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ISBN-13 9780133357837ISBN-10 013335783X
ISBN-10 0132907445ISBN-13 9780132907446
Author(s): Pam Allyn
Publisher: Pearson
Copyright year: © 2014 Pages: 304

About the Series:

Pam Allyn’s widely popular Core Ready Program gives educators a complete, dynamic, hands-on resource for navigating the Common Core Standards effectively, fluidly, and successfully. Using the information presented in the series, educators see how to take complex concepts related to the standards and turn them into practical, specific, everyday lessons. The books address the needs of all learners, including ELL and special needs diverse learners, and cover the uses of technology and new media.

Included in Core Ready Lesson Sets for Grades K-2: A Staircase to Standards Success for English Language Arts are:

The Journey to Meaning: Comprehension and Critique

The Shape of Story: Yesterday and Today

The Road to Knowledge: Information and Research

The Power to Persuade: Opinion and Argument

About this book:

The Shape of Story: Yesterday and Today is packed with powerful lesson sets–check-listed as to how they meet the standards–assessment rubrics, support for ELLs and diverse learners, and tips on making high tech variations for literacy instruction for grades K, 1, and 2. Shape of Story guides teachers and students through three rich, dynamic lesson sets which focus on high-quality texts from diverse genres in the primary grades to foster critical thinking skills and help students develop the ability to dive deeply into a written text or an image, and uncover character complexity, central themes, messages and meaning, and point of view. The lessons sets are:

Grade K–Tell Me a Story: Elements of Fiction

Grade 1–Could It Really Happen?: An Introduction to Fantasy

Grade 2–Once Upon a Time: A New Look at Fairy Tales

The lesson sets begin in K with an introduction to the elements of fiction and continue in the following grades to develop students’ understanding of the unique craft, structure, and terminology associated with fantasy and fairy tales. The developmental exposure lets students uncover the intricate ways an author conveys meaning to an audience and explore how these methods vary depending on purpose and genre. The result: as students build experience, comfort, and familiarity with the technicalities, tools, and elements of storytelling, they in turn become strong readers, writers, and speakers.

The lesson sets follow a staircase model for curriculum development–every lesson set in every grade level builds on the other–and each lesson is based on the author’s structured Warm Up, Teach, Try, Clarify framework that shows step-by-step how to make teaching points explicit and completely modeled for students.

The Shape of Story: Yesterday and Today helps develop students who approach reading with the experience that allows them to know what to expect in a variety of genres and apply appropriate strategies to each with purpose and flexibility.

With this book as a guide students:

  • Read closely to explore the elements of various types of contemporary and classical stories;

  • Discover new characters and settings.

  • Follow how plots develop and consider how it all comes together to suggest a theme or message.

  • Have opportunities to read closely, retell, draw, and dramatize stories.

  • Use literature from a variety of genres as models for their own writing.

  • Compose original stories through drawing and writing incorporating story elements and techniques of strong writers

  • Learn what it means to revise and edit and make critical choices about how to publish their work for others

  • Share their writing and thinking with others orally and in writing.