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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Book Review: From Striving to Thriving

From Striving to Thriving

This is a book I have been so excited to read. I love everything by Stephanie Harvey. I use her Strategies That Work book and The Comprehension Toolkit for whole class comprehension lessons.  There's a primary version that's awesome too. In fifth grade I use her Short Nonfiction for American History texts for the American Revolution, Westward Expansion, Colonial Times, and the Civil War. She also has From Striving to Thriving Writers: Strategies that Jump-Start Writing coming out in September 2018. I linked everything directly to the Heinemann site when appropriate because I love being able to have the online resources too. I have also linked to Stenhouse Publishers. However, the book I'm talking about today comes from Scholastic, so I'll be linking there also.

Clicking on the book cover takes you to Scholastic.

This book has just been sitting on my desk since the fall. I've been dusting around it just waiting to get to it, but last year was hectic at home and work and the summer slowdown finally gave me the time I needed. I think you'll love this book, plus Scholastic sent me an extra to give away so make sure you sign up to win a free copy.

From Striving to Thriving is broken up into three section: Trust, Teach, and Transform. I am going to mention just a few of the things I loved about each section so you can see how much this book has to offer to teachers of all grades.


This section is filled with chapters about cultivating curiosity, letting go of labels, increasing reading volume, setting up a strong reading environment, and so much more.


Matching books to readers, encouraging reading outside of school, comprehension strategies, digital material, and flexible instructional methods are just a few of important topics in the second section.


Part three includes assessment, analyzing data, and advocating for students.

This book is loaded with information whether you are a new teacher or a seasoned educator. There is literally something for you. I love how this book is loaded with action plans and research, lessons and practical advice. There is so much here.

Pages like this one run throughout the book to highlight what research tells us about reading. The authors make the research readily accessible to help you put the research into action in your classroom. 

But you don't have to just take my advice. You can also read more about this book on the Scholastic site by clicking here. You can also enter to win a free copy of From Striving to Thriving. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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