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Missouri Literacy Association

An Affiliate of International Literacy Association

The mission of the Missouri Literacy Association is to empower educators, ensure equity, inspire students & encourage leaders with the equitable resources they need to make literacy accessible for all in our diverse community.

Professional Books

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Comprehension and Collaboration, Revised Edition:  Inquiry, Circles for Curiosity, Engagement and Understanding

Revised 2015

The authors share four kinds of inquiry units of increasing richness with all the teaching and planning resources you need.  Great info on writing circles.

To Know & Nurture a Reader: 

Conferring with Confidence and Joy

Kari Yates and Christina Nosek

Published 2018

If you want to learn more about conferring, this is the book for you.

Disrupting Thinking

By Kylene Beers & Bob Probst

Published 2017

The authors discuss an on-going problem: lack of engagement with reading. They explain that all too often, no matter the strategy shared with students, too many students remain disengaged and reluctant readers. The problem, they suggest, is that we have misrepresented to students why we read and how we ought to approach any text - fiction or nonfiction

.Understanding Texts & Readers: Responsive Comprehension Instruction with Leveled Texts

Understanding Texts & Readers

By Jennifer Serravallo

Published 2018

Serravallo makes comprehension make sense.  She simplifies text complexity and clarifies comprehension instruction. She begins by untangling the many threads of comprehension: Levels, engagement, stamina, the relevance of texts, and much more.

The Reading Strategies Book: Your Everything Guide to Developing Skilled Readers

The Reading Strategies Book:

Your Everything Guide to Developing Skilled Readers

By Jennifer Serravallo

Published 2015

She collects 300 strategies to share with readers in support of thirteen goals-everything from fluency to literary analysis. Each strategy is cross-linked to skills, genres, and Fountas & Pinnell reading levels to give you just-right teaching, just in time.

The Writing Strategies Book

By Jennifer Serravallo

Published 2017

Serravallo collects 300 of the most effective strategies to share with writers, and groups them beneath 10 crucial goals.

The following two books are must-read books if you are interesting in building the love of reading in your students.

Igniting the Passion

By Stephen Layne

Published 2009

Outstanding resource to build the love of reading in your students!


Reading in the Wild

By Donalyn Miller

Published 2013

Outstanding resource to build the love of reading in your students!


6 + 1 Traits of Writing: 

The Complete Guide, Grade 3 and Up

By Ruth Culham

Published 2003

A complete resource for teaching writing!

There is also an edition for primary grades.

What a Writer Needs

By Ralph Fletcher

Published 2013

Outstanding resource that takes the writer beyond the basics!

Reciprocal Teaching at Work

By Lori Oczkus

Published 2018

In this fully revised and expanded third edition of the bestselling Reciprocal Teaching at Work, Lori D. Oczkus provides more than 40 new and updated step-by-step lessons and minilessons that reflect best practice.

Reciprocal teaching is a scaffolded discussion technique that builds on the

Fab Four strategies that good readers use to understand text: predicting, questioning, clarifying, and summarizing.

The Megabook of Fluency

By Tim Rasinski and Melissa Cheesman Smith

Published 2019

Excellent resource for teaching fluency!

The book is packed with engaging text and tools, an assessment scale, and high quality ready-to-use lessons including text phrasing and tonality, echo reading, word ladders, and more!

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