PROFESSIONAL READING

Content-Area Collaborations for Secondary Grades

ALA. (AASL Standards-Based Series). 2019. 256p. pap. $49.99. ISBN 9780838919446.
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Contributing to the publisher’s ongoing series, Deskins’s practical and valuable guide highlights opportunities for librarians and teachers to collaborate on lessons based on the six shared foundations: inquire, include, collaborate, curate, explore, and engage. The author and a team of librarians together built clear, concise, and accessible units. Each chapter focuses on a foundation and begins with an overview, essential questions, and pre-assessment, followed by three units geared toward middle or high school students. Each of the units has four lessons that progress logically through the four domains (think, create, share, and grow) and follow a consistent organizational template that includes both objective American Association for School Librarians standards and content-related standards. Worksheets, organizers, and rubrics accompany the lessons. Most of the resources are readily available with minimal preparation, with the exception of copies of shared texts. The standards are the keys to opening conversations with teachers about opportunities to collaborate. The well-organized lessons give librarians specific ideas with which they can approach classroom teachers. An appendix of additional resources supplements the featured resources throughout the book. Librarians will find this accessible and useful collection of lessons beneficial in building collaboration. The book is an invitation for librarians and classroom teachers to find common ground built on shared standards and a foundation that strengthens their ability to work together on dynamic lessons that will resonate with students.
VERDICT Highly recommended for secondary school librarians.

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