Layers of Learning

  • Title:Layers of Learning: Using Read-Alouds to Connect Literacy and Caring Conversations
  • Author:JoEllen McCarthy
  • Publication Date:August 2020
  • Grade Level:K-6
  • ISBN:9781625312914
  • Publisher:Stenhouse

Layers of Learning explores read-aloud strategies designed to enhance your reading and writing standards by capitalizing on the way literature can impact caring communities. With over 200 picture-book suggestions, author JoEllen McCarthy introduces the Heartprint Framework, which demonstrates how you can layer literacy and life lessons throughout your day using multiple connections across learning.

Inside, you’ll find the following:

  • 60 read-aloud-based connections that support caring classroom conversations, lesson planning, and extensions
  • Instructional opportunities for nurturing readers and writers during workshop, small-group, and individual conversations
  • Literacy Snapshot photo essays with ideas to adopt or adapt
  • Continuing connections with additional resources and invitations for further learning 

Layers of Learning is structured around four key elements: Community, Agency, Respect, and Empowerment, or CARE. Inside you’ll discover the tools you need to emphasize reading and writing connections, character education, and culturally responsive teaching, while championing the power of read alouds to affect independent readers, writers, and thinkers. This book aims to shift literacy instruction and social-emotional learning from either-or choice to responsive yes-ands.  

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