Reading without Limits: Teaching Strategies to Build Independent Reading for Life

Author(s): Maddie Witter


Imagine a classroom where all students are engaged in highly rigorous and fun learning every single day. That classroom can be yours starting tomorrow. You don't have to be a reading specialist to pick up this book. Anyone who wants to dramatically improve reading achievement will find helpful suggestions. You might be a third grade teacher whose students have mastered decoding, and you are ready to build their comprehension. Or you might be a high school science teacher whose students aren't yet reading on level with deep critical thinking. This book is for you. It doesn't matter whether you are a public, charter, private, or alternative education teacher: the Reading Without Limits program works in each one. Along with hundreds of ready-to-use teaching strategies, Reading Without Limits comes with a supplemental website where teachers can download even more resources for free! Reading Without Limits is the first book offered in the KIPP Educator Series. KIPP, or the Knowledge is Power Program, began in 1994. As of Fall 2012, there are 125 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving nearly 40,000 students climbing the mountain to and through college.


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Maddie Witter is a founding teacher of KIPP Infinity Charter School, one of the top-performing middle schools in New York City. At KIPP Infinity, Maddie taught literacy, and was the school's founding director of instruction where she supervised teacher development and curriculum for the reading, writing, content, and nonfiction studies programs.

List of Figures Foreword Preface: Getting the Most out of This Book Acknowledgments About the Author Introduction: What Is Reading Without Limits? PART 1 Launching Lifelong Readers 1 Finding Students? Reading Levels PART 2 Steps to Creating Lifelong Readers 2 Teaching Students to Understand What They Read 3 Choice Reading to Encourage a Ton of Reading 4 Shared Reading to Teach, Reinforce, and Challenge 5 Guided Reading to Move Students Along Their Continuum PART 3 Putting the Power of Choice, Guided, and Shared Reading to Work in Your Classroom or School 6 Make It Visible 7 Muscle Memory Routines 8 What to Do When Choice, Shared, or Guided Reading Isn?t Working PART 4 Steps to Enhance Lifelong Readers 9 Reading Conferences, Our Aha Moments 10 Teaching Vocabulary 11 Class Discussion 12 Standardized Tests 13 Testing 1, 2, 3.y.y. Testing PART 5 Putting It All Together 14 Planning a Lesson 15 Building the Reading Without Limits Program PART 6 Reading Without Limits Resources Resource A What to Do Before a Read-Aloud or Close Reading to Build Prior Knowledge Resource B Hook Your Kids into Your Lesson Resource C Alternative to a Think-Aloud: Using Famous Paintings Resource D Different Ways to Check for Understanding Resource E Sample Do-Now Resource F The Nonfiction Studies Program Resource G List of Children?s and Young Adult Texts Referenced and Recommended Resource H Reproducibles Resource I Data Tracking Templates References Further Reading Notes

General Fields

  • : 9781118472156
  • : John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
  • : John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
  • : 0.655
  • : December 2012
  • : 237mm X 175mm
  • : United States
  • : March 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 416
  • : Paperback
  • : Maddie Witter