Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 7 x 10
978-1-4758-1473-6 • Hardback • July 2015 • $117.00 • (£90.00)
978-1-4758-1474-3 • Paperback • July 2015 • $47.00 • (£36.00)
978-1-4758-1475-0 • eBook • July 2015 • $41.50 • (£32.00)
Samantha Cleaver has worked in education for more than a decade as a special education teacher and instructional coach. As a coach, Cleaver has worked with middle grade teachers and school leaders to focus and strengthen reading instruction.
This book is a must-read for instructional coaches. Cleaver provides useful information and guidance for planning for close reading. As our school implements close reading as a practice, I know Every Reader a Close Reader will be my go-to guide for the next few years.
— Elena Trotta, ELA Instructional Coach, Arthur T. Talmadge Elementary School, Springfield, MA
This book serves as a wonderful resource for both general and special educators in the field. Comprehensive and up-to-date, professionals will find it highly useful, as the material presented is well written and reader-friendly. By using the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as a frame of reference, as well as personal experiences and teacher examples, the author provides a very strong foundation of the importance of close reading in the classroom.
— George Giuliani, JD, Psy.D, Executive Director of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals
In an educational landscape where “close reading” and “text-dependent questions” are buzzwords, this book brings the act of close reading alive in a way that can be immediately put to use in the classroom. Every Reader a Close Reader gives teachers and instructional leaders the foundational knowledge needed to understand why adopting the approach of close reading is important for all readers, while making it clear that there is not one way to implement the approach and giving concrete examples of how it will change depending on classroom context. Every Reader a Close Reader clears the misconceptions about close reading, bringing the "ah-ha" moments for instructional coaches and teachers.
— Lo Nigrosh, director of school support, The Achievement Network, former ELL teacher
Many articles and books have addressed the Common Core Standards. Even though most materials provide a sound understanding of the standards and potential ways to embed them, there hasn't been a "how to" like Samantha Cleaver's book for close reading. Through her research, she invites you into classrooms to discover other teacher's lessons and materials that have been utilized effectively in helping students meet the standards and develop their skills as readers. This is a vital read for all educators in all disciplines that looking for ways to implement the standards and help student grow as readers.
— Craig Wisniewski, instructional coach, Martin Kellogg Middle School, Hartford, CT
This book provides a flexible and functional approach to close reading that is clear and helpful.
This text is a valuable turn in ongoing pedagogical conversations, and will help teachers to understand the theory behind and the potential power of close reading, wisely modeled and mentored.
Most importantly, it will help teachers in immediately applicable ways to assist their students to more engaged and agentive reading.
A unique gift of this book is its emphasis on helping teachers reflect on their own reading and teaching, helping the reader to learn from classroom innovation and student response how to teach in more assistive and wide-awake ways.
— Jeffrey D. Wilhelm, Distinguished Professor of English Education at Boise State University; Author of “Reading Unbound: Why Kids Need to Read What They Want, and Why We Should Let Them”