My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book was really hard to understand, mostly because I'm not a literature teacher at any level, and I'm not even English mother tongue. Anyway what I understood was really interesting and this book really shows how to improve your teaching skills using books, as it says: "...we’ve looked at the different ways teachers can implement four “Core of the Core” ideas in the classroom. By having students read harder texts, close read rigorously to establish and analyze meaning, read lots of nonfiction, and write in direct response to written works, teachers can go a long way toward ensuring their students’ preparation for and success in college. Still, in and of themselves, those four ideas do not a competent and successful reader make. There are other important and often foundational skills necessary to success in reading.
In this second part of the book, we’ll look at those pieces essential to rigorous and thorough reading instruction. We’ll focus on a combination of fundamentals—things like increasing vocabulary or sharpening expressive reading skills—and the process of developing positive habits and systems to make classrooms more effective and efficient in supporting student success. Fortunately, these essentials also offer deep synergies with the ideas in the first part of the book. " cit.
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