Reading Without LimitsTeaching Strategies to Build Independent Reading for Life
Imagine a classroom where all students are engaged in highly rigorous and fun learning every single day. That classroom can be yours starting tomorrow. You don’t have to be a reading specialist to pick up this book. Anyone who wants to dramatically improve reading achievement will find helpful suggestions. You might be a third grade teacher whose students have mastered decoding, and you are ready to build their comprehension. Or you might be a high school science teacher whose students aren’t yet reading on level with deep critical thinking. This book is for you. It doesn’t matter whether you are a public, charter, private, or alternative education teacher: the Reading Without Limits program works in each one. Along with hundreds of ready-to-use teaching strategies, Reading Without Limits comes with a supplemental website where teachers can download even more resources for free! Reading Without Limits is the first book offered in the KIPP Educator Series. KIPP, or the Knowledge is Power Program, began in 1994. As of Fall 2012, there are 125 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving nearly 40,000 students climbing the mountain to and through college.
Foreword by Dave Levin ix Preface: Getting the Most out of This Book xiii Acknowledgments xxi About the Author xxiii Introduction: What Is Reading Without Limits? 1 PART 1 LAUNCHING LIFELONG READERS 1 Finding Students' Reading Levels 25 PART 2 STEPS TO CREATING LIFELONG READERS 2 Teaching Students to Understand What They Read 49 3 Choice Reading to Encourage a Ton of Reading 79 4 Shared Reading to Teach, Reinforce, and Challenge 116 5 Guided Reading to Move Students Along Their Continuum 145 PART 3 PUTTING THE POWER OF CHOICE, SHARED, AND GUIDED READING TO WORK IN YOUR CLASSROOM OR SCHOOL 6 Make It Visible 171 7 Muscle Memory Routines 185 8 What to Do When Choice, Shared, or Guided Reading Isn't Working 209 PART 4 STEPS TO ENHANCE LIFELONG READERS 9 Reading Conferences, Our Aha Moments 225 10 Teaching Vocabulary 248 11 Class Discussion 270 12 Standardized Tests 289 13 Testing 1, 2, 3 . . . Testing 306 PART 5 PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER 14 Planning a Lesson 329 15 Building the Reading Without Limits Program 344 Appendix A List of Children's and Young Adult Texts Referenced and Recommended 357 References 362 Notes 370 Index 380
Maddie Witter is a founding teacher of KIPP Infinity Charter School, one of the top-performing middle schools in New York City. At KIPP Infinity, Maddie taught literacy, and was the school's founding director of instruction where she supervised teacher development and curriculum for the reading, writing, content, and nonfiction studies programs.
This handy guide gives teachers, schools, and districts the support they need to help their students achieve dramatic academic gains and become lifelong readers. Reading Without Limits provides a unique structure based on choice, shared, and guided reading that rigorously prepares students for high-level literacy achievement. Students will be raised to the highest level of fervor, love of learning, stamina, and independent thinking. Written for real teachers (who work late hours grading tests, making bulletin boards, and coaching basketball games), this book keeps things practical. Teachers and school leaders can mix and match the tools presented in order to fit the individual needs of their students. The tools are written so that they can be implemented on Monday. Also included: Reading strategies that align with the Common Core State Standards Reading assessments Options for special needs students A chapter on how to integrate standardized testing Along with hundreds of ready-to-use teaching strategies, Reading Without Limits comes with a website where teachers can download even more resources for free! www.reading-without-limits.com Reading Without Limits is the first book offered in the KIPP Educator Series.KIPP, or the Knowledge Is Power Program, began in 1994. As of fall 2012, there are 125 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving nearly 40,000 students climbing the mountain to and through college. "This book isn't just a tool for you to help get kids to pass a test. Maddie Witter gives teachers and leaders the tools to create lasting change in kids' lives." —Wendy Kopp, Founder & CEO, Teach For America "Insightful, detailed, original; Reading Without Limits is an outstanding guide for educators." —Deborah Kenny, Ph.D., Founder & CEO, Harlem Village Academies
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