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1.
Sue D Royals
Building Comprehension – Grade 9

The high-interest, low-vocabulary stories in this book feature diversified subject matter, including: current personalities, popular sports figures and events, ghosts, monsters, and mysteries, visual and performing arts, disasters, excerpts from legends and mythology, and amazing facts and wonders in science and nature.

2.
Gunter Senft
Understanding Pragmatics (Understanding Language

Understanding Pragmatics takes an interdisciplinary approach to provide an accessible introduction to linguistic pragmatics. This book discusses how the meaning of utterances can only be understood in relation to overall cultural, social and interpersonal contexts, as well as to culture specific conventions and the speech events in which they are embedded. From a cross-linguistic and cross-cultural perspective, this book:

debates the core issues of pragmatics such as speech act theory, conversational implicature, deixis, gesture, interaction strategies, ritual communication, phatic communion, linguistic relativity, ethnography of speaking, ethnomethodology, conversation analysis, languages and social classes, and linguistic ideologies
incorporates examples from a broad variety of different languages and cultures
takes an innovative and transdisciplinary view of the field showing linguistic pragmatics has its predecessor in other disciplines such as philosophy, psychology, ethology, ethnology, sociology and the political sciences.
Written by an experienced teacher and researcher, this introductory textbook is essential reading for all students studying pragmatics.

3.
Meg Greve
Skills for School Success (Social Skills)

Welcome to your new job! You may not have a real job that pays real money, but right now, school is your job. You have to be there on time every day, come prepared to work, follow directions, and work with other people. This title will allow students to explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.

4.
D. Randy Garrison
Thinking Collaboratively: Learning in a Community of Inquiry

Thinking Collaboratively is a theoretical and practical guide to thinking and learning in deep and meaningful ways within purposeful communities of inquiry. Critical thinking has long been recognized as an important educational goal but, until now, has largely been conceived and operationalized as an individual attitude and ability. Increasingly, however, a more relevant and complete cognitive construct has been emerging: thinking collaboratively. Thinking collaboratively is the means to inquire, test, and apply new understandings, and to make sense of the information that bombards us continuously. In short, thinking collaboratively is required to flourish in our highly connected world and, in this book based on more than a decade of research, Garrison provides an essential introduction to this vital concept.

5.
Christopher P. Horvath
Critical Thinking (Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World)

In reflective problem solving and thoughtful decision making using critical thinking one considers evidence, the context of judgment, the relevant criteria for making the judgment well, the applicable methods or techniques for forming the judgment, and the applicable theoretical constructs for understanding the problem and the question at hand. In this book, the authors present topical research in the study of critical thinking. Topics discussed include developing critical thinking through probability models the promotion of critical thinking skills through argument mapping an instructional model for teacher training in critical thinking advanced academic literacy and critical thinking and critical thinking and higher education.

6.
Fred Sedgwick
101 Essential Lists for Primary Teachers

Lists range from the practical, such as preparing for an interview, organising your classroom and dealing with difficulties to the fun, such as how the children perceive you and what not to wear.

7.
Chad Mason
Educating Today’s Overindulged Youth: Combat Narcissism by Building Foundations, Not Pedestals

This book examines narcissistic, self-absorbed attitudes and behaviors of individuals and the effects of these attitudes and behaviors on the American school system. As the effects are widespread and detrimental, the book also discusses multiple strategies to combat narcissism in schools. Extensive reading, critical observation, and nearly 35 years of combined educational experience led to the formation and completion of this project. Research was collected from over 40 sources including books, periodicals, newspaper articles, interviews, and workshops. Specifically, the book defines narcissistic qualities, identifies long-term societal effects of narcissistic living, discusses narcissism in relation to child development, and extensively examines narcissism in the school setting (the people and practices). The book challenges teachers, counselors, and administrators to reflect on their role in educating the narcissistic population and to adopt strategies to reverse the growing trend. In turn, educators are encouraged to foster a learning experience that promotes greater responsibility, durability, and independence on the part of the learner and that emphasizes the concept of living, learning, and working for the ‘greater good’ in our society.

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– Independent Education Today – July-August 2015

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