Reading ladders<br />
with<br />Dr. Teri Lesesne<br />Sam Houston State University<br />Creating and Sustaining Readers<br />
I love to laugh…crazy state laws<br />
Alaska<br />Whispering in someone’s ear while he’s moose hunting is prohibited.<br />
Florida<br />If you tie an elephant to a parking meter, you must pay the same parking fee as you would for a vehicle.<br />
Indiana<br />The value of pi is 4, and not 3.1415.<br />
Kentucky<br />Every citizen is required to take a shower once a year.<br />
New Jersey<br />It’s against the law for a man to knit during the fishing season.<br />
Oklahoma<br />It’s forbidden to take a bite out of another person’s hamburger.<br />
Texas<br />You may not shoot a buffalo from the second story of a hotel.<br />
Wyoming<br />Unless you have an official permit, you may not take a picture of a rabbit from January to April.<br />
What does all this have to do with books and reading and kids?<br />
IT’S TIME TO CHANGE THE RULES…AND MOVE INTO THIS CENTURY<br />WITH READING LADDERS<br />
What IS a Reading Ladder?<br />Combines elements of<br />Thematic unit<br />Vertical alignment and planning<br />Horizonta...
WHY Reading Ladders?<br />Research shows that PROFICIENT readers make connections from text to text<br />MOST of our stude...
Newbery Medal 2010 <br />
POSSIBLE READING LADDERS<br />SCIENCE FICTION (TIME TRAVEL)<br />Wrinkle in Time<br />Time Traveler’s Wife<br />Time Warp ...
Content Area Tie-ins<br />History- the 1970s<br />Science of science fiction-relativity, etc.<br />Music and Art of When Y...
Caldecott<br />
Possible Reading Ladders<br />Fables<br />Lobel’s version<br />Aesop’s variations<br />Dirty Rotten Stinkin Grapes<br />Te...
Sibert (nonfiction)<br />
Possible Ladders<br />Feminism<br />Astronauts and Space Program<br />Collective Biographies<br />
Nonfiction Reading Ladder<br />Historical<br />Horizontal<br />
American Revolution<br />24<br />
US Civil War<br />25<br />
WW I<br />
1950s and 60s<br />
30<br />
31<br />
Humor Reading Ladder<br />Developmental<br />	physical<br />	character<br />	situation<br />	language<br />
Physical<br />
Character<br />
Audio<br />
Intro to Figurative Language<br />
Characters:  Cover Predictions<br />
Situation<br />
Compare and contrast author’s works<br />
CHARACTER<br />
Character and Language<br />
SITUATION<br />
Nonfiction<br />
Nonfiction<br />
Language<br />
Adult Humor:  Parody<br />
Every year, English teachers from across the country can submit their collections of actual similes and metaphors found in...
1. Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compressed by a Thigh Master.  2. His thoughts...
3. He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar ecl...
. She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up. 6. Her vocabulary was as b...
8. The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated because of his wife's infidelity came as a rude shock, l...
11. From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you're on vacation in ...
14. Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight...
17. He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant, and she was the East River.  18. Even in his last years, Granddad ...
21. The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not eating for a while.  22. He was as lame as a duck. Not ...
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  1. 1. Reading ladders<br />
  2. 2. with<br />Dr. Teri Lesesne<br />Sam Houston State University<br />Creating and Sustaining Readers<br />
  3. 3. I love to laugh…crazy state laws<br />
  4. 4. Alaska<br />Whispering in someone’s ear while he’s moose hunting is prohibited.<br />
  5. 5. Florida<br />If you tie an elephant to a parking meter, you must pay the same parking fee as you would for a vehicle.<br />
  6. 6. Indiana<br />The value of pi is 4, and not 3.1415.<br />
  7. 7. Kentucky<br />Every citizen is required to take a shower once a year.<br />
  8. 8. New Jersey<br />It’s against the law for a man to knit during the fishing season.<br />
  9. 9. Oklahoma<br />It’s forbidden to take a bite out of another person’s hamburger.<br />
  10. 10. Texas<br />You may not shoot a buffalo from the second story of a hotel.<br />
  11. 11. Wyoming<br />Unless you have an official permit, you may not take a picture of a rabbit from January to April.<br />
  12. 12. What does all this have to do with books and reading and kids?<br />
  13. 13. IT’S TIME TO CHANGE THE RULES…AND MOVE INTO THIS CENTURY<br />WITH READING LADDERS<br />
  14. 14. What IS a Reading Ladder?<br />Combines elements of<br />Thematic unit<br />Vertical alignment and planning<br />Horizontal alignment and planning<br />Moves students to more independence in selecting reading materials<br />Makes connections between and among books<br />
  15. 15. WHY Reading Ladders?<br />Research shows that PROFICIENT readers make connections from text to text<br />MOST of our students never progress beyond BASIC<br />NAEP indicates only 3% of students score here at PROFICIENT level (since 1992 there has been NO growth at this level)<br />
  16. 16. Newbery Medal 2010 <br />
  17. 17. POSSIBLE READING LADDERS<br />SCIENCE FICTION (TIME TRAVEL)<br />Wrinkle in Time<br />Time Traveler’s Wife<br />Time Warp Trio<br />HISTORICAL FICTION (1970s)<br />Tales of the Madman Underground<br />Stuck in the 70s<br />Time Capsule (Gallo collection)<br />MYSTERY<br />From the Mixed up Files…<br />Whispers from the Dead<br />A is for Alibi<br />
  18. 18. Content Area Tie-ins<br />History- the 1970s<br />Science of science fiction-relativity, etc.<br />Music and Art of When You Reach Me<br />Kinesiology-dances of the 70s<br />Home Ec-dress codes, haute cuisine, etc from era<br />ELA-what makes a good mystery? Critical attributes<br />
  19. 19. Caldecott<br />
  20. 20. Possible Reading Ladders<br />Fables<br />Lobel’s version<br />Aesop’s variations<br />Dirty Rotten Stinkin Grapes<br />Textless<br />Tuesday, Sector 13<br />Storm in the Barn<br />The Arrival<br />Traditional Literature<br />Parables<br />Fairy tales<br />Myths, legends, etc.<br />
  21. 21. Sibert (nonfiction)<br />
  22. 22. Possible Ladders<br />Feminism<br />Astronauts and Space Program<br />Collective Biographies<br />
  23. 23. Nonfiction Reading Ladder<br />Historical<br />Horizontal<br />
  24. 24. American Revolution<br />24<br />
  25. 25. US Civil War<br />25<br />
  26. 26.
  27. 27. WW I<br />
  28. 28.
  29. 29. 1950s and 60s<br />
  30. 30. 30<br />
  31. 31. 31<br />
  32. 32. Humor Reading Ladder<br />Developmental<br /> physical<br /> character<br /> situation<br /> language<br />
  33. 33. Physical<br />
  34. 34. Character<br />
  35. 35. Audio<br />
  36. 36. Intro to Figurative Language<br />
  37. 37. Characters: Cover Predictions<br />
  38. 38. Situation<br />
  39. 39. Compare and contrast author’s works<br />
  40. 40. CHARACTER<br />
  41. 41. Character and Language<br />
  42. 42. SITUATION<br />
  43. 43. Nonfiction<br />
  44. 44. Nonfiction<br />
  45. 45. Language<br />
  46. 46.
  47. 47. Adult Humor: Parody<br />
  48. 48. Every year, English teachers from across the country can submit their collections of actual similes and metaphors found in high school essays. These excerpts are published each year to the amusement of teachers across the country:<br />
  49. 49. 1. Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compressed by a Thigh Master.  2. His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free. <br />
  50. 50. 3. He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it. 4. She grew on him like she was a colony of E.Coli, and he was room-temperature Canadian beef. <br />
  51. 51. . She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up. 6. Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.  7. He was as tall as a six-foot, three-inch tree.  <br />
  52. 52. 8. The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated because of his wife's infidelity came as a rude shock, like a surcharge at a formerly surcharge-free ATM machine. 9. The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn't.  10. McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty bag filled with vegetable soup.  <br />
  53. 53. 11. From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you're on vacation in another city and Jeopardy comes on at 7:00 p.m. instead of 7:30 p.m.. 12. Her hair glistened in the rain like a nose hair after a sneeze.  13. The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease. <br />
  54. 54. 14. Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p.m. at a speed of a speed of 35 mph.15. They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences that resembled Nancy Kerrigan's teeth. 16. John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met.  <br />
  55. 55. 17. He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant, and she was the East River.  18. Even in his last years, Granddad had a mind like a steel trap, only one that had been left out so long, it had rusted shut. 19. Shots rang out, as shots are known to do.  20. The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan just might work. <br />
  56. 56. 21. The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not eating for a while.  22. He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck, either, but a real duck that was actually lame, maybe from stepping on a land mine or something. 23. The ballerina rose gracefully en Pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant. 24. It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with power tools.  25. He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as if she were a garbage truck backing up. <br />

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