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Literacy Projects for Student-Centered Classrooms
Tips and Lessons to Engage Students


April 2007 | 168 pages | Corwin

"Real, rather than theoretical. The clear examples are inspiring, and the approach can be put to use immediately."
—Jon Potter, English and Drama Teacher
Camden Hills Regional High School, Rockport, ME

"This book provides many novel ideas for teachers to use, with practical applications."
—Jamie Jahnig, English Teacher
Cheyenne Central High School, WY

Promote engaging and energizing learning experiences with a student-centered approach to literacy.

Lessons come alive, students participate with keen interest, and productive learning experiences occur when teachers use authentic student-centered strategies in their reading and language arts classrooms and give students a real voice in their academic growth. In this unique resource, Karrell Hickman presents creative ways to make literacy instruction exciting and relevant, and outlines techniques for inspiring student motivation, exploration, and teamwork.

In addition to four fully developed long-term research projects that encourage student-centered learning while meeting NCTE and IRA standards, this practical text also offers:

  • Guidelines for using the student-centered approach with readings and assignments
  • Strategies for guiding students in effective project development, rubric scoring, self-monitoring, and self-evaluation
  • Time management strategies and resource lists for each project
  • Student samples and Quick Tip sections

Eliminate the guesswork and let this user-friendly resource expertly guide you and your students on a rich journey of collaborative learning.


 
Acknowledgements
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
1. Working Toward a Student Centered Classroom
Developing Student-Led Class Discussions

 
From Criteria to Rubrics: Student-Led Assessment Tool

 
Other Assessment Tools

 
Tutors, Teachers, and Collaborators

 
Time Management

 
 
2. How to Create a Project
Where to Find Project Ideas

 
The Design

 
Organizing

 
 
3. Standards and High-Stakes Testing
Standards and Projects

 
Standards for the English Language Arts Sponsored by NCTE and IRA

 
High-Stakes Testing

 
 
4. Adopt-a-Poet
Teacher Instructions

 
Student Instructions

 
 
5. Project Monster
Teacher Instructions

 
Research Assignments

 
Portfolio

 
Presentations

 
Student Instructions

 
Research Assignments

 
Portfolio

 
Presentation

 
 
6. “I Was Friends With . . . .”
Teacher Instructions

 
Research Assignments

 
Portfolio

 
Presentation

 
Student Instructions

 
Research Assignments

 
Portfolio

 
 
7. Tracing the Protest Movement in America Through Song: A Scavenger Hunt
Teacher Instructions

 
The Scavenger Hunt

 
Portfolio

 
Timeline Graphic

 
Presentation

 
Student Instructions

 
Portfolio

 
Timeline Graphic

 
Presentation

 
 
Appendix
Project Design

 
Adopt-a-Poet

 
Project Monster

 
“I Was Friends With . . . .”

 
Tracing the Protest Movement in America Through Song: A Scavenger Hunt

 
 
Resources
Case Studies

 
 
References
 
Index

"Provides many novel ideas for teachers to use, with practical applications." 

Jamie Jahnig, English Teacher
Cheyenne Central High School, WY

"Real, rather than theoretical. Provides an extremely clear format for all grade levels and presents a concise, workable classroom format that teaches not only intensive reading and writing, but also how students can learn to learn. The clear examples are inspiring, and the approach can immediately be put to use."

Jon Potter, English and Drama Teacher
Camden Hills Regional High School, Rockport, ME

"From project management and student evaluation processes to resource lists for each project, teachers learn how to engage and promote new strategies for literacy."

California Bookwatch, July 2007
Midwest Book Review
Key features
  • Guidelines for using the student-centered approach with shorter and/or mandated readings and assignments
  • Rich student samples
  • Linked to standards
  • Four detailed, ready-to use research projects have been tested, refined, and used successfully in the secondary classroom
  • Time-management strategies and suggested calendars for each project
  • Resource lists for each project
  • Strategies for guiding students in effective project proposal development, scoring rubric development, self-monitoring, self-evaluation
  • Numerous reproducible worksheets and Quick-Tip sections
  • Takes the "scare" and guesswork out of student-centered learning and research projects

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