This text introduces an original, scalable instructional framework called Telling Our Stories (TOS), an approach for supporting culturally informed literacy instruction in the elementary classroom. Connecting the theory to practice, the TOS framework centers the cultural heritage and experiences of students and offers a roadmap to scientifically and pedagogically sound instruction.
Aligned with current curriculum standards, chapters feature authentic examples and case studies, reflection questions, and writing activities that will foster a culture of inclusion, community, and academic rigor. The many practical strategies promote students’ learning and appreciation of diversity through academic reading and writing as well as positive school-family and school-community relations. Readers will come away with new ideas, tools, and a thorough understanding of how to integrate culturally informed practices in ways that support the learning of all children. Accessible and comprehensive, this is an essential text for pre-service teachers in courses on ELA methods and literacy instruction, as well as practicing teachers.
Acknowledgements Introduction: A Message to Our Readers Part I: Fundamentals of Telling Our Stories Chapter 1: The Conceptual Framework for Telling Our Stories Chapter 2: An Indepth Look at the Telling Our Stories Framework Part II. Telling Our Stories in Action: Case Studies and Implementation Chapter 3: Telling Our Stories in Primary Classrooms Chapter 4: TOS in Action in Intermediate Classrooms Part III. Look Back and Looking Forward Chapter 5: Reflections on the Journey Chapter 6: Moving Forward with TOS…Appendices Appendix A Professional Books on Writing Instruction Appendix B The Charrette Appendix C Classroom Vignettes for Four TOS Stages Appendix D Autobiography and Biography Questionnaire (Fifth Grade) Appendix E TOS Compare and Contrast T-chart About the Authors