For the Love of Books Teacher & Librarian Collaboration. Eldorado High School PLC-Reading Matters Heather Dahl, Dorene Kahl , Randee Ensor, Adrienne Royce http://eldoradoreadingmatters.edublogs.org. Professional Learning Communities. At Eldorado, PLC Groups are arranged by department
Eldorado High School
Heather Dahl, DoreneKahl, Randee Ensor, Adrienne Royce
At Eldorado, PLC Groups are arranged by department
Language Arts sub-group at EHS, for some time, embraced FVR (or IR)- so this became a study group in the Language Arts department
The Reading Matters PLC group endeavors to create life-long learners and critical thinkers through free and voluntary reading, offered in classes a minimum of two times each week, throughout the school year. Assessment includes reading logs and writing activities, a minimum of once each six weeks, to guide students to approach reading with critical thinking strategies of text to self (September through December 2009), text to text (January and February 2010), and text to world (March, April, May 2010).
Text to Text Rubric
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Dorene Kahl, Language Arts Teacher
Reasons for Independent Reading
How EHS became an IR/ FVR School!!
Atwell, Nancie. The Reading Zone. NY: Scholastic, 2007.
Atwell, Nancie. “Myths of Independent Reading.” In Teachers College Record. Dec 2009.
Cullinan, Bernice E. “Independent Reading and School Achievement.” In "Assessment of the Role of School and Public Libraries in Support of Educational Reform." Westat Inc., 1998-2000.
Gallagher, Kelly. Readicide. Portland, Me: Stenhouse Publishers, 2009.
Gallagher, Kelly. “Reversing Readicide.” In Educational Leadership. Vol 67, No 6, March 2010.
Gatto, John. A Different Kind of Teacher. Berkeley Hills Publishing, 2000. (79-82).
Holt, John. “How Teachers Make Children Hate Reading.” In The Under-Achieving School, 1967
Krashen, Stephen. “81 Generalizations about Free Voluntary Reading.” In Children and Adolescents Special Interest Group of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language, Jan 2009.
Krashen, Stephen. “Free Voluntary Reading: New Research, Applications, and Controversies.” Presented at Pan-Asian Conference, Vladivostok, Russia, June 24, 2004.
McQuillan, Jeff. The Literacy Crisis: False Claims, Real Solutions. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1998.
Miller, Donalyn. “Becoming a Classroom of Readers.” In Educational Leadership. Vol 67, No 6, March 2010.
Newkirk, Thomas. “The Case for Slow Reading.” In Educational Leadership. Vol 67, No 6, March 2010.
Newkirk, Thomas. Holding On To Good Ideas In A Time Of Bad Ones: Six Literacy Principles Worth Fighting For. Portsmouth NH: Heinemann, 2009.
Wolk, Stephen. “Is Your Reading List a Little Outdated?” In The Phi Delta Kappan. April 2010.
“After a few weeks of IR and answering questions in the IR Log (text to text, text to self, or text to world), it is time to share and discuss what you feel is a powerful passage to the class!”
Defined as: those excerpts which you as an individual find particularly compelling and WANT TO TALK ABOUT
Language Arts Teacher
Eldorado High School
Frustrations stem from:
Connecting the Known to the New
Our top circulated PLC books:
The OtherworldliesKogler- 13
The Forest of Hands & Teeth Ryan- 10-
Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark SideFantaskey- 10
Catching Fire Collins- 10
Highway to Hell Clement-Moore- 10
Bog Child Dowd-8
The Anatomy of WingsFoxlee- 7
Absolutely Maybe Yee-6
Alive in the Killing FieldsKeat- 4
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