Breaking the Code: The New Science of Beginning Reading and Writing / Edition 1

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Overview

If only we could understand that seemingly inexplicable moment when children suddenly "get" reading. Then our instruction could be directed toward creating those specific circumstances which help every student recognize the pattern of meaning behind the marks on a page. Now, thanks to Richard Gentry's Breaking the Code, we can.

In his most important book to date, Gentry combines cutting-edge, brain-based research with sound classroom knowledge to explore early literacy development. Starting with the crucial interrelationship of reading and writing, he looks inside and out at the minds of emerging readers to find out how they construct the idea and process of reading. Then he presents a blueprint for instruction and early intervention that combines his new findings with best-practice teaching. His comprehensive instructional model focuses on building the specific skills, capacities, and experiences kids need by teaching them to write as they learn to read. Gentry gives you everything you need to implement successful beginning reading strategies as well as a variety of effective tips for supporting readers and writers throughout the primary grades.

Writing with the same clarity and teacher-friendly approach as in his best-selling The Science of Spelling, Richard Gentry will show you how scientific thinking and student-centered teaching can work together to create powerful literacy instructional practices. Let Breaking the Code open a window for you into the minds of young readers, so that you can open a window for them into a world of literate possibilities.

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“Breaking the Code is a consice manual addressing the what, when, why, and how to reading and writing development....Gentry has thought of everything, creating wide margins that allow readers plenty of room for writing insights for future reference. This book would be an excellent resource for anyone who works with early or struggling readers and is a must for new teachers.”–Childhood Education
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325009223
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 1/25/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 978,468
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

A former struggling speller himself, J. Richard Gentry, Ph.D., has authored three books and a video on the topic with Heinemann, including My Kid Can't Spell (1996), Teaching Kids to Spell (1992), Spel...Is a Four-Letter Word (1989), and Richard Gentry on Spelling (1992), as well as numerous articles in academic journals and textbooks for school-age children. A former elementary teacher and university professor, Gentry is a Heinemann Professional Development provider and has lectured and conducted workshops on literacy and spelling throughout the world. Visit http://JRichardGentry.com for additional information about Richard Gentry and his work.
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Table of Contents

1 A model of skilled reading before we look inside the brain of a reader 1
2 Looking inside the brain - glimmerings of insight from brain scan research and the neurobiology of reading 10
3 Outside-the-brain changes in beginning readers 18
4 Outside-the-brain changes in spellers and writers 28
5 How and why to intervene during the "tadpole" phases of beginning literacy 39
6 The intervention blueprint 45
7 Five phases of intervention, support, and instruction - up as close as you can get 74
8 Reforming kindergartens by teaching writing - visions and voices from the pioneers - plus learning about love 89
9 "The remedy should be applied where the evil commences," otherwise we're in trouble! 110
10 Come see a miracle 134
Postscript : a letter from my mother 154
App The instructional blueprint 157
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