From the authors you know and trust...
Lucy Calkins
Stephanie Harvey
Anne Goudvis

Linda Hoyt
Anthony Stead

Laura Robb
Carl Anderson
June Mark
E. Paul Goldenberg
Mary Fries
Jane M. Kang
Tracy Cordner

Nancie Atwell
Jim Burke
Catherine Twomey Fosnot
Georgia Heard
Lester Laminack

Carol Jago
Gretchen Owocki
Gay Su Pinnell
Irene C. Fountas

JoAnn Portalupi
Ralph Fletcher

Sandra Wilde

From our authors' classrooms to yours, we are proud to present firsthand...materials from those voices you know, trust, and depend on to guide you toward successful, fulfilling teaching and learning. The same personality and voice that infuse their professional books enrich their firsthand materials.

firsthand classroom resources expand on the ideas and methods our authors lay out in their professional books, modeling the actual teaching moves and language from "firsthand" experience in real classrooms. They are "ready-to-use" resources written to support the teacher in his or her daily instruction, written and taught by respected, practicing, visionary master teachers/authors.

Units of Study Lucy Calkins & Colleagues from the
Teachers College Reading and Writing Project
Units of Study

"At the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, we have been working for three decades to develop, pilot, revise, and implement state-of-the-art curriculum in writing. This series—this treasure chest of experiences,theories, techniques, tried-and-true methods, and questions—will bring the results of that work to you."
—Lucy Calkins

Comprehension Toolkit Stephanie Harvey & Anne Goudvis
Comprehension Toolkit

"We teach the reader, not just the reading. We want children to be lifelong learners who read actively and independently across the curriculum, who engage their minds and understand what they read. The Toolkit lessons and practices teach kids to use comprehension strategies to 'read to learn' as they encounter information and ideas in a wide variety of nonfiction texts."
—Stephanie Harvey & Anne Goudvis

Explorations in Nonfiction Writing Linda Hoyt & Anthony Stead
Explorations in Nonfiction Writing

While exploring a range of real-world nonfiction texts, this new writing series will support you as you guide your students to work collaboratively as researchers and develop their skills as writers. In addition to learning how to access, interpret, and publish informational texts, your students will also consider ways to activate their voice and make their nonfiction writing clearer, more authoritative, and better organized.

Interactive Read-Alouds Linda Hoyt
Interactive Read-Alouds

Read-aloud time is much treasured in elementary and middle school classrooms as teachers share their favorite children's classics with their young readers. Linda Hoyt's Interactive Read-Alouds will help you make the most of this time by showing you creative ways to use popular children's literature to teach specific standards and build fluency and comprehension.

Smart Writing Handbook Laura Robb
Smart Writing

Laura Robb's Smart Writing offers practical writing units that are uncommonly attuned to middle school writers' social and developmental needs.

"Having powerful reasons to write and a teacher who motivates—a teacher who's tuned into the emotional and academic needs of young adolescents—is a tough order. But it can be done and it makes all of the difference to middle school writers."
—Laura Robb

Strategic Writing Conferences Carl Anderson
Strategic Writing Conferences

Although conferences appear to be informal conversations, they are in fact highly principled teaching interactions designed to move writers along learning pathways. Used strategically, conferences can be powerful interventions that address individual writing needs. Carl Anderson’s Strategic Writing Conferences is a curriculum resource and diagnostic guide for writing teachers looking to use conferences to move young writers another step forward. These conferences will enhance your current writing curriculum and help you confer with greater purpose and clarity.

Transition to Algebra June Mark, E. Paul Goldenberg, Mary Fries, Jane M. Kang, & Tracy Cordner
Transition to Algebra

Designed by EDC (Education Development Center, Inc.), an international non-profit research and development organization with extensive mathematics curriculum experience, and funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, Transition to Algebra (TTA) uses algebraic logic puzzles and explorations to help students shift their ways of thinking from the concrete procedures of arithmetic to the abstract reasoning that success with algebra requires.

Lessons That Change Writers Nancie Atwell
Lessons That Change Writers

In Lessons That Change Writers, Nancie has narrowed and deepened her conversation with teachers, to focus on the minilesson as a vehicle for helping students improve their writing. She shares over a hundred of these writing lessons which are described by her students as "the best of the best."

50 Essential Lessons Jim Burke
50 Essential Lessons

How do you teach the cognitive and personal skills students need for success in school and the world beyond? That was the question, Jim Burke regularly asked himself as he crafted lessons to meet the varied needs of his students at Burlingame High School. After years of research, experience, and reflection, Jim has answered this question with 50 Essential Lessons. Anchored in standards shared by a range of national literacy documents, these lessons focus on the core academic skills—reading, writing, speaking and listening, taking notes, taking tests, and managing oneself-required to succeed in class, on state tests and college entrance exams, and in future endeavors

Contexts For Learning Catherine Twomey Fosnot & Colleagues
Contexts For Learning

The new Contexts for Learning Mathematics series by Catherine Fosnot and colleagues uses carefully crafted math situations to foster a deep conceptual understanding of essential mathematical ideas, strategies, and models. Building on the ideals of a math workshop, each unit provides a two-week sequence of investigations, minilessons, games, and other contexts for learning.

Climb Inside a Poem Georgia Heard & Lester Laminack
Climb Inside A Poem

Children are natural poets. They speak poetry all day long. They say wonderful poetic gems that surprise and delight us and help us look at the world in a new way. In Climb Inside a Poem: Reading and Writing Poetry Across the Year, Georgia Heard and Lester Laminack tap into this natural inclination and demonstrate how reading and writing poetry can also support and extend young children's language and literacy development.

Come To Class Carol Jago
Come To Class

Teaching students to write well is hard. Team teaching with a master writing teacher can make it easier-and more productive. Come to Class offers you that opportunity. In Come to Class, Carol Jago shares the writing lessons and classroom survival skills she honed over 32 years of teaching.

Literate Days Gretchen Owocki
Literate Days

Gretchen Owocki's Literate Days is a multimedia curriculum resource for preschool, kindergarten, and first-grade teachers looking to enrich and broaden their literacy-related instructional practices. Framed by research notes and kidwatching forms, lessons present ideas for enhancing existing teaching practices and for extending the quality of students' literacy experiences in times that are not typically considered "instructional".

Phonics and Word Study Lessons Gay Su Pinnell & Irene C. Fountas
Phonics Minilessons

The single most important factor in students’ reading success is a skillful, informed teacher. Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell recognize that children’s developmental patterns provide a crucial foundation upon which to build the smartest instruction possible. The Word Study Continuum plots a course along the developmental pathway children traverse as they become expert word solvers and effective readers. The Word Study Continuum encompasses Nine Categories of Learning to provide the organizing principle for the minilessons in this series.

Teaching the Qualities of Writing JoAnn Portalupi & Ralph Fletcher
Teaching the Qualities of Writing

Teaching the Qualities of Writing (TQW) is a ready-to-use writing curriculum that provides you with the instruction students need to improve the quality of their writing and at the same time develops your ability to read and assess your students’ writing. These hands-on lessons explore the qualities of writing—ideas, design, language, presentation—and show how, when each is infused with voice, the writer’s personality energizes the writing.

Spelling Strategies and Patterns Sandra Wilde
Spelling Strategies and Patterns

Research shows that for long-term retention and real-world application spelling instruction needs to be more than the memorization of word lists. Offering an alternative to the traditional word-list approach, Sandra Wilde's Spelling Strategies and Patterns brings joy and teaching to spelling instruction. Sandra's inquiry-based approach to spelling instruction engages children in exploring the spelling patterns they are already starting to internalize and developing the strategies that will help them fine-tune their spelling as they write.
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