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Citation: Bhattacharyya, Ranu. (2010). The Castle in the Classroom: Story as a Springboard for Early Literacy. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.


Title: The Castle in the Classroom: Story as a Springboard for Early Literacy
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Year: 2010
Publisher: Stenhouse
City: Portland, ME
Medium: Book
Author(s): Bhattacharyya, Ranu
Grades: Kindergarten to First Grade
Category: Writing Workshop Launching Writing Workshop Teaching the Writing Process Units of Study for Writing Minilessons Communicating with Families about Writing
Annotation: Traditionally, kindergarten has been thought to be an arena for learning letter names, sounds, and numbers or a place primarily for play. In The Castle in the Classroom, Ranu Bhattacharyya sets the expectations much higher, while still advocating for literacy practices that are within the developmental range of her students. By harnessing the natural storytelling enthusiasm of young children, she provides clear evidence that children can become writers (and readers) at a very young age. Building on childrenís love of story in all its forms (oral language, drama, reading, writing, art, cultural traditions) provides a strong foundation for a comprehensive literacy model in kindergarten. The book describes the set-up, the mini-lessons, the materials and the instructional strategies of a classroom in which literacy flourishes, beginning with the first few weeks in kindergarten. Ranu provides a year-long view of how literacy unfolds as she gradually releases responsibility and builds independence with her young students. This book incorporates how to weave reading, writing, and storytelling into a kindergarten classroom. Itís exciting to have a new book with specific suggestions for reading and writing workshop in kindergarten. Youíre guaranteed to be inspired!