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Facts, Artifacts, and Counterfacts: Theory and Method for a Reading and Writing Course

By David Bartholomae, Anthony Petrosky

Portsmouth, NH Heinemann Educational Books: Boynton/Cook , 1986. Paperback First Ed; Second Printing. Very Near Fine in Wraps: shows only the most minute indications of use: just a hint of sunning to the backstrip (the titles thereon remain bold and clearly legible); mildest rubbing; several tiny to very small spots at the bottom edge of the text block. Binding square and secure; text clean. Very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 226pp. First Edition; Third Printing. Academic Press Paperback. I can't speak highly enough of the pedagogy outlined in Facts, Artifacts, and Counterfacts: often called "Pittsburgh Method," it forms the basis of the approach behind Bartholomae and Petrosky's popular textbook series, Ways of Reading. The idea here is indeed radical, especially in a developmental writing course: 1. Have students work with complex, often confusing texts--the sorts of texts graduate students would be exposed to. The sorts of texts faculty themselves enjoy reading and discussing. 2. Structure assignments to allow multiple engagements with the texts: rereading and even third and fourth readings as part of the assignment cycle. In the meantime, students are writing and discussing the readings as they form deeper, more nuanced understandings of the text. 3. Avoid interpreting or summarizing the text for students; challenge them to form their own relationship with the reading. 4. Have students write argumentative essays applying the ideas of the texts--even if they don't feel 100% confident in their understanding. The goal here is not just increased reading level and exposure to complex ideas: it's also an increase in confidence and authority, as students discover what it's like to push through confusion into greater and greater comprehension. After working with the ideas from Bartholomae and Petrosky for more than six years now in my own classes, I would feel unsatisfied and frustrated going back to a more surface-level read or less challenging reading. What's more, I've really witnessed firsthand the increase in confidence that this pedagogy can create. Give it a try. It requires a radical act of trust in your students' ability, and it requires a lot of support and encouragement along the way, but the end results are well worth it.


Jo-Boy

By Mildred English and Thomas Alexander

Sacramento, CA California State Department of Education, 1938. Hardcover Good+: Shows significant indications of use: shows considerable wear to the extremities and is just starting to wear through the fabric at the lower corner tips to the underlying board; much rubbing, but the designs and titles at the front panel remain quite legible, as are the titles at the backstrip. Binding remains square and secure; text clean. Overall, remains a sturdy reading copy with a clean text. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 128pp. Profusely Illustrated in Color by Rhoda Chase. Decorated Endpapers. Re-inforced Binding. Copyright 1935 by the Johnson Publishing Company; this is the 1938 California State Department of Education edition. Former California State Elementary Reader Textbook. Hardback: No DJ 'as issued'.



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McGuffey's Sixth Eclectic Reader

By William McGuffey

New York, NY Van Nostrand Reinhold. Hardcover Reprint Edition Near Fine: shows only the most minute indications of use: Mild rubbing to the corner tips. Binding square and secure; text clean. Very close to 'As New'. 8vo. 464pp. Pictorial Paper on Boards.



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Hamlet's Dresser: A Memoir

By Bob Smith

New York, NY Scribner, 2003. Paperback First Ed thus; First Printing indicated. First Ed thus; First Printing indicated. Very Near Fine in Wraps: pages ever-so-slightly tanned; Just a hint of wear to front corner tips; binding square and secure; text clean. Virtually 'As New'. NOT a Remainder. NOT a Book-Club Edition. NOT an Ex-Library copy. 8vo. 286pp. Trade Paperback.


McGuffey's Third Eclectic Reader

By William McGuffey

New York, NY American Book Company, 2007. Hardcover Revised Edition Revised Edition.Near Fine: shows just a hint of wear to extremities; a couple of small, faint crayon marks at the front panel; else flawless. Binding square and secure; text clean. Remains clean, sturdy, and quite presentable. Nearly New. NOT a Remainder. NOT a Book-Club Edition. NOT an Ex-Library copy. 8vo. 208pp. This is a recent reprint. The Information provided in the reprinted text of the book provides copyrights of 1879 by Van Antwerp, Bragg; in 1896 by the American Book Company, & 1906 and 1920 by H.H. Vail. The title pages names Van Nostrand Reinhold, but provides no date. Hardcover: Decorated Boards. McGuffey's Readers are a delight. I read the books cover to cover and loved every single story contained therein. These two literary tools [the Readers and the BB Speller] were how America learned to read for 150 years. And after wasting 18 months listening to reading "specialists" in public schools, I taught my daughter to read in under 6 weeks. She is now in her sophomore year of college (honor student, too) and is a prolific reader. I highly recommend McGuffey's Readers for any parent who wants to teach their child to read. It is a book you will keep forever, and it is something to be handed down to your children and their children and on and on. And as a prior reviewer stated, they are a real keyhole peak into a bygone time. Plus, the stories are very moral and leave a strong positive impression on young minds.



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The Best of the Best in Young Adult Literature: 101 Classics in Young Adult Literature and How to Use Them in Your Program [Resource Handbook]

By Bonnie Kunzel

Bellevue, WA Bureau of Education and Research, 2008. Paperback Very Near Fine in Wraps: shows only the most minute indications of use: shows the mildest rubbing and just a hint of soiling. Binding shows barely discernible lean, but remains perfectly secure; text clean. Very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 4to. 326pp. Textbook Paperback.



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On Location 1: Reading and Writing for Success in the Content Areas [Teacher's Edition]

By Thomas Bye with John Chapman

New York, NY McGraw-Hill ESL/ELT, 2005. Paperback Very Good+ in Wraps: shows very little wear at all, but the wire spiral shows some bending and damage and the top corner of the front heavy card board is a little bunged; else flawless; binding square and secure; text clean. Remains close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 4to. 216pp. Heavy Card Paperback: Spiral Bound.


The Construction Zone: Working for Cognitive Change in School

By Denis Newman, Peg Griffin, & Michael Cole

Cambridge, UK Cambridge University Press, 1989. Hardcover First Ed, so stated. Near Fine: shows barely discernible scuffing at front panel; else flawless, BUT HIGH-LIGHTING on thirteen pages in text. Binding square and secure; text clean. But for the high-lighting, Virtually 'As New', showing no other flaws. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 202pp. (Learning in Doing Series). Hardback: No DJ 'as issued'.


Directory of the Public Schools of the Borough of Pottstown, PA., for 1904-1905

By M.L. Seascholtz [Compiler]

Pottstown, PA Borough of Pottstown, 1905. Hardcover No indication of printing history. Very Good+: shows very light wear to extremities. Foxing at outside edges and endpapers. Minor scuffing. Binding square and secure; text clean. Remains clean, sturdy, and quite presentable. NOT a Remainder. NOT a Book-Club Edition. NOT an Ex-Library copy. 32mo. 172pp. Contains an Inventory of School Directors, Officers, Buildings, Textbooks, Students, Schedule of Studies, Suggestions to Assist Teachers in the Reading Classes, Rules & Regulations, etc. Hardback: No DJ 'as issued'.