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Teacher, author, literacy consultant, and picture book enthusiast, Maria Walther taught first grade for 34 years. Maria partners with educators in their classrooms and inspires colleagues through engaging professional learning experiences. What educators appreciate most about Maria is her focus on joyful, realistic approaches toward classroom instruction. Maria earned a doctorate at Northern Illinois University and was named The Outstanding Literacy Alumni for professionalism, service, and career success.Maria has been a longtime advocate of reading aloud. She was honored asIllinois Reading Educator of the Yearand earned theICARE for Reading Awardfor fostering the love of reading in children. The award that Maria cherishes the most isThe Most Influential Educatorgiven to her by one of her former first-grade students who is now a colleague. Maria is a prolific professional writer. She strives to create practical resources for busy teachers. Her best-selling books,The Ramped-Up Read AloudandShake Up Shared Reading, promote kid-friendly read-aloud and shared reading experiences.The Literacy Workshop,co-authored with Karen Biggs-Tucker, supports educators in combining their reading and writing workshops.A Year for the Books, written with her daughter Katie, walks K-8 teachers through the routines and mindsets for creating a student-centered reading community. Learn more about her consulting work and find other resources atmariawalther.comor follow her on Instagram and Twitter @mariapwalther.
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.
A Year for the Books
With a focus on fostering a deep love for reading and prioritizing student growth, A Year for the Books: Routines and Mindsets for Creating Student-Centered Reading Communities is a must-have for educators from kindergarten through middle school. Discover a teacher-friendly resource crafted by Katie Walther, esteemed educator, and respected veteran teacher Maria Walther that will take you behind the scenes and through the school year as they share simple, practical strategies to design learner-centered literacy experiences.
Starting with the first few weeks of school, each chapter highlights multiple ways to embed literacy experiences across the entire year that prioritize learners and literacy. To support you in your decision making, the classroom-tested ideas in each chapter are arranged around five grounding principles:
Actionable strategies for launching and sustaining a vibrant reading culture
Clear processes to define and communicate community beliefs
Creative structures for establishing and maintaining reading routines
Innovative ideas for cultivating an inclusive reading community
Equitable techniques for partnering with families and caregivers
Within each chapter you will also find nuggets of wisdom from the Walthers' collective years of teaching, practical ideas about how to keep it simple, and several book suggestions. As an added bonus, this book features companion podcasts or PDCasts where you can hear the authors tackle authentic classroom dilemmas and share their decision-making process.
Whether you’re a novice or seasoned educator, you’ll want A Year for the Books by your side as you advocate for your student readers and promote independent reading in your classroom all year long.
Mathematizing Children’s Literature
Sparking Connections, Joy, and Wonder Through Read-Alouds and Discussion