Teaching Different Reading Genres to a Diverse Student Body
You are not alone on this journey even within your classroom. Your students are there to help." And Anna J. Roseboro is, too. This book is a guide for any ELA teacher starting a new job or a new grade level who feels overwhelmed or underprepared. It is packed with sage advice for planning the school year by genre while offering practical methods for understanding text structure while uncovering the art and joy of literature. Roseboro addresses the teacher directly, explaining how to teach the strategies for reading responses (P.I.E) or poem analysis (T.I.M.E), for example, creative activities that honor the voices and contributions of students with their own research and verse. This book will be a comfort to new teachers who are the department or do not have a team of teachers to visit or observe in their schools. -- Sarah J. Donovan, PhD, Teacher, Blogger, Author If there is one thing Anna Roseboro is not, it is intimidating. Her approach to teaching reading genres is eminently do-able. While based upon current scholarship and research, the practices she describes reflect the practical realities of classroom scenarios you are sure to recognize. She skillfully navigates the balance between teacher direction and student choice. Prepare to learn from a master at work! -- Carol Jago, past president, National Council of Teachers of English Not Intimidating: Teaching Different Reading Genres to a Diverse Student Body contains an encyclopedia of strategies carefully organized to aid teachers in developing and reflecting on curricula that teaches foundational literacy skills for the middle grades. Roseboro addresses how best to support all students, including ways of motivating students to engage in literacy skills beyond the assignment, assessing students learning based on multiple intelligences, and warmly welcoming English language learners into lessons. Real student responses are intermixed with numerous research-based strategies, practical teacher tips, and poignant reflective questions to ensure that lessons and assessments are developed with students at the forefront of planning. Not Intimidating is a powerful text for pre-service teachers just beginning to conceptualize their own classroom structures and veteran teachers recrafting their curricula alike. As a veteran teacher reworking my own curriculum, Roseboros positive, welcoming style helped me better strategically map out the skills needing to be taught while being mindful of the different ways my students engage with texts. -- Richard Farrell, Freshman English, George Washington High School, Chicago, IL As a long-time ELA educator, I have read an immense amount of literature, guides, and instructional manuals written on how to get students engaged, how to help them deepen their learning and how to use instructional strategies to do that. Teachers will find Roseboros book, Not Intimidating, more than just a manual for the English Language Arts classroom. They will find Roseboros book an impactful resource that not only mentors teachers on how to develop rigorous lessons that create meaningful, accessible learning for all students, but Roseboro also provides relevant research to support her provided units, lessons, and various approaches to teaching our diverse, 21st Century learners the various reading genres. -- Cecilia Neiman, Secondary Educator, College Professor, Educational Service Unit Consultant
Anna J. Small Roseboro, a National Board Certified Teacher has over four decades experience teaching in public and private schools, mentoring early career educators, facilitating leadership institutes. She was awarded Distinguished Service Awards by the California Association of Teachers of English and the National Council of Teachers of English.
Foreword Introduction Chapter One: Preparing the Road Bed for Smoother Travel Chapter Two: Unpacking the Story and Understanding the Genre Chapter Three: Crossing into Novel Territory Reading Longer Fiction Chapter Four: Teaching Classical Fiction: Where the Ghosts of the Past Speak Today Chapter Five: Opening the Past Imaginatively: Teaching Historical Fiction Chapter Six: Taking T.I.M.E. to Teach Poetry Chapter Seven: Playing It Right: Reading and Writing About Drama Chapter Eight: Unreeling Non-Fiction: Essays, Speeches, and the Media Afterword: Safe Travels Bibliography