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The More You Read, the More You Know: Book Recommendations for ELA Teachers

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

As educators, we know the value of reading and try to instill that passion for reading and learning in our students. As teachers, we need to practice what we preach. You are never done learning as an educator and reading is a great way to develop yourself professionally. This is blog #1 in a series of book recommendations for teachers, today focusing on ELA teachers. The books below are recommendations from the great, former ELA teacher turned instructional coach, Sarah Murphy. At Teaching Excellence we love to learn, so please add your favorite books in the comment section below.

Strategies that Work: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding
by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis
This is a great book, pretty long, but fun! Strategies That Work explains how to explicitly teach thinking strategies so that students become engaged, thoughtful, independent readers.
by Kelly Gallagher
is a GREAT little book about the art of reading. This book talks about how to teach kids to read and is more high school centered.
The Art of Teaching Reading and The Art of Teaching Writing by Lucy McCormick Calkins
These are awesome! Full of inspiration strategies and insight into the practices of highly successful, reading and writing teachers.
Mechanically Inclined by Jeff Anderson
Jeff is a former middle school teacher who blends theory with practical strategies in this must read for writing teachers. Also includes great grammar lessons!


Happy reading, and don’t forget to share your recommendations with us below!



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