Books

Word Nerds: Teaching All Students to Learn and Love Vocabulary
​ISBN: 978-157110-954-5
Stenhouse Publishers, 2013

Word Nerds takes you inside classrooms at a high-poverty urban elementary school and shows how teachers implement creative, flexible vocabulary instruction that improves their students' word knowledge and confidence, enhances classroom community, and increases achievement. Brenda J. Overturf, along with classroom teachers Leslie Montgomery and Margot Holmes Smith, shares how to weave vocabulary into each school day using multisensory instruction that includes music, art, literature, movement, games, drama, writing, test-taking skills, and technology. Along the way, teachers turn their students into lovers of language.



Vocabularians: Integrated Word Study in the Middle Grades
ISBN: 978-162531-016-3
Stenhouse Publishers, 2015

Building on the ideas developed in Word Nerds: Teaching All Students to Learn and Love Vocabulary, Brenda J. Overturf has updated and energized the recommended practices for middle grades students. Vocabularians is for any educator who wants to help young adolescents increase knowledge and competency with word study while bringing interest, motivation, and even joy to their learning. In rural, urban, and suburban settings, Brenda highlights effective ways to develop students' vocabulary skills using art, music, games, technology, reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking. Vocabularians shows teachers of all content areas how to build word networks, flood the classroom environment with academic vocabulary, and incorporate the three word-solving strategies that researchers have found to be the most important—teaching students how to use context; deciphering words by breaking down prefixes, suffixes, and roots; and using reference materials in authentic ways. By blending current research with real classroom experience and application, Brenda offers an easy-to-implement, customized-to-middle-school resource that will improve instruction and assessment. 

The Common Core: Teaching K-5 Students to Meet the Reading Standards
ISBN 13: 978-0-87207-815-4
International Literacy Association, 2012

Maureen McLaughlin and Brenda Overturf explain the key points of the English Language Arts standards and describe how to use the standards effectively in K-5 instruction. The authors delve into important topics such as assessment, implementation, and curriculum—as well as the implications of Common Core for beginning readers and special populations such as English learners, students with disabilities, and gifted and talented students. The second part of this book is even more exciting: a detailed look at each of the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading, combined with practical guidance on how to use those standards to teach your students. Each standard is aligned with accessible, appropriate, research-based strategies to help you integrate the ELA Standards into a series of rich and connected instructional tasks.

The Common Core: Teaching Students in Grades 6-12 to Meet the Reading Standards
​ISBN 13: 978-0-87207-706-5
International Literacy Association, 2013

Maureen McLaughlin and Brenda Overturf explain the key points of the English Language Arts and Literacy Standards and describe how to use the standards effectively in instruction in grades 6-12. The authors delve into important topics such as assessment, implementation, and curriculum—as well as the implications of Common Core for special populations such as English learners, students with disabilities, and gifted and talented students. The second part of this book is even more exciting: a detailed look at each of the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading, combined with practical guidance on how to use those standards to teach your students. Each standard is aligned with accessible, appropriate, research-based strategies to help you integrate the ELA Standards into a series of rich and connected instructional tasks.

The Common Core: Graphic Organizers for Teaching K-12 Students to Meet the Reading Standards
International Reading Association, 2013


This book is available only as a PDF e-book—downloadable and viewable on your computer, tablet, or select reader.

These original graphic organizers have been designed to help students think through narrative and informational text. Created specifically to support students’ achievement of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, the organizers are reproducible and designed to be a companion to McLaughlin and Overturf’s K–5 and 6–12 Common Core books. Find this book at www.literacyworldwide.org.

Inside the Common Core  Classroom: Practical ELA Strategies for Grades 3-5

ISBN 0133362973
Pearson Education, 2014

An indispensable guide for all who teach in grades three through five, as well as curriculum directors, reading specialists, literacy coaches, and school administrators. Inside the Common Core Classroom: Practical ELA Strategies for Grades 3-5  presents research-based teaching ideas that integrate the Common Core Standards with best teaching practices in the critical English language arts areas. Designed specifically for teachers of the pivotal third, fourth, and fifth grades, it includes suggestions for instruction and assessment, scenarios from real classrooms where the standards are being implemented every day, examples of authentic student work, and tips from expert teachers that bring the standards to life.