Reading Fiction and Poetry: A Guide for Students and Teachers is an engaging, reader-centered exploration of how authors work, how texts function, and how students can adopt quality reading behaviors.
Like Thomas Foster’s How to Read Literature Like a Professor, this book, Reading Fiction and Poetry, primarily speaks directly to practicing readers, in this case high-school students. But, the book concurrently speaks directly to teachers, sharing tips and strategies for enacting the book’s ideas.
To Teachers: Our professional world is filled with all kinds of tips, tricks, worksheets, mini-lessons, units, and manuals—all meant to help teachers help students become better readers. What’s missing is a student-centered discussion about how authors work, how texts work, and what transferable behaviors students need to adopt to read well. Teachers and professors have worked for years to build this tower, but nobody remembered to build the foundation. I hope this book provides that foundation.
About the Common Core: This book is now my primary tool for helping students earn high test scores. Unexpectedly, the Common Core standards helped me write this book. The way the standards asked me to think about author decision-making, literary texts, and reading behaviors provided a surprising focus. This book is meant to organically model good reading, but it also became my examination of how to reach Common Core standards.
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