Ranu Bhattacharyya: The Castle in the Classroom: Story as a Springboard for Early Literacy

The Castle in the Classroom: Story as a Springboard for Early Literacy

Author: Ranu Bhattacharyya
Number of Pages: 168 pages
Published Date: 15 Oct 2010
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Publication Country: York, Maine, United States
Language: English
ISBN: 9781571107701
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The Castle in the Classroom describes a year in a kindergarten classroom as the children embark on literary exploration. Each child approaches the journey from a different perspective - some are self-sufficient, others more hesitant; some are literary adventurers, others shyly reluctant. The detailed focus lessons throughout the book use the power of stories - personal narratives, folktales, and fairy tales - to deepen the literary experience so that reading and writing become as much a part of kindergarten as playing and pretending are. As the book progresses through the year, teachers will find a wealth of resources, including practical models to teach strategies and skills; effective teaching schedules; ways to address, challenge, expand, and celebrate student learning; examples of student work; parent education materials; and ideas on how to manage assessment. By the end of the year, your students - like those in Ranu's class - will have built on their love of storytelling to establish a strong literacy foundation.