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Total Literacy Techniques: Tools to Help Students Analyze Literature and Informational Texts


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This book provides 3rd through 12th grade teachers with more than 50 teacher-tested tools and techniques for helping their students read independently and critically.

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Tools for Developing Academic Language

Tools for Students' Uses of Higher-Order Thinking While Reading

About the authors

Pérsida Himmele is an associate professor at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. She has served as an elementary and middle school teacher, a district administrator, an English language learner program consultant, and a public speaker on issues related to student engagement and teaching in diverse classrooms.

She has lived, taught, and studied in New York, California, and Pennsylvania, becoming actively involved in advocating for the passage of educational policies and funding formulas for the betterment of urban schools and English language learners.

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Keely Potter is a National Board Certified Teacher who currently teaches Language Arts to 5th through 8th graders at Dodson Branch School in Jackson County, Tennessee. Half of her time is spent in the role of "Master Teacher," which allows her to work with teachers in an instructional coach setting. Prior to teaching in her current rural district, Keely was a teacher, a literacy coach, and a reading specialist. She has also served as a professional developer and as a literacy consultant—which she continues to do. Most of her 21 years of teaching experiences have been in an urban setting, where we observed her weaving the same literary magic that she now currently performs in a rural setting. She was a contributor to Pérsida and Bill's previous ASCD book Total Participation Techniques: Making Every Student an Active Learner and served as a major contributor and as an instrumental consultant on this project. As such, her "stamp" can be felt throughout this book and we are so thankful for that. Her passions lie in supporting a culture of inquiry in teachers' learning communities and in encouraging all students to see themselves as lifelong writers, who lose themselves and find themselves in the act of writing. Keely would be happy to hear from you and can be reached at keelypotter@me.com

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