenrod background pull readers into the brilliant...
Readers Writing: Strategy Lessons for Responding to Narrative and Informational Text
Readers Writing: Strategy Lessons for Responding to Narrative and Informational Text by Elizabeth Hale, Stenhouse, 2014, 208 pp., ISBN 978-1-57110-843-2Traditionally, in the ELA classroom, reading and writing have been treated as separate subjects taught...
Revaluing Readers: Learning from Zachary
Retrospective Miscue Analysis (RMA) is one of the most powerful instructional strategies for helping readers. We share this case study of our work with Zachary to demonstrate the potential of RMA in bringing positive changes for struggling readers.It...
Sea Bones
Sea Bones Written and illustrated by Bob Barner Chronicle, 2015, unpaged, ISBN 978-1- 4521- 2500- 8"Wonderful creatures live in the sea. / And some have bones like you and me." And so begins this book about the bones of sea animals such as sharks, seals,...
Who's in the Tree? and Other Lift-the-Flap Surprises
Who's In the Tree? And Other Lift-the-Flap Surprises Written and illustrated by Craig Shuttlewood Sterling, 2014, unpaged, ISBN 978-1-4549-1193-7This interactive picturebook begins with, "WHO'S iN the tRee BUt SHOULDN'T Be? Let's liFt tHe FLaP, and we...
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