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Big Book of Literacy Tasks, Grades K-8: 75 Balanced Literacy Activities Students Do (Not You!)

by Nancy L Akhavan Corwin Press
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The Comprehensive Handbook for Scaffolding Students’ Literacy Growth

Our readers and writers must “do the doing” if they are to succeed. In The Big Book of Literacy Tasks, Nancy Akhavan offers an instructional plan designed to yield independent effort and engagement. 75 tasks in beautiful full-color two-pagers ensure gradual release by moving more swiftly from the “I do” teacher phase to the “you do” student phase. 

Complete with amazing scaffolding tips for meeting the needs of a range of learners, The Big Book of Literacy Tasks gives you a clear framework for “working the minds” of your students, helping them forge their own path to becoming better readers and writers.

Section One: Everyday Tasks for Reading, Writing, and Thinking
1. A New Spin on Who, What, Why, When and Where
2. Making Predictions to Help Comprehension
3. Journal Writing After Reading
4. Make a Connection to the World when Reading a Text Independently
5. Quoting an Important Idea in a Nonfiction Text.
6. Name Character Motives and Actions
7. Name Rising Plot
8. Name Plot Resolution
9. Tell the Text
10. Dig Deeper Into the Text
11. Guided Comprehension Talks
12. Elaborate and Clarify Meaning
13. Setting Routines for Independent Reading
14. Fixing Up When Attention Wanders
15. Communicating Your Heads-Up Ball Approach
16. Answering a Text-Dependent Question
17. Tell why (you think, believe, remember, know) with Why Messages
18. Make a Bold Statement about a Text.
19. Extend thinking When Discussing a Text
20. One liners for nonfiction texts
21. Crystal ball predictions
22. YesterdayGÇÖs news
23. Annotate text
24. Sentence strip statements
25. Write questions about reading
26. Super Cool Three Steps to Describe an Experience
27. Getting Kids to Write: Wonderfully Concentrating Minds Generating Ideas
28. Sketch to Write
29. Getting Help from Another Writer: Write dialogue in narratives and quotes in reports
30. Getting Help from Another Writer: Write a Hook
31. The Right Amount of Details, The Right Amount of Clarity
32. Thinking Small to Write Well
33. Writing a jot about what was read
34. Works too long, and never gets any writing done
35. Dialogue Journals
Section Two: Weekly Tasks for Reading, Writing and Thinking
36. Analyze a Text for AuthorGÇÖs Purpose With a Text That is a Little Too Hard For Students to Read on Their Own
37. Create a Structured Outline of a Text
38. Collecting Research and Organizing Research Notes for Writing
39. Plot Summary Snapshots
40. Writing Information in a New Format
41. Stay on point in writing
42. Productive Use of the AuthorGÇÖs Chair
43. Write a Short Research Report
44. Write an All About Text
45. Your Students Have Voice- Writing an Opinion Text
46. Arguing the solution to a problematic situation
47. Writing the Recipe for Success GÇô How-to Texts
48. Writing Explanations, Be like an Encyclopedia
49. Inquiry for Smart Minds
50. Responding to Literature with Some Kick to It
Section Three: Sometime Tasks for Reading, Writing, and
51. Identify Theme in a Complex Text
52. Posing Questions for Easier Inquiry
53. Writing a Fable or Myth
54. Writing a Fairy Tale
55. Justifying an Answer With a Claim and Evidence
56. Use Known Concepts to Help Others Learn New Information
57. Connect the dots, or ideas between texts
58. Identifying real facts from made up facts GÇô fallacious reasoning
59. Brainstorming multiple valid answers/responses
60. Concept Mapping Between Big Ideas
61. Make Me Ponder GÇô Questions that Get the Thinking Juices Flowing
62. Writing Compare and Contrast Response to Literature
63. Peer to Peer Analysis and Response
64. Critique a complex or functional text.
65. Visible and Visual: Use Known Concepts & Vocabulary to Understand a Text
66. Summarize a text that is a little too hard for students to read on their own
67. Student think alouds
68. Separate central idea from big ideas
69. Writing in Different Genres or Multimedia to Engage and Persuad
70. Creative Debate
71. I Am a Reader
72. I Am a Writer
73. Look Up
74. Good bye, Perfect Teacher
75. Teacher and Learner

Nancy Akhavan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Fresno State. She has held numerous positions as teacher, principal, and district office leader.  She has lead literacy programs for schools K-12. She currently consults with teachers, as well as school and district leaders to implement effective reading and writing instruction to close the achievement gap and increase reading achievement for all students. Nancy is the author of numerous professional books, including The Nonfiction Now Lesson Bank (Corwin Literacy, 2015)