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Whole Novels for the Whole Class, Grades 5-12: A Student-Centered Approach

Whole Novels for the Whole Class Grades A Student Centered Approach Work with students at all levels to help them read novels Whole Novels is a practical field tested guide to implementing a student centered literature program that promotes critical thinking and lite

  • Title: Whole Novels for the Whole Class, Grades 5-12: A Student-Centered Approach
  • Author: Ariel Sacks
  • ISBN: 9781118526507
  • Page: 343
  • Format: Paperback
  • Work with students at all levels to help them read novels Whole Novels is a practical, field tested guide to implementing a student centered literature program that promotes critical thinking and literary understanding through the study of novels with middle school students Rather than using novels simply to teach basic literacy skills and comprehension strategies, WholWork with students at all levels to help them read novels Whole Novels is a practical, field tested guide to implementing a student centered literature program that promotes critical thinking and literary understanding through the study of novels with middle school students Rather than using novels simply to teach basic literacy skills and comprehension strategies, Whole Novels approaches literature as art The book is fully aligned with the Common Core ELA Standards and offers tips for implementing whole novels in various contexts, including suggestions for teachers interested in trying out small steps in their classrooms first.Includes a powerful method for teaching literature, writing, and critical thinking to middle school studentsShows how to use the Whole Novels approach in conjunction with other programs Includes video clips of the author using the techniques in her own classroomThis resource will help teachers work with students of varying abilities in reading whole novels.

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    1. When teachers complain about professional development books, it’s usually the theory-to-practicality ratio they bring up. This isn’t in any math textbooks, but it represents the amount of pretty-to-think-so talk — including abundant references to research and studies — over the amount of practical, ready-to-hit-the-road ideas that can be rolled out in the classroom tomorrow, if not sooner.PD books by consultants and administrators tend to be theory-heavy. Those by working teachers like W [...]


    2. Ariel Sacks and her approach to teaching reading and literature is inspiring and resonates with those of us who struggle to find the balance of "teaching" literature and having our students have authentic reading experiences of their own. With much of the ELA curriculum moving towards canned, inauthentic reading of excerpts, we are moving closer and closer to killing the love of reading in our students. Sacks' approach is to have students read and experience the whole novel primarily on their ow [...]


    3. This book taught such a simple concept, that I recently realized I haven't been taught anywhere else: how to teach a whole class novel and support the individual needs of a diverse classroom. Sacks writing is informational, data backed, filled with usable lessons and materials, while always being hopeful and kind. I know that I will be using her methods in my own classroom and I look forward to sharing this text with my peers.


    4. I really enjoyed reading this professional text and feel like it could have an amazing impact on a secondary ELA classroom if students and teachers stick with it. I recommend also reading Katie Doherty Czerwinski's Join the Club, which I used with success last year. I plan to structure my English 9 class for 8th graders using both models.


    5. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Whole Novels for the Whole Classroom. It's been awhile where I've read a professional book and felt like I've learned something new that I actually want to try it out in my own teaching. I haven't been a fan of whole novels in classrooms where every student is reading the same chapter at the same time. Ariel Sacks proposes great methods in her book to allow sharing of the same literature across the classroom without holding any students back or making them feel left [...]


    6. Fantastic. I devoured it and endured ridicule from friends and family for talking about it incessantly. A small, but significant difference in approach to teaching whole-class novels that I think will work for my students. If you teach English, get it and read it. There are some especially useful sections for newer teachers (0-5 years experience?) that I skimmed, but that would be invaluable to those at that stage.


    7. Much needed in MS ELA!Ariel Sacks shares a great approach to reading class-wide novels in the middle school. Would you like to start watching a movie - just to have someone stop it in the middle and ask questions about it? The same goes for novels. They were meant to be read as a whole. This book details exactly how to do this - with lessons you can start with right away!


    8. This book will occupy space on my PD bookshelf next to my books by Penny Kittle, Donalyn Miller, Kelly Gallagher, and Jim Burke. It will occupy space in my heart and head as one that continues to inform and transform my teaching. It is helping me move my teaching and my thinking to the next level.


    9. The kind of book only a reflective practioner could write. Her research is top-notch, and except for the tiny classes (25) and huge classroom, her ideas are more than doable in another teacher's classroom.


    10. A fabulous resource for any Language Arts teacher! Well written with very progressive ideas, Ms. Sacks has developed an approach to teaching novels that just makes sense. I am excited to have found this book before my first year of teaching.


    11. I'd give this book 6/5 if I could. I went back to it over and over during the 3rd quarter. Sacks' ideas never seemed stale and were never stuffy and arrogant. Whole Novels for the Whole Class may very well be the best 'teaching' book I've ever read - useful from cover to cover, no filler at all!


    12. One of, if not THE best educational book I've read. Based on the readings of great literacy writers, it takes the philosophy, and puts it into practical, tangible classroom applications. This books has totally transformed how I teach novels. A must have for any ELA teacher.


    13. Sacks offers practical ideas for successfully teaching a teacher-selected, whole-class novel in the middle school classroom. But I'm still a skeptic of sticky notes


    14. This was a really good pick up for me. Teaching novels is really hard. You have to have copies of them to give to students, or try to have them buy or borrow their own. You have to communicate reading expectations, have structured assignments to encourage students to read and also hold them accountable, without punishing them or discouraging is the reading is difficult for them. Then you have to plan activities in class that also create opportunities for learning. The hardest thing about teachin [...]


    15. A compelling rationale for waiting until the end of a class text to do the grunt work of discussion and analysis instead of splitting it up with daily chapter talks. I'm not sure I agree with the emphasis on post-it notes while reading (even independent) books, but I like the explicit teaching of ways to codify thoughts, reactions, and questions based on a text. Definitely food for thought.


    16. I couldn't sleep last night so I got up and read this book. It gave me lots of great ideas and I started making (imaginary? or potential? depends how you look at it) plans for how I'll change my curriculum next year, if I'm at the same grade level and content area anyway.


    17. The Whole Novels approach prioritizes reading novels as entire works of literature - as a whole piece of art - before delving into discussion with students. In this way, students' reading experiences are respected and protected. Sacks shares her approach, step by step, in how to support students during their reading with a manageable note-taking protocol that pushes readers to become more active, engaged readers, followed by a discussion protocol that in constructivist in nature, building on wha [...]



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