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34 Professionally Speaking | March 2018 R E V I E W S PHOTOS: STEPHEN FERRIE Powerful Readers BY KYLA HADDEN AND ADRIENNE GEAR Powerful reading is reading with thought and intent, so that the reader becomes metacognitive, or aware of their think- ing as they read. Powerful Readers is a guide to teaching your students how to derive not only a literal understanding of their reading but how to extract real meaning and insight from the written word. For fiction, connecting text with the reader's own experi- ences, visualizing concrete images, questioning, inferring information that is not explicitly written, and transforming ideas that readers have about themselves, others and the world are all part of the process. For non-fiction, reading powerfully means making connections, focusing on important information, questioning, inferring, and synthesizing knowledge. The book presents a balance of theory and practice and includes generic lessons, worksheets and rubrics to help teachers develop critical reading powers in their students. This revision of a decade-old classic instructional guide offers teachers new ideas and lessons as well as new anchor books to support powerful reading principles. Teresa Ross, OCT, is a secondary school teacher with the Niagara Catholic District School Board. Fight to Learn BY LAURA SCANDIFFIO The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights says that everyone has the right to an education, and although the declaration also states elementary education should be free, millions of children worldwide are denied that basic privilege. Children seeking an education are faced with countless obstacles and challenges. Scandiffio delves into the stories of these children and tells young readers about the people who are fighting for the right to be educated. Fight to Learn highlights the many obstacles faced by children throughout the world to getting an education, including poverty, discrimination and violence. Each section depicts a group of children who have been denied an education, and then introduces a person who has made a difference, either by raising awareness of the issues or starting a school of his/her own. The crisis in education is not just a develop- ing world issue. Scandiffio includes timely chapters on the plight of Indigenous children in Canada and African- American children in the United States. Suitable for children in Grades 5 to 9, the writing in Fight to Learn is engaging, and there are numerous colour photos throughout. Each chapter contains direct quotes and sidebars with relevant facts and figures; additionally, a comprehensive bibliography provides websites and articles that students can access for further research. Bev Bellrose is a library technician at Sudbury Secondary School. Fight to Learn: The Struggle to Go to School, Annick Press, Toronto, 2016, softcover, ISBN 978-1-55451-797-8, 176 pages, $16.95, distributed by University of Toronto Press, annickpress.com Powerful Readers: Thinking Strategies to Guide Literacy Instruction in Secondary Classrooms, Pembroke Publishers, Markham, ON, 2016, softcover, ISBN 978-1-55138-313-2, 125 pages, $24.95, pembrokepublishers.com

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