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Linking K-2 Literacy and the Common Core: Mini-Lessons that Work!
Linking K-2 Literacy and the Common Core: Mini-Lessons that Work!
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Capstone Professional

Linking K-2 Literacy and the Common Core: Mini-Lessons that Work!

The skills and strategies students practice to become proficient writers also nudge them closer to becoming proficient readers, so how can K-2 teachers connect reading and writing instruction in meaningful ways that allow students to go deeper in their thinking? This revised second edition provides tips, tools, and mini-lessons for integrating reading, writing, and speaking and listening. Each operational, print awareness, craft, and foundational writing mini-lesson identifies the connecting point to reading and speaking and listening with Target Skills® that can and should be revisited and reinforced during your reading block—and any content area.

Interest LevelGrades K-2
BrandCapstone Professional
Page Dimensions8 1/2" x 11"
Page Count224
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Library Media Connection - Holly Weimar, Assoc. Professor, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX

"Unique to this edition is the inclusion of an overview of the Common Core State Standards and the correlation of the mini-lessons to the standards. . . .The book encourages teaching reading and writing together and talking about the discoveries and connections that can be made during the process. . . .For teachers who are looking for literacy support in the K-2 classroom, this book is worth considering. Recommended." - Library Media Connection

November 1, 2014

Teacher Librarian, "Resources for the Teacher Librarian" - Betty Marcoux

"The material in this book has been updated to reflect the Common Core standards and to align its content with them. There is good information here for both standard aligning and simply practicing good habits with early learners. The book is a series of mini-lessons that can be taught to early learners in a variety of settings. They speak to connecting what is being read to what can be interpreted from reading/listening to what is happening in the text. There are references to being able to teach “smarter” with what face time is allowed." - Teacher Librarian, "Resources for the Teacher Librarian"

April 1, 2014

Connie Campbell Dierking

Connie Campbell Dierking

Connie Dierking holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in special education, both from Kansas State University. During the past 32 years, Connie Dierking has experienced the joys of teaching kindergarten, second grade, third grade, and exceptional education students. She has experience as a reading/writing demonstration teacher, reading coach, and writing staff developer. She also provided guidance for literacy teachers throughout the southwest region of Florida as a Reading Coordinator. She currently writes literacy curriculum and is an instructional staff developer for Pinellas County Schools in Florida. She is the author of several books written for literacy teachers to assist with the teaching of writing and reading in the primary grades, including Linking K-2 Literacy and the Common Core: Mini-Lessons that Work, and co-author of Growing Up Writing: Mini-Lessons for Emergent and Beginning Writers. She conducts professional development in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening throughout the country.

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