Friends: I apologize for the delay in posting. Hurricane Sandy hit my town (Belmar, NJ) pretty hard: at least one 30-foot wave flooded the north half of town, and most of the boardwalk was torn up and swept down our streets. But I must say we have a terrific mayor and great community spirit, and things are looking up as we continue to recover and rebuild.
In the meantime, I have some good news: my new book is out! If you’re looking for an excellent, easy-to-purchase holiday gift (no need to get up early or wait in any lines!), please check it out. PS, it comes with a free 30-day trial subscription to The Literacy Cookbook Website, plus a 50% off discount subscription.
Here’s what you’ll find on the back cover:
The Literacy Cookbook offers all teachers (not just English teachers) classroom-tested techniques for enhancing literacy instruction. The book includes dozens of practical tools and directions—recipes, if you will—for how to teach reading, writing, speaking, and listening to even the most hard-to-reach students. The materials in this book (including a companion Website) are aligned with the English Language Arts Common Core Standards and will definitely give your students an edge on their path to college.
Written by literacy expert Sarah Tantillo, the book begins by exploring the comprehension process and the importance of background knowledge, and by outlining the four key reading skills. Next, Tantillo identifies the characteristics of different types of readers and explains the methods to use when teaching students to read strategically. The section on writing describes what students struggle with most and offers practical techniques for overcoming these challenges. The book also includes great suggestions for training students to listen and speak more effectively. To supplement the book, terrific resources are ready to download on the companion Website, http://www.literacycookbook.com.
The Literacy Cookbook gives detailed guidance on how to help students succeed at fundamental tasks such as persuasive writing, research papers, and test preparation.
Praise for The Literacy Cookbook
“All educators teach reading and writing, whether they realize it or not, and more broadly, the most important job of our schools is to instill in students outstanding literacy skills. Sarah Tantillo’s The Literacy Cookbook is an essential resource to help you achieve excellence in this critical area of teaching.”—Doug Lemov, author of Teach Like a Champion, Teach Like a Champion Field Guide, and Practice Perfect
“Sarah Tantillo culls together numerous ideas from noted literacy experts and adds her own twist, giving readers easy-to-implement tips and tricks that make teaching the big stuff more manageable. Her humor and strong voice make The Literacy Cookbook seem more like ‘beach’ reading than ‘work’ reading. After all, who doesn’t want to be entertained while getting smarter at the same time?”
—Cris Tovani, author of I Read It, but I Don’t Get It and Do I Really Have to Teach Reading?