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The Core Ready Series
The Core Ready Series is a dynamic series of books providing educators with critical tools for navigating the Common Core Standards effectively and successfully. In the pages of these books, readers see how to take large complex concepts of the standards and turn them into practical, specific everyday instruction. The series is organized around the author’s Four Doors to Core Ready:
The Journey to Meaning: Comprehension and Critique, The Shape of Story: Yesterday and Today, The Road to Knowledge: Information and Research, and The Power to Persuade: Opinion and Argument. The Core Ready Series provides educators with invaluable help for preparing for the Common Core Standards, empowering literacy instruction, and creating a systematic vision for school or district literacy that everyone can understand. It helps teachers fill the implementation gap as it relates to articulation and prior learning, support diverse and struggling learners, teach reading and writing skills across content areas, move from literature rich instruction to a different balance of fiction and nonfiction, and integrate new learning standards in time to be measured by new state assessments.

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Be Core Ready: Powerful, Effective Steps to Implementing and Achieving the Common Core State Standards
Be Core Ready: Powerful, Effective Steps to Implementing and Achieving the Common Core State Standardsis a transformational book for teachers, administrative leaders, literacy coaches, ELL specialists, special educators, media specialists, reading teachers, content area teachers, and families. In a teacher-friendly, conversational style, this book, provides a clear understanding of the most compelling topics emerging from the Common Core State Standards and introduces the groundbreaking 4 Doors to Core Ready approach to solving the questions of what to teach and how to teach it in this new era. The book addresses curriculum, close reading, text complexity, care for ELL and special needs students, meaningful assessment, and the active and meaningful use of technology and literature to help all students meet and exceed the standards.

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Your Child’s Writing Life: How to Inspire
Confidence, Creativity, and Skill at Every Age

An illuminating, first-of-its-kind resource to help parents foster a love of writing in their child’s life. New educational research reveals that writing is as fundamental to a child’s development as reading. But though there are books that promote literacy, no book guides parents in helping their child cultivate a love of writing. In this book, Pam Allyn, a nationally recognized educator and literacy expert, reminds us that writing is not only a key skill but also an essential part of self-discovery and critical to success later in life. Allyn offers the the five keys” to help kids W.R.I.T.E. – Word Power, Ritual, Independence, Time, and Environment – along with fun, imaginative prompts to inspire and empower children to put their thoughts on the page. A groundbreaking blueprint for developing every child’s abilities, Your Child’s Writing Life teaches parents how to give a gift that will last a lifetime.

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Pam Allyn’s Best Books for Boys
Get all boys reading with this extraordinary guide—chock-full of a wide range of must-read titles organized by interest, age, and development. With this resource in hand, you’ll never again struggle to find the right book for even your most reluctant readers. The carefully chosen book selections are accompanied by brief explanations of each book, and a recurring feature, Talk About It, will help you extend the book through conversation, supporting and enhancing the reading experience. In addition, ready-to-use lessons align with themes and topics of special interest to boys that will motivate and inspire them to read more. Finally, Pam answers your most pressing questions about the challenges for boys as readers and shows you how you can maximize environments, routines, and structures to ensure that boys are reading widely and passionately.

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The Great Eight: Management Strategies for the
Reading and Writing Classroom

The Great EightMaximize your classroom productivity with management techniques that enhance student learning and achievement. Full-color photographs from veteran teachers Pam Allyn, Jaime Margolies, and Karen McNally showcase eight easy-to-implement management strategies and dozens of innovative, practical ideas, each accompanied by the authors’ explicit, easy-to-follow instructions. From arranging furniture and creating kid-friendly storage space to designing flexible teaching areas and planning schedules, the authors show teachers how to create a highly productive classroom environment. They also describe classroom-tested routines for reading and writing instruction—whole class, small group, and independent practice—including the read-aloud, spelling and word work, and across-the-curriculum integration. Their beautiful photographs and practical solutions to everyday challenges will inform and inspire all year long!

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What to Read When: The Books and Stories to Read
with Your Child—And All the Best Times to Read Them
What to Read WhenThere is a book for every moment: the first day of school or the day your family moves, an eagerly awaited holiday or a rainy afternoon when it seems there’s nothing to do. In What to Read When, Pam reveals wonderful, field-tested books for every age and every moment. With years of experience in education, Pam argues a compelling case for reading aloud. She advises parents and caregivers on how to harness the elemental power of storytelling. Reading aloud can do so many things for a child: it can ease big transitions, nurture budding talents and passions, make chores more bearable, bring laughs after a hard day, inspire family rituals, and, of course, soothe a tired newborn to sleep. The book is full of practical advice you’ll be excited to apply as soon as possible. Along with book titles and descriptions, What to Read When answers parents’ questions about reading. Allyn equips parents and caregivers with tools to tackle issues such as ideal level of difficulty, attention span concerns, lack of interest, and gender differences. Developmental insight gleaned from Allyn’s years of education experience will reassure and guide parents. What to Read When shows how to best invite your child into the wonderful world of literature. Check out What to Read When‘s bibliography.

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The Complete 4 for Literacy: How to Teach Reading and Writing Through Daily Lessons, Monthly Units, and Yearlong Calendars
The Complete 4The Complete 4 categorizes the teaching of reading and writing into the four areas of process, genre, strategy and conventions. Using these four key areas, The Complete 4 creates a concrete, applicable model for an enjoyable and effective year of teaching. Allyn weaves a yearlong structure she calls a “flexible framework”: The Complete 4 provides a structure for your teaching, while also freeing you to fill that structure with the teaching that feels most right and most natural to you. The Complete 4 for Literacy helps you create grade-specific curriculum, including daily lessons, monthly units, and yearlong study. Pam offers practical support, examples from real world teaching scenarios, and planning templates. A 32-page full-color insert demonstrates the continuum of learning in reading and writing with a year’s calendar of month-by-month topics at each grade level K through 5.

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The Complete Year in Reading and Writing Grade K
Complete Year in Reading and Writing: Grades K-5In The Complete Year in Reading and Writing: Kindergarten Pam Allyn and Karen McNally provide a detailed curriculum uniquely designed to launch your kindergarteners on exciting exploration of the world of print. Focusing on four essentials of reading and writing – process, genre, strategy and conventions – the authors give you an entire year of reading and writing units, complete with daily lessons, templates and anchor texts that are fully aligned with the standards. Here is a small sampling of what this book can help your students do:- Become aware of different genres and the many purposes for writing
- Retell stories effectively
- Build reading fluency
- Explore interests through writing
- Become comfortable with conventions of print and begin to use them with confidence and enthusiasm

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The Complete Year in Reading and Writing Grade 1
Complete Year in Reading and Writing: Grade 1In The Complete Year in Reading and Writing: Grade 1, Pam Allyn and Jaime Margolies provide a detailed curriculum uniquely designed for first graders as they embark on a journey to become independent readers and writers. Focusing on four essentials of reading and writing – process, genre, strategy, and conventions – the authors give you an entire year of reading writing units, complete with daily lessons, templates, and anchor texts that are fully aligned with the standards.- Learn to generate writing ideas using four foolproof prompts
- Understand writing conventions, such as upper- and lowercase letters and ending punctuation
- Develop expression when reading in order to increase comprehension
- Build revision strategies to improve their writing

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The Complete Year in Reading and Writing Grade 2
Complete Year in Reading and Writing: Grade 2In The Complete Year in Reading and Writing: Grade 2, Pam Allyn and Patty Vitale-Reilly provide a detailed curriculum uniquely designed for second graders and their growing command of literacy Focusing on four essentials of reading and writing – process, genre, strategy, and conventions – the authors give an entire year of reading and writing units, complete with daily lessons, templates, and anchor texts that are fully aligned with the standards. Here is a small sampling of what second graders will accomplish:- Develop word-solving strategies as they encounter new and more challenging texts
- Make use of strategies such as chunking and clapping out syllables to spell words as they write
- Practice self-monitoring strategies when reading to maintain comprehension
- Build fluency through punctuation and paragraphing
- Write a well-developed story that includes the basic story elements

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The Complete Year in Reading and Writing Grade 3
Complete Year in Reading and Writing: Grade 3In The Complete Year in Reading and Writing: Grade 3, Pam Allyn and Abi Gotthelf provide a detailed curriculum uniquely designed for the third-grade year, poised between the primary and upper grades. Focusing on four essentials of reading and writing – process, genre, strategy, and conventions – the authors give an entire year of reading and writing units, complete with daily lessons, templates, and anchor texts that are fully aligned with the standards Here is a sampling of what third graders will accomplish:- Become wise decision makers as they learn to make independent book choices and select writing topics
- Participate in collaborative reading and writing “clubs” to build community, engage in thoughtful dialogue, and strengthen comprehension and writing skills
- Increase their understanding of punctuation and parts of speech and how writers use these elements to shape their message
- Access information in nonfiction texts and develop research skills
- Build cross-genre reading skills, which will prepare them for tests

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The Complete Year in Reading and Writing Grade 4
Complete Year in Reading and Writing: Grade 4In The Complete Year in Reading and Writing: Grade 4, Pam Allyn and Laurie Pastore provide a detailed curriculum uniquely designed for fourth graders and their expanding literacy. Focusing on four essentials of reading writing – process, genre, strategy, and conventions – the authors give an entire year of reading and writing units, complete with daily lessons, templates, and anchor text that are fully aligned with the standards. Here is a small sampling of what fourth graders will accomplish:- Apply their knowledge of parts of speech to real-world reading
- Use nonfiction text features and graphic aids to clarify and illustrate a piece of their own writing
- Craft opinion-based writing in the writing notebooks
- Engage in a close study of a fictional genre
- Prepare for standardized tests by practicing key performance strategies

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The Complete Year in Reading and Writing Grade 5
Complete Year in Reading and Writing: Grade 5In The Complete Year in Reading and Writing: Grade 5, Pam Allyn and Laurie Pastore provide detailed curriculum uniquely designed to give fifth graders the skills they need to succeed. Focusing on four essentials of reading and writing – process, genre, strategy, and conventions – the authors give an entire year of reading and writing units, complete with daily lessons, templates, and anchor texts that are fully aligned with the standards. Here is a small sampling of what fifth graders will accomplish:- Discover the world of historical fiction picture books
- Participate in reading partnerships and writing clubs
- Build and defend their own opinions through research and editorial writing
- Experiment with sentence structure and pausing punctuation
- Use evidence form primary-source documents in their written essays

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