How to Plan Differentiated Reading Instruction: Resources for Grades K-3 (Paperback)
This book reviews the basics of differentiated reading instruction and provides detailed, ready-to-use lesson plans and materials to help teachers hit the ground running. Teachers get everything they need to implement four types of instructional groups over multiple three-week cycles. For phonemic awareness and word recognition, dozens of reproducibles are provided. For fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension, lessons are based on popular, inexpensive trade books. Offering step-by-step guidance to simplify planning and decision making, the book can be used on its own or as a complement to Differentiated Reading Instruction: Strategies for the Primary Grades, which offers a complete introduction to the authors' approach.
About the Author
Michael C. McKenna, PhD, is Thomas G. Jewell Professor of Reading at the University of Virginia. He is the author, coauthor or editor of 15 books and more than 100 articles, chapters, and technical reports on a range of literacy topics. His books include two that were coauthored with Sharon Walpole: "The Literacy Coach's Handbook: A Guide to Research-Based Practice "and "Differentiated Reading Instruction: Strategies for the Primary Grades," His other books include "Assessment for Reading Instruction" (with Steven Stahl); "Help for Struggling Readers"; "Teaching through Text"; and "Issues and Trends in Literacy Education," among others. Dr. McKenna's research has been sponsored by the National Reading Research Center and the Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement. He is the cowinner of the National Research Conference's Edward Fry Book Award and American Library Association's Award for Outstanding Academic Books. He has served on the editorial board of "Reading Research Quarterly," and his articles have appeared in that journal as well as in others. Dr. McKenna now works extensively with literacy coaches in Georgia and Virginia.
Sharon Walpole, PhD, is Associate Professor of Reading in the School of Education at the University of Delaware. She teaches undergraduate courses on language and literacy development in kindergarten and first grade, master's courses on content-area reading instruction and on organization and supervision of the reading program, and doctoral seminars on literacy and educational policy. Dr. Walpole has extensive school-based experience, including both high school teaching and elementary school administration. She has also been involved infederally funded and homegrown schoolwide reform projects and has been studying the design and effects of schoolwide reforms, particularly those involving literacy coaches. She works closely with the Reading First initiatives in Delaware, Virginia, and Georgia and is coauthor (with Michael C. McKenna) of "The Literacy Coach's Handbook" and "Differentiated Reading Instruction," and has written articles in a number of professional journals. In 2007, Dr. Walpole received the Early Career Award from the National Reading Conference for Significant Contributions to Literacy Research and Education.
"This is an ideal resource for primary-grade educators who know the importance of differentiated instruction but are still resorting to the one-size-fits-all approach to teaching, due to time constraints and other demands. How to Plan Differentiated Instruction provides a plethora of lesson plans, reproducibles, and assessments so that teachers can begin meeting their students' needs immediately. Readers will feel confident creating their own differentiated lessons after using these teacher-friendly model plans as guided practice."--Jodi Nichols, MEd, Instructional Leader and Reading Specialist, Garrett County (Maryland) Public Schools
"Many of us struggle to put the literacy puzzle together. Even with a knowledge of best practices, it's a challenge to plan instruction that meets the needs of all our students. How to Plan Differentiated Reading Instruction is a comprehensive resource that clarifies the planning process and shows teachers how to use assessments to plan for differentiated instruction."--Jennifer Allen, MEd, literacy specialist, Waterville (Maine) Public Schools"Walpole and McKenna have expertly responded to concerns of educators from the field to create this indispensable guide. Teachers will be refreshed by its user-friendly, common-sense approach. The strength of the book lies in its power to 'unpack' the authors’ thinking about lesson planning, thus serving as a practical springboard for teachers as they provide for the literacy needs of every student."--Sonia Q. Cabell, MEd, research staff, Preschool Language and Literacy Lab, University of Virginia; former second-grade teacher and reading coach