Every year, I partake in at least one book study over my summer vacation. When I saw this book study, I was intrigued because our school district is transitioning from the Daily 5 (which I love) to a balanced literacy program. This seemed like it might fit the bill. I also love the fact that Beth from Thinking of Teaching (who is hosting the book study) also uses and loves parts of Daily 5 and isn't quite ready to throw them all away - because I'm not at all!
Here is the blurb from Amazon about the book
"It is possible to create a literacy block where teachers meet with students for guided reading and writing conferences, and provide daily explicit instruction in both reading and writing. A comprehensive look at literacy and learning, 100 Minutes shows teachers how to fit balanced literacy into a daily 100-minute literacy block using a framework of whole-class instruction and writing sessions, combined with independent work. It also offers strategies for dealing with the important elements of literacy instruction, including sharing and conferencing; using exemplars; creating success criteria; providing effective feedback; building in rich tasks, higher-level thinking, open-ended questions, and collaborative learning opportunities; and thinking critically and analytically about all kinds of texts."
Of course I'm interested in learning more, aren't you?
Here are some options to purchase the book:
But... if you are lucky, you might be able to WIN a copy of the book for FREE! Thinking of Teaching is hosting a great giveaway to help get you started with our book study!
The book study starts officially on May 23rd - my day to host is May 31st (my first day of summer vacation!!!). Please come join us!