Nothing is more exciting to teachers and parents than to hear a child exclaim, [I can read this whole book all by myself!] The culmination of teaching reading to young children is the enjoyment they discover when they become independent readers.
Teaching Emergent Readers: Collaborative Library Lesson Plans is a book designed to use popular beginning readers to motivate students, make connections with the classroom and library, review skills, and expand understanding. The plans include activities for the media specialist or librarian to introduce the books, activities for the teacher to use before and after reading the text, writing opportunities, and a letter to parents explaining the lessons that have been taught and suggesting enrichment activities to use at home. In this way, the student, teacher, media specialist, and parents are all focused on the same book, which will allow the student to make connections that enhance comprehension.
Another helpful connection found in this volume is the suggestions for using the books for character education. The situations and characters are easy for students to identify with, allowing teachers and parents to have discussions about character issues in connection with the literature.
Phonics, phonemic awareness, and decoding have also been included in the lesson plans. Depending on students' reading abilities, the teacher may want to use all of these skill sections or just the ones that are appropriate for the individual or group.
The comprehension questions and writing activities can be used as a complete lesson or as a starting point, adding other activities to develop skills appropriate to the student or group.
The books listed on the parent page are also a resource for the teacher and librarian. Some lend themselves to an author study. Others follow a theme that can be a part of the beginning reader lesson plan. The possibilities for study and activities between the library and the classroom are limitless. Enjoy and let your students celebrate their own [independence day] as they discover the joys of independent reading.