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DVD Contents vii Preface xi Acknowledgments xiii About the Authors xv About EL Education xix Introduction: Embracing Challenge 1 PART 1 UNLOCKING THE POWER OF INFORMATIONAL AND LITERARY TEXTS 13 Part 1 Introduction 14 1 Choosing Worthy Texts 21 2 Bringing Text to Life 47 Part 1 Conclusion 65 PART 2 READING FOR AND WRITING WITH EVIDENCE 73 Part 2 Introduction 74 3 Evidence-Based Reading, Th inking, Talking, and Writing 85 4 From Deep Understanding to High-Quality Written Work 113 5 Building Strong Writers with Models, Critique, and Descriptive Feedback 143 Part 2 Conclusion 167 PART 3 SUPPORTING ALL STUDENTS TO SUCCEED WITH COMPLEX TEXTS 175 Part 3 Introduction 176 6 Creating the Conditions for Success with Complex Texts 183 7 Helping Students Read Closely 201 Part 3 Conclusion 231 Conclusion: Leveraging the Common Core for Schoolwide Improvement 239 References 253 Appendix A Informational Text Resources 257 Appendix B Photograph Resources 261 Appendix C Helpful Terms for Reading for and Writing with Evidence 263 Appendix D Qualitative Text Rubrics 265 Appendix E Primary Source Close Reading Guide 267 Appendix F Deeper Lessons Tool 271 Appendix G Questions for Discussion 275 Appendix H Accessing the Bonus Web Materials 285 Index 287 How to Use the DVD 295

About the Author

Ron Berger, chief academic officer for ExpeditionaryLearning, taught public school for more than twenty-five years.Libby Woodfin, a former teacher, is director of publicationsfor Expeditionary Learning. Suzanne Nathan Plaut, a formerhigh school English teacher, serves as the director of curriculumdesign for Expeditionary Learning. Cheryl Becker Dobbertin,program director for Expeditionary Learning, is a former teacherand building administrator.

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