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Recent school reform efforts have emphasized the need for higher literacy standards in schools across the country. Offering practical guidance for literacy educators, curriculum development specialists, and other education professionals and policy makers, this volume considers how we can most effectively improve the quality and content of reading and writing instruction. Leading researchers and practitioners address the eight principles of best practice, providing the most current information on how to enhance students' ability to construct meaning from text independently, draw upon texts to build conceptual understanding, effectively communicate ideas orally and in writing, and develop an intrinsic desire to read and write. This timely book blends state-of-the-art theory and research with workable suggestions based on extensive hands-on experience in the field.

"...addresses the eight principles of best practice, providing the most current information available...blends timely state-of-the-art theory and research with workable suggestions based on extensive hands-on experience."

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"Bringing together some of the best thinkers in the field, this thought-provoking volume adds real depth to our understanding of both 'best practice' and 'balance.' The topics chosen are important and each chapter invites discussion and response. The in-depth classroom examples are particularly rich illustrations of what good literacy instruction looks like across varied activities and with a variety of students. A valuable contribution!" --Donna M. Ogle, EdD, National-Louis University, Evanston, IL

"This book will be an excellent text for college methods classes and a wonderful reference for school district administrators, teachers and teacher educators, and language arts coordinators. First, the contributing authors represent the finest minds in literacy education today, and they review major issues in literacy instruction with a wonderful balance between theory and practice. Second, the topics covered are timely. In an era of political rhetoric and mandates, this volume provides teachers and administrators with the research and practical ideas they need to guide and defend their decision-making process." --Carol M. Santa, PhD, Coordinator of Language Arts, Kalispell Public Schools, Kalispell, Montana

"This book goes a long way in identifying state-of-the-art instructional practices for literacy educators. Contributing authors, informed and respected literacy scholars, provide in-depth treatment of many of the critical issues facing teachers of reading. The voices of real teachers add texture, depth, and credibility to the various chapters. Building a bridge between the theoretical and the practical--between what research has to say and what teachers have to do--this is an important and much-needed addition to the field." --Timothy Rasinski, PhD, Professor of Education, Kent State University

Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
This excellent textbook is in its third edition, with some revisions. It is a balanced, comprehensive compilation of some of the best authors/practitioners in the reading field. The editors have recognized there is no "one size fits all" in reading instruction, and they focus on "best practices," with an emphasis on research based methods. The book is divided into five areas: Perspectives on Best Practices, Best Practices for All Students, Evidenced Based Strategies for Literacy Learning and Teaching, Perspectives on Special Issues, and Future Directions. Students of reading instruction, both young and experienced, will appreciate the practical approach on all facets of the complex task of teaching others to read. The book is an excellent resource for any classroom involved in literacy instruction and that is ALL classrooms.
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Just ahead of the first national reading test in the US and in the midst of a flurry of school reform at all levels, 18 papers from a March 1999 conference at Rutgers University explore perspectives on exemplary practices in literacy, strategies for learning and teaching, and special issues such as creating community and using technology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572304437
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/14/1999
  • Series: Rutgers Invitational Symposia on Education Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author


Linda B. Gambrell, College of Education, University of Maryland at College Park, College Park, MD.
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Contents
Foreword, Louise Cherry Wilkinson
Introduction, Dorothy S. Strickland
I. Perspectives on Exemplary Practices in Literacy
1. Principles of Best Practice: Finding the Common Ground, Linda B. Gambrell and Susan Anders Mazzoni
2. Toward a More Complex View of Balance in the Literacy Curriculum, P. David Pearson and Taffy E. Raphael
3. How We Can Achieve Best Practices in Literacy Instruction, James Cunningham
II. Best Practices: Strategies for Learning and Teaching
4. Best Practices for a Balanced Early Literacy Program, Lesley Morrow and Elizabeth Asbury
5. What Should We Do about Phonics?, Patricia M. Cunningham
6. Self-Regulated Comprehension Processing and Its Development through Instruction, Michael Pressley
7. Comprehension: Crafting Understanding, Cathy Collins Block
8. The Role of Literature in Literacy Development, Douglas Fisher, James Flood, and Diane Lapp
9. And in the Center Ring, Basal Readers, Attempting the Ultimate Balancing Act, Nancy L. Roser and James V. Hoffman
10. Key Components of Sound Writing Instruction, Karen Bromley
11. Content Area Literacy Instruction, Thomas Bean, Paul Cantu Valerio, and Lisa Stevens
12. Teaching Literature and Composition in Secondary Schools, Judith Diamondstone and Michael Smith
13. Best Practices in Literacy Assessment, Peter Winograd and Harriette Arrington
III. Best Practices: Special Issues
14. Meeting Each Child's Literacy Needs, Dixie Lee Spiegel
15. Creating Continuity in Early Literacy: Linking Home and School with a Culturally Responsive Approach, Susan B. Neuman
16. Organizing Literacy Instruction: Effective Grouping Strategies and Organizational Plans, D. Ray Reutzel
17. Best Practices in Literacy for Children with Special Needs, Richard Allington
18. The Use of Technology in Literacy Programs, Linda D. Labbo, David Reinking, and Michael McKenna
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Table of Contents


Contents
Foreword, Louise Cherry Wilkinson
Introduction, Dorothy S. Strickland
I. Perspectives on Exemplary Practices in Literacy
1. Principles of Best Practice: Finding the Common Ground, Linda B. Gambrell and Susan Anders Mazzoni
2. Toward a More Complex View of Balance in the Literacy Curriculum, P. David Pearson and Taffy E. Raphael
3. How We Can Achieve Best Practices in Literacy Instruction, James Cunningham
II. Best Practices: Strategies for Learning and Teaching
4. Best Practices for a Balanced Early Literacy Program, Lesley Morrow and Elizabeth Asbury
5. What Should We Do about Phonics?, Patricia M. Cunningham
6. Self-Regulated Comprehension Processing and Its Development through Instruction, Michael Pressley
7. Comprehension: Crafting Understanding, Cathy Collins Block
8. The Role of Literature in Literacy Development, Douglas Fisher, James Flood, and Diane Lapp
9. And in the Center Ring, Basal Readers, Attempting the Ultimate Balancing Act, Nancy L. Roser and James V. Hoffman
10. Key Components of Sound Writing Instruction, Karen Bromley
11. Content Area Literacy Instruction, Thomas Bean, Paul Cantu Valerio, and Lisa Stevens
12. Teaching Literature and Composition in Secondary Schools, Judith Diamondstone and Michael Smith
13. Best Practices in Literacy Assessment, Peter Winograd and Harriette Arrington
III. Best Practices: Special Issues
14. Meeting Each Child's Literacy Needs, Dixie Lee Spiegel
15. Creating Continuity in Early Literacy: Linking Home and School with a Culturally Responsive Approach, Susan B. Neuman
16. Organizing Literacy Instruction: Effective Grouping Strategies and Organizational Plans, D. Ray Reutzel
17. Best Practices in Literacy for Children with Special Needs, Richard Allington
18. The Use of Technology in Literacy Programs, Linda D. Labbo, David Reinking, and Michael McKenna
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