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Real Talk in Elementary Classrooms

  • Title:Real Talk in Elementary Classrooms: Effective Oral Language Practice
  • Author:Maureen Boyd, Lee Galda
  • Publication Date:March 2011
  • Grade Level:1-5
  • ISBN:9781609181581
  • Publisher:Guilford

Describing effective, creative strategies for talking with students in ways that enhance literacy learning, this book offers a window into the classrooms of four exemplary teachers. Principles of productive classroom discussions are illustrated with detailed case examples. The book shows how—and explains why—"real talk" can enhance student engagement, foster critical thinking, promote mastery of literacy concepts, and instill a lasting love of reading. It offers ideas for selecting children's literature and fitting a range of interactive literacy activities into the school day. The authors draw on current knowledge about the connections between oral language and literacy development across the elementary grades.

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