Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2009 - EDUCATION - 128 pages

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.


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

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Chess Book as Literacy Project
1
Chapter 2 The Board Pieces and Pawns
13
Chapter 3 Special Moves Stalemates and Checkmates
35
Chapter 4 Write Like a Grandmaster
43
Chapter 5 Chess Book
57
Chapter 6 Chess Moves for Libraries
77
Chess Book Project Outline and Associated Worksheets
83
Ladder Games and Swiss System Tournaments
93
References Resources for Students and Annotated Bibliography
99
Answer Key
107
Glossary
115
Index
125
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About the author (2009)

Alexey W. Root, PhD, received her doctorate in education from UCLA. Her work history includes public high school teaching (social studies and English). Her most notable chess accomplishment was winning the U.S. Women's championship in 1989. Since the fall of 1999, Root has been a senior lecturer at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). She has taught UTD education classes, tutored prospective teachers for certification exams, and supervised student teachers. Root's current assignment for UTD is to teach, via the UT TeleCampus, online education courses that explore the uses of chess in classrooms. Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators (2006) and Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving (2008) were both published by Teacher Ideas Press.

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