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Collaborating to Support All Learners in English, Social Studies, and Humanities

By Faye Brownlie & Leyton Schnellert
Series: It's All About Thinking
Imprint: Portage & Main Press

Categories: Education, Professional Development, Language Arts, Arts & Humanities, Social Science
Paperback : 9781553792215, 256 pages, October 2009
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553792352, 272 pages, October 2009

Table of contents

  • Introduction xi
  • Chapter 1 Meeting the Needs of All Learners 1
  • Chapter 2 Working Together As a School 13
  • Chapter 3 Assessment that Supports Learning 23
  • Chapter 4 Frameworks and Approaches to Support Diverse Learners 41
  • Chapter 5 Starting the Year with Significance 55
  • Chapter 6 Inquiry and Thematic Teaching 77
  • Chapter 7 Memoir Writing 99
  • Chapter 8 Inquiry: Aboriginal Peoples of Canada 119
  • Chapter 9 Inquiry and Oral Language 155
  • Chapter 10 Engaging Critically with Text 177
  • Chapter 11 Problem Solving in Geography 197
  • Chapter 12 Online Literature Circles: Students and Teachers Learning Together 225
  • Professional References 243
  • Student Resources 249
  • Chapter by Chapter Index 253


How can we help students develop the thinking skills they need to be successful learners? How does this relate to deep learning of important concepts? How can we engage and support diverse learners in inclusive classrooms where they develop understanding and thinking skills?

In this book, Faye and Leyton explore these questions and offer classroom examples to help busy teachers develop communities where all students learn. This book is written by two experienced educators who offer a welcoming and “can do” approach to the big ideas in education today. In this book, you will find:

  • insightful ways to teach diverse learners, e.g., literature and information circles, open-ended strategies, cooperative learning, inquiry curriculum design frameworks, e.g., universal design for learning (UDL) and backward design assessment for, of, and as learning
  • lessons to help students develop deep learning and thinking skills in English, Social Studies, and Humanities
  • excellent examples of theory and practice made accessible real school examples of collaboration — teachers working together to create better learning opportunities for their students