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About Molly Ness

Molly Ness is a former classroom teacher, a reading researcher, and a teacher educator. She earned a doctorate in reading education and spent 16 years as an associate professor at Fordham University. The author of five books and numerous articles, Molly serves on the Board of Directors for the International Literacy Association. She is the founder of the Coalition for Literacy Equity and the creator of the End Book Deserts podcast. In 2022, Dr. Ness joined Learning Ally as the Vice President of Academic Content. She serves on the advisory board for The Reading League New York.

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Molly's superpower is presenting about the science of reading in an engaging, inviting, and humorous way. She is skilled at translating research into immediate classroom application. An additional superpower is conveying her passion for literacy as a matter of social justice and equity.
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1. Gain an understanding of the underlying causes of dyslexia, its impact on literacy development, and how to identify students at risk of dyslexia. Learn the symptoms and characteristics of dyslexia, including its impact on reading, writing, and spelling abilities. And, determine how to identify st...
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1. Affirm the role of read alouds in the Science of Reading. Increase understanding of the importance of read alouds in promoting literacy and comprehension in students. 2. Demonstrate how to read aloud across all content areas. Get equipped with practical strategies and tools for...
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#411
1. Affirm the role of read alouds in the Science of Reading. Increase understanding of the importance of read alouds in promoting literacy and comprehension in students. 2. Demonstrate how to read aloud across all content areas. Get equipped with practical strategies and tools for...
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#410
1. Affirm the role of read alouds in the Science of Reading. Increase understanding of the importance of read alouds in promoting literacy and comprehension in students. 2. Demonstrate how to read aloud across all content areas. Get equipped with practical strategies and tools for...
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Read Alouds for All Learners: A Comprehensive Plan for Every Subject, Every Day, Grades PreK–8

In Read Alouds for All Learners: A Comprehensive Plan for Every Subject, Every Day, Grades PreK–8, Molly Ness, supported by current research and personal experiences, demonstrates the sobering effect an absence of read alouds in classrooms has on PreK–8 students’ comprehension skills. She provides intentional directions on planning and implementing a read-aloud routine that supports young learners’ literacy development, content-area knowledge, social-emotional learning, and academic achievement.

This book will help you:

  • Understand the role of read alouds in the science of reading;
  • Develop understanding of the three-step planning process for a read aloud;
  • See current read-aloud research and trends among elementary, middle, and high school teachers;
  • Gain tips targeted for each age group’s social-emotional learning and cognition;
  • Capture the importance of read alouds in all content areas; and
  • Create a read-aloud plan for social studies, the sciences, mathematics, physical education, the arts, and electives with hands-on tools.

By Molly Ness
Format Softcover
Product No. 9781958590034
$35.95 $32.36 Save 10%

Think Big with Think Alouds: A Three-Step Planning Process That Develops Strategic Readers

I’m guessing that those two are planning a surprise. . . . The author keeps mentioning the storm because she wants us to think that the character’s upset. . . . Wait—yikes, I gotta go back and reread because I’m not getting this part. . . .

These are the flickering thoughts of a strategic reader. If only we could bottle all these mental moves and pour them into the minds of our students, then readers’ achievement would grow exponentially. In Think Big With Think Alouds, Molly Ness delivers a process that comes close to bottling that magic.

Molly spent a year researching teachers’ think alouds, and she uses these findings to help you know just what to do. The big time-saver? You focus on just these five strategies: asking questions, making inferences, synthesizing, understanding the author’s purpose, and monitoring and clarifying. Select the one or two strategies that align to your text and get ready with a stack of sticky notes! Grab a pencil, and you are on your way to dynamic lessons using Molly’s three-step planning process:

Read Once: Go wild, putting a flurry of sticky notes on spots that strike you

Read Twice: Whittle your notes down to the juiciest stopping points 

Read Three Times: Jot down what you will say so there’s no need to wing it in front of the kids 

Other practical tools include:

  • More than 20 ready-made think aloud scripts for favorite texts by Sandra Cisneros, Seymour Simon, Shel Silverstein, and many others, to use for think alouds for fiction, informational text, and poetry;
  • Fun small group and partner activities to gradually transfer comprehension strategies to your students; and
  • Downloads on the companion website, including spinner and dice templates, planning forms, and think aloud scripts. 

By Molly Ness
Format Softcover
Product No. 9781506364964
$39.95 $35.96 Save 10%

Every Minute Matters: 40+ Activities for Literacy-Rich Classroom Transitions, Grades K-5

Make the most of every instructional minute with engaging literacy activities

Time—or lack thereof—may be the most precious commodity in the classroom. From covering all the necessary curriculum and imparting life skills to attending meetings and answering emails, educators are faced with real challenges when there never seems to be enough time to do it all. Although teachers don’t have the power to create more minutes in the school day, they do have the power to be effective and efficient with the time given.

Molly Ness asks teachers first to examine their use of time in the classroom in order to make more space for literacy. She then introduces 40 innovative activities designed to replace seatwork. These literacy-rich alternatives for classroom transitions are presented alongside

  • Research on instructional time in K–5 classrooms;
  • Strategies for how to maximize every minute of instruction;
  • Suggestions for improving efficiency to expand independent reading and writing time; and
  • Reflective practices to help teachers examine how they use the time they have.

The instructional day is ripe for redesign with a thoughtful and authentic time audit. Every Minute Matters guides educators through that process by outlining literacy-rich activities to optimize transitional times and minimize lost instructional minutes.

By Molly Ness
Format Softcover
Product No. 9781544382449
$30.95 $27.86 Save 10%