"Like an amazing orchestra conductor, Janiel Wagstaff makes reading and writing instruction symphonic. She shows teachers how to lead their young learners each day, with teaching strategies and routines that develop students’ oral language, comprehension, and writing skills. Teachers and coaches in the primary grades have been waiting for a big book of lessons like this, and whew, here it is. Proof that K-2 literacy instruction can be developmentally appropriate and potent at the same time."
"I almost love this book as much as Janiel Wagstaff herself. What a treasure trove of daily lessons! Wagstaff provides a blueprint for teachers that will definitely make their lives easier. Any reading teacher interested in inspiring students to become more passionate and adamant readers needs this book."
“With personal insights and energy, Janiel Wagstaff provides effective and powerful demonstrations for how to link reading and writing instruction. She discusses ways to make writing more personal, and provides clear minilessons that work. Whether you are an experienced educator or new to the profession, you will appreciate these daily lessons that are certain to boost your students’ reading and writing abilities.”
“Janiel thinks of everything! The reading and writing lessons are classroom-tested, engaging, and you can practically see and hear the young learners 'getting it'. The 'goods' that make it workable in any classroom include mentor texts, student writing samples, master teacher tips, IF/THEN support for a range of learning outcomes, lesson extensions, and suggestions for differentiation. A welcome resource, providing step-by-step method for introducing the Common Core standards to primary grade students.”
"This book makes me particularly hopeful. It is grounded in sound research and theory, but is wholly practical and accessible. It lays out a clear mandate (too long lost) to have students communicate as much as possible like experts in a discipline.