New review of my book with Laura Robb

Hi everyone,

I’m glad and grateful for the positive review by Jennifer Wirtz of our book, GUIDED PRACTICE FOR READING GROWTH, Graded 4-8, which was released last fall by Corwin Publishing. Here’s the link.

Review: Building reading fluency and comprehension among middle graders
https://www.middleweb.com/45290/using-guided-practice-with-hesitant-readers/

Laura and I created this book to help teachers work with students who are at least two grades behind in their reading level. My job was to write poems and texts to capture students’ interest at their intellectual/developmental level while using language accessible to them at their current reading level. Laura created wonderful plans and activities to encourage and reinforce efforts to reach for growth in reading. An earlier review included this: “One of the hardest parts of helping developing readers can be finding texts that support them.  In this compendium of intermediate and middle grade reading lessons, Laura and David suggest one great text after another, making offering readers the practice they need to become stronger, more proficient readers even easier!”

New books suffered when they were introduced during the thick of the pandemic, and ours came out last September. Corwin is essentially reintroducing the book now. All the more reason why we appreciate Jennifer’s review and hope for additional reviews to come. The Amazon ratings so far are all 5 stars so we’re encouraged to think we’ll continue to find more and more teachers who can put our book to use. If you are in a position to pass this along to teacher and/or administrator friends, we will be in your debt. Thank you.

Review of GUIDED PRACTICE FOR READING GROWTH

Hi everyone,

I hope to complete a 1,000-word essay today about poetry that will appear in Laura and Evan Robb’s blog — The Robb Review — later this month. Coincidentally, yesterday while I was working on it, Laura received an advance copy of a new review of our book, GUIDED PRACTICE FOR READING GROWTH, that will come out shortly in MiddleWeb. It was a pleasure to work with Laura on this book that is even more timely now as so many struggling readers worldwide work to regain skills lost by the effects of the pandemic. I’m happy to post a bit of the review here today.

Title: Guided Practice for Reading Growth Texts and Lessons to Improve Fluency, Comprehension, and Vocabulary
Authors: Laura Robb and David L. Harrison
Publisher: Corwin Literacy (CL), 2021

Review by Jennifer Wirtz

In GUIDED PRACTICE FOR READING GROWTH, the authors Laura Robb and David L. Harrison bring guided practice to life with lessons and examples that can be used by educators in the real-world classroom.

At the heart of this text and its lessons, is the fact that after years of not reading proficiently, students can take on characteristics that actually prevent growth. Things like: lacking self-confidence, feeling embarrassed, having difficulty decoding, and having learned the art of fake reading (so others think they can read).

The Appendix proves to be a great resource as well, including suggested ELA schedules, self-evaluation questions/prompts, lists of books for read-alouds, and guidelines for preplanning/planning discussion lessons.

Overall, GUIDED PRACTICE FOR READING GROWTH looks like it will be a great resource for years to come.

Change of plans

Hi everyone,

My priorities have shifted after a conference call yesterday with my co-author Laura Robb and our editor at Corwin, Tori Bachman. We now have our final marching orders straight and a firm deadline of February 7 to finish our manuscript. For me that means three more poems and two 500-word essays, each on a different subject. Between now and 2/7 I’ll have some travel time and other commitments so the schedule I made two days ago is no longer possible. To tell the truth, I haven’t written one word in the last two days anyway because of other work that popped up, not the least of which has involved long exchanges with my new agent about setting priorities for what goes out next and for future work to submit. I know this isn’t very exciting news but for now it’s all I’ve got.