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Recommending Classroom Books to Other Teachers

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As you prepare to present information about a literature textbook, you might consider the PMI (plus, minus, interesting) technique. Your presentation should include positives or areas of strength such as readability, awesome authors, support of standards, variety of questions, and tie-ins to grammar, spelling and vocabulary. You should identify any minuses such as low student appeal, little contemporary literature, no transparencies, or assessments that lack variety. The interesting aspects of the text might include how the publisher conveys diversity through authors, story characters, and illustrations; creative writing assignments that support the reading; and test prep. The PMI model will help you give a balanced assessment and cover many aspects of the text. Your audience will be informed and you'll feel organized.


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