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A wide array of innovative resources support continued progress in reading, analyzing, and responding to grade-level fiction and nonfiction for middle school students:

  • Close Reading Resources: Unique books guide annotation, collaborative conversations, and writing to sources.
  • Small Group & Independent Reading Books: Diverse students learn about genres, themes, points of view, and other key aspects of literature.
  • Reader’s Theater: Scripts engage middle schoolers in active learning about novels, poems, speeches, and more.

eBooks with Digital Teaching Support

Benchmark Education’s middle school books improve literacy skills and understanding of grade-level topics, and the same resources are also available in an eBook format with audio and a range of other features:

  • Pop-out annotation columns enable students to write notes and respond to text in other ways.
  • Pop-up glossaries explain the meaning of academic language so it can be understood in context.
  • Virtual sticky notes and other tools enable teachers and students to interact effectively online.

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Introduce the key elements of each genre and give real-world examples.

Provide practice with multiple models, including a mentor text that explains the author's techniques.

Focus students on understanding and analyzing the text.

After analyzing the annotated text, students are ready to write their own.

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  1. Interactive Writing: Developing Readers Through Writing Professional Development Book
    Interactive Writing: Developing Readers Through Writing Professional Development Book WW-Y43408

    Interactive writing is a powerful practice because it taps into reading and writing and shows children how literacy learning in one area supports another. With this remarkable book, Reading Recovery expert C.C. Bates breaks new ground by showing teachers how to make the link to reading far stronger for students throughout the school day. Teachers discover how to:

    • Set up a literacy-rich environment and manage materials
    • Engage in interactive writing in whole-group and small-group settings
    • Use formative assessments to make in-the-moment decisions
    • Teach concepts about print, alphabetic understanding, how words work, and fluency
    • Integrate interactive writing across the content areas
  2. Meaningful Phonics and Word Study: Lesson Fix Ups for Impactful Teaching Professional Development Book
    Meaningful Phonics and Word Study: Lesson Fix Ups for Impactful Teaching Professional Development Book WW-Y40559

    Finally, a book on phonics instruction that helps teachers know how to fix up common weaknesses in their curriculum and materials. Expert Wiley Blevins has researched packaged programs, workshop settings, and phonics in a successful literacy classroom, and provides here dozens of practical ideas to make teaching and learning higher impact. Learn to:

    • Apply the latest scientific research on how we learn to read
    • Harness the power of the 7 foundations of strong phonics instruction
    • Tweak your scope and sequence so it contains built-in review and repetition
    • Ensure that 50% of your daily phonics lessons are devoted to meaningful reading and writing
    • and so much more! Meaningful Phonics and Word Study will help you implement explicit, systematic phonics—and make it engaging, active, and thought-provoking.
  3. Reading Fluency: Understand – Assess – Teach Professional Development Book
    Reading Fluency: Understand – Assess – Teach Professional Development Book WW-Y35120

    Jan Hasbrouck, Ph.D. and Deborah Glaser, Ed.D. have written an accessible and thoughtful resource to help teachers understand the complex, essential, and often misunderstood skill of reading fluency. The authors:

    • Define the complex skill of reading fluency
    • Present an overview of current research
    • Offer practical guidance for assessing and developing students’ fluency
    • Include specific skill-development activities In the companion Professional Learning Guide for Leaders, classroom teachers, specialists, and instructional leaders can go deeper into professional study using the tools provided.
  4. Meaningful Reading Assessment Professional Development Book
    Meaningful Reading Assessment Professional Development Book WW-Y33668

    Instruction and assessment ought to be like two peas in a pod. In this practical guide, Peter Afflerbach, a foremost authority on developing effective assessments, teams up with literacy expert Adria Klein to show teachers how to become fluent in meaningful assessment routines. Highlights include:

    • Purposeful formative assessment, self-assessment, and student learning goals
    • Using tools that reveal reliable, relatable insights
    • Knowing readers as people in order to know instruction and engage
    • Designing and mining daily routines to yield data
    • Learning to analyze information, and sharing assessment results thoughtfully