"As a folklorist, writer, and teacher of writing, I know firsthand how interactive author Web sites make it possible for students to talk, meet, and exchange ideas with extraordinary writers. Reissman and Gura have devised a brilliant strategy for utilizing the World Wide Web in the service of literacy. This book offers a wide range of opportunities for teachers and students to use these free resources to foster literacy and learning in the classroom."
—Steve Zeitlin, Director
Foster students' literacy and learning in the digital age through the engaging world of author Web sites!
Using the Internet as an instructional tool can be daunting, but this innovative guide demonstrates how very easily and effectively author Web sites can be integrated into any classroom as a free and accessible resource for instruction, thus fulfilling the mandate for using technology in teaching and learning.
Rose Cherie Reissman and Mark Gura show teachers how to make the most of author Web sites—from such favorite authors as Jean Craighead George, Judy Blume, and Eric Carle—to deepen students' engagement with reading and invite students into a fascinating literary community. The authors offer a rich trove of resources for teachers to explore:
- Activities that encourage and energize reluctant learners to participate in class discussions
- Strategies to promote literacy learning, including nonfiction reading, narrative writing, visual literacy, and much more
- Suggestions for using Web sites as a learning tool in math, science, and social studies
- Simple instructions on how students can create their own author-focused Web sites
No matter what your level of technological expertise, this book provides the guidance needed to use author Web sites to encourage students' lifelong literacy.