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Read Write Teach: Choice and Challenge in the Reading-Writing Workshop
Veteran teacher and author Linda Rief has inspired thousands of practitioners across the nation to lead adolescent students on a journey to becoming lifelong readers and writers. In ReadWriteTeach, Linda offers the what, how, and why of a year's worth of reading and writing for middle and high school students with a framework that is as flexible as it is comprehensive.
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Paperback, 258 pages
Published April 21st 2014 by Heinemann Educational Books
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Having just finished "Read Write Teach" I am inspired. Sure, I already utilize the workshop method of literacy instruction in the classroom and so I understand and agree with a lot of what Linda Rief was proposing and discussing. However, she brought up some new techniques regarding the implementation of choice and digging deep into a subject or topic. I now have a list of some things I want to try in my classroom come September. I do wish the book was better organized and less chaotic. Although ...more
This is a must-read for any secondary teacher who is trying to teach via a reading-writing workshop. I love Rief's candor about what works and doesn't work in her classroom. She's honest about the hard parts of teaching reading and writing. So many wonderful ideas in this book, easily applicable to high school even though she writes from the context of teaching 8th grade.
It just doesn't get much better than learning along with a master teacher like Linda Rief. Working in middle and high school this last year, I found this book to be invaluable. I use the ideas in elementary as well. GREAT resource for all reading/writing teachers
The emphasis in this book is on the need for choice in the reading-writing workshop. Ms. Rief is a veteran teacher who helps students explore choice in the workshop setting by asking important questions, such as: "What choices do we make as readers and writers?" and "What choices or lack of choices do you see in literature and in life?" Rief also places emphasis on risk-taking, the reader's- writer's notebook and meaningful assessment. Finally, Rief stated a truth that I, too, have professed on ...more
I really enjoyed reading this text. As I was reading it, I was trying to figure out how to take some of the concepts and tweak them for younger students. Linda Rief, teaches 8th grade language arts and most of the book discusses what she has done with her students over 30+ years of teaching. I also recently had the opportunity to meet her at the teacher tour in Portsmouth, NH. She presented a workshop on using quickwrites with students. This was one concept I could see using with younger student ...more
Thank you, Linda Rief, for your honesty, integrity, passion, creativity, and heart. Your book inspired me and gave me many practical ideas as I start using the Reading & Writing Workshop model at my school. Rief does a fabulous job of sharing her teaching and her students' writing in this book (which make great examples to share with students. The personal narrative "Diagnosis" is an excellent mentor text). I haven't checked out the website, but there are tons of website resources that accom ...more
Well written account of readers and writers workshop ideas and procedures. Grounded in research and the author's beliefs, this book gives many practical ideas for the readers/writers workshop. The ideas come from an upper middle school classroom, but almost all can be adapted for any age. The book has a link to the Heinemann website to download resources and see a variety of classroom examples.
I love Linda Rief's clear, specific style of writing as well as her practical ideas for a middle school Reading/Writing Workshop. She helped me rethink how to teach a middle school workshop, staying true to my goals and philosophy, but also managing limited time to teach reading, writing, responding to literature, read aloud, and a real life-long love of literature. Thank you, thank you!
Linda Rief is an inspiration! This book was delightful to read and the margins are full of ideas I have to apply these ideas to my own classroom. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to employ a workshop style program.
Really fantastic. There is so much I can use in my own teaching. Linda's work affirms my own thoughts about teaching practices and this book really makes me look forward to the beginning of school. Until then, I'd better keep up with my own reader's notebook!
I read this book as part of a book study group for teachers. I found it engaging and helpful and wish that I had discovered it earlier in my career. It's well-written, filled with strategies and models for use in the classroom, and I plan to incorporate a number of ideas in the new school year.