My guest post on the Robb Review is now up

Hi everyone,

It is my pleasure and honor to be featured on the Robb Review at https://therobbreviewblog.com/uncategorized/poetry-is-for-everyone/

The post is on Twitter- Linkedin- and Facebook!

My thanks to Laura and Evan Robb for inviting me.

It you have a few minutes and are so inclined, I hope you’ll give it a look. Guess what it’s about?

Fifty-five ways to celebrate National Poetry Month

Hi everyone,

I’m delighted to say that the new issue of MISSOURI READER is out. Thanks to co-editors Glenda Nugent and Sam Bommarito, the feature article is mine, and just in time for National Poetry Month in April. Seventeen poets and teachers are featured in my article, each with suggestions on how to introduce poet into the classroom and beyond in ways that are sure to engage students.

This issue also features an interview by Evan Robb talking to Laura Robb and me about out book, GUIDED PRACTICE FOR READING GROWTH.

To see the issue, here’s the link. I hope you’ll take a look.

https://joom.ag/zGzI

Now it’s head down for several months

Hi everyone,

My thanks to Evan Robb for hosting Laura Robb and me yesterday evening as we talked about our new book, GUIDED PRACTICE FOR READING GROWTH. Here’s the link. https://www.facebook.com/evanrobbprincipal .
And here’s the link to my reading aloud from AFTER DARK, which is currently available on the Drury University website: http://www.Drury.edu/read.

Yesterday we (Tim Rasinski, Mary Jo Fresch, and I) agreed to terms with Scholastic Teacher Resources to write two books in time for publication early in 2022. For my part it means an enormous amount of work with deadlines of June 1 for the first manuscript and July 1 for the second. If I didn’t have anything else to do, this would be close to impossible so let’s say I’m delighted and concerned.

I’m afraid I’ll need to sharply curtail my blog posts for a while. On average I spend an hour each morning to post something new and believe me I’m going to need those twenty hours a month for a while. I may need to post once or twice a week, or maybe just when something new happens, until I see how the new work is going to progress. I hope you’ll understand and bear with me.

Tune in to watch live

Hi everyone,

THURSDAY EVENING AT 6:00 CST on Facebook Live, Laura Robb and I will be interviewed on the Robb Review. The session will be hosted by Evan Robb as we discuss our new book, GUIDED PRACTICE FOR READING GROWTH. The book, published by Corwin Publishing, is especially timely as a growing number of struggling readers everywhere fall further behind as a result of learning conditions during the pandemic.

This is a free event. We hope you will join us and invite anyone you know who might want to learn more about our book at https://www.facebook.com/evanrobbprincipal/

Today it’s official. New book out!

Hi everyone,

Today is the pub date for my book with Laura Robb.

To help introduce the new title, Laura and her son, Evan, made a webcast that I found quite interesting and helpful and want to pass along to you and your friends in education. https://zencastr.com/robbe/guided-practice.

I enjoyed writing poems and texts for our collaboration. If I haven’t shown you an example, how about this one?

Ode to the Skunk

It’s well you dwell within your skin,
protected from the stink you spout,
while victims hate their fate no doubt —
the agony of breathing in
the fumes of skunkly discontent.

Armed with dreadful, stinkful scent,
marching fearlessly by night,
you frighten enemies to flight,
turn, when vexed, take aim, and vent
on anything that comes too near.

Flaunting famous daunting rear,
you rule the evening woods by fear.

(c) 2020 by David L. Harrison, reprinted with permission from
GUIDING PRACTICE FOR READING GROWTH, Corwin Publishing

Corwin announced the new book today on is website, described like this:

Use these lessons to build developing readers’ skill and desire to read, read, read!

This book will be your guide as you support middle grade students who are reading two or more years below grade level. The lessons enlarge students’ vocabulary and background knowledge and engage them in meaningful discussions and writing about their reading. As students’ reading skill and desire to read increases, you’ll watch them complete more independent reading and ramp up their reading volume—the practice they need to improve!

Guided Practice for Reading Growth provides all you need to get started. Laura Robb and poet David L. Harrison have collaborated to design twenty-four powerful reading lessons using original poems and short texts that interest your students and encourage them to think deeply. The opening chapters offer background knowledge for the lessons and teaching tips, then the bulk of this book consists of lessons—with full texts and suggested videos provided. Guided practice lessons are the instructional piece that can move developing readers forward by building their self-confidence and the reading expertise needed to read to learn and for pleasure.

This unique book shows you how to:

· Build students’ background knowledge by watching and discussing videos.

· Use the poems to improve reading and to improve fluency through practice and performance.

· Invite students to write about their reading and increase comprehension and recall.

· Ask partners to discuss before, during, and after reading as meaningful talk enlarges students’ analytical thinking and understanding.

· Design your own lessons for students with extra texts by David L. Harrison in the appendix.

Use this book to develop students’ self-confidence and the reading skill they require to become lifelong, joyful readers!
https://us.corwin.com/en-us/nam/guided-practice-for-reading-growth-grades-4-8/book270980