Note—these reviews are excerpted from Jennifer Serravallo’s rich website of book descriptions –Please see links for more details about her publications, great articles,books reviews, and podcasts, and her contact information.
The Reading Strategies Book http://www.heinemann.com/products/E07433.aspx
Here it is—a book JUST about reading strategies themselves. The strategies outlined in this book will complement any reading program and are presented in usable steps for hands-on teaching in the classroom. Serravallo cross-links each strategy to different genres, skills, Fountas and Pinnell reading levels and assessments. This user friendly guide helps teachers to develop goals for each reader and models step-by-step instructions and prompts aligned to specific literacy strategies and craft demonstrations.
The Literacy Teacher’s Playbook (Grades K-2 or Grades 3-6) http://www.heinemann.com/products/E04353.aspx
This text guides teachers in the process of how to collect literacy data that is useful and how to analyze and synthesize multiple assessments to develop instructional plans and learning goals. The book includes actual samples of student work and models the process of how it was analyzed to make specific instructional decisions.
Independent Reading Assessment http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/independentreadingassessment/index.htm
Independent Reading Assessment is a complete comprehension assessment guide that includes hundreds of lessons to turn formative assessment results into instruction. The guides are available in both fiction and nonfiction versions for grades three, four, and five and are packaged with 32-26 trade books with specific questions on sticky notes to guide student -driven assessment. Online support for teachers includes instructional videos and a place to organize anecdotal notes, store and organize results, and sort students for specific strategy instruction.
Conferring with Readers http://www.heinemann.com/products/E01101.aspx
Conferring with Readers is a comprehensive guide that provides frameworks for conferences that focus on six purposes for reading and provides suggestions for targeting instruction to meet individual student needs.
Jennifer’s online PD resources are located at http://www.heinemann.com/authors/4575.aspx
Videos of Jennifer are located at http://www.jenniferserravallo.com/blog/videos-galore/