In this expansive survey, David Booth, one of our foremost authorities on teaching literacy, answers real questions from teachers like you about turning research and theory into effective best practice. Teachers will find the answers they need and can use on almost any topic
- from phonics and word walls for beginning readers to guided reading, literature circles, and writing journals and workshops for more confident readers;
- from using traditional texts to comics, songs and the Internet to cover the complete gamut of the new literacies;
- from using testing as a teaching tool to creating a classroom community that is both diverse and welcoming.
But Literacy 101 is more than just a guide — it’s also the compelling story of one teacher’s journey through literacy. David writes frankly about what has worked and not worked for him over the years, and how what looks good on paper may need to be adapted for a real classroom.
About the authors
David Booth was Professor Emeritus at OISE–University of Toronto, where he trained teachers to use innovative ways to promote literacy among children for more than 30 years. A prolific author and popular international speaker, David delighted thousands with his energy, enthusiasm, and commitment. Although David passed away in 2018, his dedication to literacy, and his superb body of work in the field, form a lasting legacy in Canadian education.
LARRY SWARTZ is an instructor in literacy as well as dramatic arts at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. He has been an educator for over thirty-six years and is well known for his use of childrenâ??s literature to help young people grow as readers, writers, and citizens of the world. As a classroom teacher, consultant, author, and speaker, Larry has shared his enthusiasm and expertise with teachers, administrators, teacher-librarians, and parents throughout Canada, the United States, and Asia. He is the author of several teacher resource publications.
Other titles by David Booth
What Is a "Good" Teacher?
Exploding the Reading
Building a world of responses from one small story; 50 interactive strategies for increasing comprehension
Creating stories through role playing, improvising and reading aloud
Reading Doesn't Matter Anymore…
Shattering the myths of literacy
Even Hockey Players Read
Boys, literacy, and learning
For building successful reading and writing
The Arts Go to School
Classroom-based activities that focus on music, painting, drama, movement, media, and more
I've Got Something to Say
How student voices inform our teaching
This book is not about drama...
it's about new ways to inspire students
Other titles by Larry Swartz
Deepening In-Class and Online Learning
60 step-by-step strategies to encourage interaction, foster inclusion, and spark imagination
Better Reading Now
50 ready-to-use teaching strategies to engage students, deepen comprehension, and nurture a love of reading
Teaching Tough Topics
How do I use children's literature to build a deeper understanding of social justice, equity and diversity?
Word by Word
101 ways to inspire and engage students by building vocabulary, improving spelling, and enriching reading, writing, and learning
SideStreets Teacher's Resource Guide
Take Me to Your Readers
How to use the best children's books to lead students to read, read, read
Real Justice Teacher's Resource Guide
"This Is a Great Book!"
101 events for building enthusiastic readers inside and outside the classroom — from chapter books to young adult novels