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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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