Category: Book Reviews

A Major CCSS Resource

Fully aligned with CCSS, Common Core Literacy Lesson Plans: Ready-to-Use Resources, 6-8 is valuable resource for all 6-8 teachers, says reviewer Linda Biondi. The book offers well-researched, fully developed lesson plans.

Take a Classroom U-Turn

Reviewer Chelsea Leann Collins finds the turn-around strategies in U-Turn Teaching: Strategies to Accelerate Learning and Transform Middle School Achievement work in her seventh grade classroom.

Getting Informational Text into Action

Get It Done by Jeffrey D. Wilhelm, Michael W. Smith, and James E. Fredricksen is “a treasure trove of helpful insights about why we need to care about the teaching of informational text,” says reviewer & flowchart maker Kevin Hodgson.

The Why & How of Tech Tools

Kevin Hodgson says this ASCD/McREL book by Howard Pitler, Elizabeth R. Hubbell, and Matt Kuhn, Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works, offers abundant help for educators to integrate technology with effective & engaging instructional practices.

Becoming a Connected Educator

Reviewer Anne Jolly finds The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach & Lani Ritter Hall is “a detailed description of how to create my own learning community, expand my own connectedness, and involve others in sharing and learning as well.”

Engagement Party

Everyone’s Invited! Interactive Strategies That Engage Young Adolescents by Jill Spencer is full of adaptable ideas for student engagement that will inspire creativity and problem solving in your classroom, says reviewer Sandy Wisneski.

Safe and Happy Classrooms

How to Bullyproof Your Classroom by Caltha Crowe is an excellent resource with lesson plans that include objectives, materials needed, step-by-step directions and follow-up activities, says reviewer Linda Biondi.

Real World Writing Strategies

In Write Like This: Teaching Real World Writing Through Modeling and Mentor Texts, Kelly Gallagher’s real-world approach to writing instruction is practical, relevant and doable by any teacher, says reviewer Rhonda Leduc.