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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Nancy Jane Polette  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children; Children;

Born: Richmond Heights, Missouri

-- Nancy Jane Polette on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Studied at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville and taught there from 1968-1978.

Biographical and Professional Information

Nancy Polette is Adjunct Faculty at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Book Bag in Martha's Attic (Activities Book K-3)
ISBN: 0913839469

Book Lures. 1986

The Little Old Woman and the Hungry Cat
ISBN: 0688083153

Greenwillow. 1989

A hungry cat eats everyone he sees, until he swallows the little old woman who owns him and she takes steps to put a stop to his gluttony

The Hole by the Apple Tree: An A-z Discovery Tale
ISBN: 0688105580

Greenwillow. 1992

Harold and his friends embark on a fairy-tale adventure through the alphabet and encounter giants, pirates, Snow White, and other people and things that begin with the letters from A to Z.

Novel Booktalks
ISBN: 1879287188

Book Lures. 1992

Multi-Cultural Readers Theatre: Booktalks
ISBN: 1879287315

Pieces of Learning. 1998

Polette, Nancy

Gifted Books, Gifted Readers: Literature Activities to Excite Young Minds
ISBN: 1563088223

Libraries Unlimited. 2000

Stretch young minds to creative and productive thought with some of the best literature currently available. Polette shows you how to promote critical thinking, decision making, and problem solving through building excitement for the reading experience and increasing students' active participation in learning. She offers suggestions for creative reproduction, elaboration, rearrangements and transformations of text to help children connect reading content to their own experiences. A wonderful resource for elementary and middle school teachers of the gifted, these books and activities can be used in any classroom. Also an important read for college-level courses on curriculum for the gifted and children's literature.

The Best of Nancy Polette: Strategies for Reading, Writing and Thinking
ISBN: 1931334153

Pieces of Learning. 2003

Drawing on her 50+ years of experience, Polette chooses her best strategies for the K-8th teacher. As a librarian, educator, and national speaker, Nancy knows what works and what doesn t. She is a believer in providing models for both teacher and student before calling upon them to engage in an activity. And her activities go beyond simple knowledge and comprehension levels. They stimulate thinking, creativity, and problem solving.

Included are:
32 Strategies to Build Brain Power
strategies for sharing picture books, fairy tales, folktales, fantasy, and novels
strategies that use poetry as a base
activities to use with the Coretta Scott King Award Winners
readers theatre
connections between literature and social studies
non fiction and 44 research reporting patterns.

Many of her strategies begin with a familiar piece of children s literature as a model followed by the activity. Once the model is understood, the strategy can be applied to many other forms of literature

Activities include:
Topic talking,
Rank ordering,
Cause and effect,
Pre-reading journaling,
Topic focusing,
Predictive reading,
Shared reading,



Speaking Engagements

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