“This Is a Great Book!” champions the belief that having a wide range of “great” books to read is essential to students’ becoming readers — both inside the classroom, and beyond. Based on extensive research, this highly readable book explores a range of recommended titles that cover a spectrum of developmental stages, from early chapter books to young adult novels. The 101 literacy events outlined within include a wealth of practical strategies: more than fifty reproducible activities, assessment profiles, and inventories for easy classroom use. Committed to nurturing the love of reading, this passionate book invites readers to dig deeper by responding through writing, discussion, the arts, media, and more. Special attention is given to the world of leisure reading, where readers make choices based on their preferences and tastes as they build a lifelong interest in fiction that will enrich their lives.
About the authors
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 Larry Swartz
Write to Read
Ready-to-use classroom lessons that explore the ABCs of writing
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
Questions and answers that meet the needs of real teachers in K-12 classrooms