Best Practices in Literacy Instruction, Fourth Edition / Edition 4

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A Highly Regarded Teacher Resource and Widely Adopted Text, This Book is Grounded in current knowledge about literacy teaching and learning in grades PreK-8. The field's leading authorities present accessible recommendations for best practices that can be tailored to fit specific classroom circumstances and student populations. Provided are strategies for helping all students succeed-including struggling readers and English language learners-and for teaching each of the major components of literacy. The book also addresses ways to organize instruction and innovative uses of technology. Chapters include concrete examples, Engagement Activities, and resources for further learning.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Recommended for literacy teachers of all skill levels. Recommended. Lower-division undergraduate collections and above."--Choice Reviews
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"Now in its fourth edition, Best Practices in Literacy Instruction just keeps getting better! This comprehensive volume offers up-to-date, evidence-based information on virtually everything a teacher needs to know about literacy instruction. Clearly written, with end-of-chapter activities to promote deeper understanding, this book is indispensable for preservice and master’s courses in literacy programs and for school professional development efforts."--Mariam Jean Dreher, PhD, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Maryland, College Park

"This fourth edition continues the tradition of excellence established in prior editions. From motivation to the pillars of literacy, assessment, and new literacies, every significant aspect of teaching reading is fully examined. This is an excellent, up-to-the-minute, evidence-based reference that provides innovative insights into essential literacy topics. Classroom teachers, reading specialists, curriculum directors, and teacher educators will benefit from this wealth of knowledge."--Maureen McLaughlin, EdD, Department of Reading, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

"Beginning with the superb introductory chapters, this book is filled with theory- and research-based discussions of critical issues and instructional practices in literacy education. The contributors develop a deeper understanding of literacy in their chapters while embedding a strong emphasis on technology. I loved reading this fourth edition. It flourishes with new ideas, new topics, and an abundance of practical teaching ideas and classroom examples."--Barbara J. Walker, EdD, School of Teaching and Curriculum Leadership, Oklahoma State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609181789
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/18/2011
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 492
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Lesley Mandel Morrow, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Learning and Teaching in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Her research, which she conducts with children and families from diverse backgrounds, deals with early literacy development and the organization and management of language arts programs. Dr. Morrow has published more than 300 journal articles, chapters, and books. Her work has been recognized with awards including the Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award and the William S. Gray Citation of Merit from the International Reading Association (IRA), and the Oscar S. Causey Award from the Literacy Research Association. Dr. Morrow is past president of the IRA and is a member of the Reading Hall of Fame.
Linda B. Gambrell, PhD, is Distinguished Professor in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education at Clemson University. Her major research interests are in the areas of reading comprehension strategy instruction, literacy motivation, and the role of discussion in teaching and learning. Dr. Gambrell has published numerous books and articles on reading instruction. She is a recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award from the IRA, the Albert J. Kingston Award from the National Reading Conference, and the Laureate Award from the College Reading Association. She is past president of the IRA and is a member of the Reading Hall of Fame.

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Table of Contents

Foreword, Nell K. Duke
Introduction, Jennifer Renner Del Nero, Lesley Mandel Morrow, and Linda B. Gambrell
I. Perspectives on Best Practices
1. Evidence-Based Best Practices in Comprehensive Literacy Instruction, Linda B. Gambrell, Jacquelynn A. Malloy, and Susan Anders Mazzoni
2. Balance in Comprehensive Literacy Instruction: Evolving Conceptions, Christina L. Madda, Vicki Benson Griffo, P. David Pearson, and Taffy E. Raphael
II. Best Practices for All Students
3. Best Practices in Early Literacy: Preschool, Kindergarten, and First Grade, Lesley Mandel Morrow, Diane H. Tracey, and Jennifer Renner Del Nero
4. Best Practices with Struggling Readers, Richard L. Allington
5. Best Practices in Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners, María S. Carlo and Alain Bengochea
6. Best Practices in Adolescent Literacy Instruction, Donna Ogle and Laura Lang
 III. Evidence-Based Strategies for Literacy Learning and Teaching
7. Best Practices in Motivating Students to Read, John T. Guthrie
8. Best Practices in Teaching Phonological Awareness and Phonics, Patricia M. Cunningham
9. Best Practices in Vocabulary Instruction Revisited, Camille L. Z. Blachowicz and Peter J. Fisher
10. Best Practices in Comprehension Instruction, Janice F. Almasi and Susan J. Hart
11. Best Practices in Fluency Instruction, Melanie R. Kuhn and Timothy Rasinski
12. Best Practices in Teaching Writing, Karen Bromley
13. Best Practices in Literacy Assessment, Peter Afflerbach, Jong-Yun Kim, Maria Elliker Crassas, and Byeong-Young Cho
IV. Perspectives on Special Issues
14. Best Practices in Content-Area Teaching, Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey
15. Effective Use of Technology in Literacy Instruction, Michael C. McKenna, Linda D. Labbo, Kristin Conradi, and Jessica Baxter
16. New Literacies in Literacy Instruction, Jennifer Rowsell and Diane Lapp
17. Organizing Effective Literacy Instruction: Differentiating Instruction to Meet Student Needs, D. Ray Reutzel
18. Parent–Teacher Partnerships That Make a Difference in Children's Literacy Achievement, Jeanne R. Paratore and Patricia A. Edwards 19. Best Practices in Professional Development for Improving Literacy Instruction in Schools, Rita M. Bean and Aimee L. Morewood

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