Read, Write, Checkmate
Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities
by Alexey W. Root
March 2009, 128pp, 8 1/2x11
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-59158-754-5
$35, £26, 30€, A50
eBook Available: 978-1-59884-749-9
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Read, Write, Checkmate both teaches chess to students and provides educators with an outline for an effective classroom literacy project.

This book helps educators and librarians prepare students to succeed in University Interscholastic League (UIL) Chess Puzzle.

Chess expert, Alexey Root, describes her project to have kids read and write about chess while learning to play and excel at the game. Patterned after an actual project undertaken with 25 middle school students, this book features all you need to know to teach kids to play well and reinforce their reading and writing skills at the same time.

This book helps educators and librarians prepare students to succeed in University Interscholastic League (UIL) Chess Puzzle. All activities are linked to the NCTE/IRA national standards for language arts. Lesson plans, over 100 chess diagrams, parent letters, annotated bibliographies and all other needed information project in the classroom is included. Grades 3-8.

Features

  • Serves to prepare students to succeed in University Interscholastic League (UIL) Chess Puzzle competitions

Reviews

"Read, Write, Checkmate starts with explanations of the board and of the pieces and how they move, then examines special moves and situations. Root includes exercises to help reinforce each lesson. . . . Read, Write, Checkmate includes entertaining essays by students. . ."—Arches, August 31, 2009

"Showing how chess meets educational objectives for students in grades 3-8, this work contains 4 chapters (2-5) that are appropriate for students as well as for instructors to learn chess. Drawing on her experience teaching courses at the University of Texas—Dallas that explore the use of chess in classrooms, Root provides numerous reproducible handouts for use by readers of the book. . . . This is a welcome addition to an elementary or middle school library as well as to public libraries that might want to implement chess in the library."—ARBAonline, May 1, 2009

"In this volume, Root, a chess expert and education scholar at the U. of Texas at Dallas, utilizes chess to help students in grades three through eight with literacy. She shows teachers how to teach chess to students, how it meets educational objectives, and how to have kids read and write about chess while learning to play. The main chapters of the book can be read directly by students, which are about the board, pieces, moves, rules, and how to notate and annotate games, write about chess, and create a book literacy project. The final chapter explains how chess can be used in libraries. All activities are linked to NCTE/IRA national standards for language arts. The book was based on Root’s literacy project with middle school students."—Reference & Research Book News, May 1, 2009
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