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Karen Biggs-Tucker is a teacher in St. Charles, IL where she has taught both second and fifth grade for 34 years. She feels that she learns the most from being in the classroom with students and takes what she learns with her students to other educators in a variety of other venues. When she is not working with her students at Wild Rose, she teaches both masters and doctoral students at Judson University. She has earned a master’s degree in reading from Northern IL University in 1992 and a doctorate in education from Loyola University in 1999. She was named the Reading Educator of the Year by the Illinois Reading Council in 2013 and received the Light of Literacy Award from Judson University in 2010.
She published her first book for teachers with co-author, Brian Tucker, entitledTransforming Literacy Teaching in the Era of Higher Standards (Grades 3-5). She has recently finished her second professional book with Maria Walther for Stenhouse Publishers titledThe Literacy Workshop: Where Reading and Writing Converge. She enjoys sharing her teaching ideas with educators at conferences at the local, state, and national level. She believes in lifelong learning through reading, writing, researching, and then sharing that learning with others—just like her own students do in literacy workshop.
The Literacy Workshop: Where Reading and Writing Converge is a first-of-its-kind resource that offers a practical process for creating an integrated literacy workshop using demonstration lessons that align with current curriculum standards. In this forward-thinking book, authors Maria Walther and Karen Biggs-Tucker share what they’ve learned over countless reading and writing workshops and combine into one literacy workshop.
The authors demonstrate how you can save valuable classroom time while still empowering students to uncover exciting connections in their learning – leading to stronger, more motivational readers and writers. By weaving the common threads of literacy learning together, you can increase the time your students spend engaged in authentic reading and writing.
Inside you’ll find the following:
A clear, succinct explanation of the literacy workshop structure, how to get started, and how to determine the best time to begin the merge
50+ demonstration lesson plans, appropriate for both primary and intermediate grade levels, that use strategies incorporating elements from recommended fiction and nonfiction anchor texts
Substantial, printable resources and online tools to help make this instructional shift as smooth as possible
From the big picture to small, helpful details, The Literacy Workshop will be your guide as you blur the lines between your reading and writing workshops – creating space for students to apply their learning and practice the habits, behaviors, and actions of literate and engaged citizens.
Mathematizing Children’s Literature
Sparking Connections, Joy, and Wonder Through Read-Alouds and Discussion