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Literacy Lessons, K-8 Connecting Activities to Standards and Students to Communities by Helen I. Hoffner

Literacy Lessons, K-8 Connecting Activities to Standards and Students to Communities


Literacy Lessons, K-8 Connecting Activities to Standards and Students to Communities by Helen I. Hoffner

Literacy Lessons, K-8 enables teachers to meet IRA and McRel standards with a broad spectrum of instructional techniques that address all areas of the language arts: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing. The book includes lesson plans and activities as well as projects that will engage and motivate students. Students will also learn how to find information on a topic they are interested in and how to incorporate their own experiences into activities that meet standards. Busy teachers will also find: - Quick and inexpensive means of creating costumes and props for storytelling - Ideas to tempt families to engage in storytelling at home - References to K-8 literature to link instruction with authentic text - Differentiation techniques for ELLs as well as for students who are working above or below grade-level expectations Teachers are always looking for materials that make their job easier, and this book provides everything needed to teach literacy lessons effectively.


By using common items and joining them to the community in which students live, real-life experiences will increase literacy and the enjoyment of reading. All of the information and activities are connected with national standards and age levels. Very much appreciated and recommended. -- Library Media Connection This book helps busy teachers, librarians, and youth group leaders plan and implement successful projects with children and their families and addresses educational standards with authentic, memorable activities. -- Grace O'Neill, Associate Professor of Education Helen Hoffner's book offers a good balance of theory, research, and applied material. The connections to the standards are essential. This text provides a framework for helping teachers match instruction to standards. -- Carleene Slowik, Principal This book would be an excellent addition to any educator's library of resources. I will use these ideas in my classroom next year. -- Elizabeth Martin, Former Assistant Head of Lower School This book is full of entertaining activities that keep students engaged in using meaningful language in purposeful ways. This text offers great ideas for promoting discussions that encourage children to share family and culture and learn about one another. The lessons provide the language foundation needed to support quality student writing. -- Carol Gallegos, Literacy Coach Hoffner has written an accessible and engaging book that provides well-crafted and creative lesson plans with clear directions and well-thought-out assessments. These easy-to-follow lessons provide educators with opportunities to help children meet the standards while enjoying children's literature and positive interactions. Postcard Possibilities and Hats Off to Storytellers are two lessons that I am looking forward to trying with my students this semester. -- Kathleen Quinn, Professor This is a time-saving treasure with a comprehensive selection of literacy activities. Teachers and administrators will love the variety of lessons that encompass the four major components of language arts literacy instruction. This clear and concise book provides an array of literature choices and related lessons that will be sure to motivate and engage a diverse population of learners. -- Eileen Baker, Supervisor of K-12 Reading and K-8 Language Arts

About the Author

Helen Hoffner is an Associate Professor at Holy Family University where she teaches graduate and undergraduate literacy courses and directs the program leading to reading specialist certification. Her research interests include investigations of literacy related technology such as electronic books and the use of captioned and visually described television and film programs to improve literacy. She serves as an educational consultant for 20th Century Fox/MGM Entertainment Corporation and has developed a series of captioned films to help children and adults improve their reading ability. Dr. Hoffner has been an elementary classroom teacher, reading specialist, director of a school for students with learning disabilities, and supervisor of student teachers. She has chaired school evaluation teams for the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and has presented workshops for educators throughout the United States and Canada. In addition to writing many journal articles and instructional manuals, Dr. Hoffner has written several books for teachers including, The Elementary Teacher's Digital Toolbox, Reading and Writing Mysteries in Grades 4 to 8, A Look at Realistic Fiction, and Learning Disabilities: What Research Tells Us. Helen Hoffner is proud to be a teacher and to share her classroom experiences and lesson planning suggestions with current and future educators.

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Book Info

Publication date

13th October 2010


Helen I. Hoffner

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SAGE Publications Inc


136 pages


Teaching of a specific subject
Educational: English language: reading & writing skills
Primary & middle schools



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