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Creating Literacy Instruction for All Children in Grades 4 to 8 is the first book of its kind. Based on its highly successful parent text, this comprehensive, practical text provides its readers with step-by-step guidance for teaching children in grades 4 to 8 all major aspects of reading and writing. In response to today's needs to tailor instruction for the middle grades (4-8), this new text features sample lessons for virtually every major literacy skill/strategy and offers numerous reinforcement suggestions and generous listings of materials appropriate for grades 4 to 8.

What Makes This Book the First of its Kind...

  • "Lessons" throughout the text provide step-by-step lesson plans for nearly every area of literacy instruction. All lessons include suggestions for assessment.
  • "Help for Struggling Readers and Writers" sections throughout the text!
  • Emphasis on English Language Learners within regular classrooms and marginal annotations on Adapting Instruction for English Language Learners.
  • Unique "Leveling Books System" enables students to better understand what makes a book difficult to read, and allows them to label books on their own!
  • Unique Appendix A includes a graded listing of 800 books!
  • Action Plans provide specific suggestions for applying each of the key concepts and assessment and teaching suggestions discussed in each chapter.
Dr. Thomas Gunning currently teaches a variety of reading methods courses at Central Connecticut State University. He has conducted research on phonics, and has createdhis own word analysis program, which is known as Word Building. The author has also created a number of informal assessment devices and conducted research on reading interests. He has devised a collaborative comprehension approach known as Reading Seminar. Dr. Gunning has written several published comprehension programs and just completed Building Literacy in the Content Areas. He recently revised Assessing and Correcting Reading and Writing Difficulties, 2e, (2002) and Creating Literacy Instruction for All Children, 4e, (2003). The author wrote Best Books for Beginning Readers (1997), Best Books for Building Literacy for Elementary School Children (1999), Building Words: A Resource Manual for Teaching Word Analysis and Spelling Skills and Strategies (2001), and Phonological Awareness and Primary Phonics (2000). All are Allyn & Bacon books.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205464593
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/27/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Each chapter begins with “Anticipation Guide,” and “Using What you Know;" and concludes with “Summary,” “Extending and Applying,” “Developing a Professional Portfolio,” and “Developing a Resource File.”

1. The Nature of Literacy and Today's Children.

The Nature of Reading.

Importance of Literacy Models.

Approach Taken by This Text.

Stages of Reading Development.

Status of Literacy.

Standards Movement.

A Reading and Writing Program for Today's Students.

2. Evaluation.

The Nature of Evaluation.

Placement Information.

Norm-Referenced versus Criterion-Referenced Tests.

Judging Assessment Measures.

Reporting Performance.

Functional Level Assessment.

Other Methods of Assessment.


Evaluating Writing.


Basal Reader Assessment.

Screening and Diagnostic Instruments and Classroom Based Assessment.

3. Teaching Phonics, High-Frequency Words, and Syllabic Analysis.

How Words Are Read.

Teaching the Word-Building Approach.

Using Word Analysis References.

Using an Integrated Approach.

Teaching Phonics to English Language Learners.

Strategy Instruction.

Adapting Basal Reader Instruction.

High-Frequency Words.

Building Fluency.

Syllabic Analysis.

Help for Struggling Readers and Writers.

Essential Standards.


4. Building Vocabulary.

The Need for Vocabulary Instruction.

Stages of Word Knowledge.

Seven Principles of Developing Vocabulary.

Techniques for Teaching Words.

A Planned Program.

Remembering Vocabulary.

Teaching Special Features of Words.

Learning How to Learn Words.

Supplying Corrrective Feedback.

Help for Struggling Readers and Writers.

Essential Standards.


5. Comprehension: Theory and Strategies.

The Process of Comprehending.

Comprehension Strategies.

Learning Environment.

Integration of Strategies.

Importance of Affective Factors.

Help for Struggling Readers and Writers.

Essential Standards.


6. Comprehension: Text Structures and Teaching Procedures.

Nature of the Text.

The Role of Questions in Comprehension.

Frameworks for Fostering Comprehension.

The Cloze Procedure.

Critical Reading.

Help for Struggling Readers and Writers.

Essential Standards.


7. Reading and Writing in the Content Areas of Study Skills.

Overall Goals of Literacy Instruction in the Content Areas.

Children's Books in the Content Areas.

Group Inventory Placement.

Instructional Techniques.

Teaching Content-Area Knowledge.

Reading for Conceptual Change.

Writing to Learn.

Sheltered English.

Reading to Remember.

Fostering Retention.

SQ3R: A Theory-Based Study Strategy.

Study Habits.

Expressive Study Skills.

Metacognitive Study Strategies.

Help for Struggling Readers and Writers.

Essential Standards.


8. Reading Literature.

Experiencing Literature.

Types of Literature.

Voluntary Reading.

The Importance of Sharing and Instruction in Developing Avid Readers.

Help for Struggling Readers and Writers.

Essential Standards.


9. Approaches to Teaching Reading.

Changing Approaches to Teaching Reading.

Basal Approach.

Literature-Based Approach.

Individualized Reading-Reading Workshop.

Language-Experience Approach.

Whole Language.

Guided Reading.

Four Blocks.

An Integrated Approach.

Help for Struggling Readers and Writers.

10. Writing and Reading.

The Roots of Writing.

Guided Writing.

The Process Approach to Writing.

Writing Workshop.

Thinking and Reading Like a Writer.

Interpersonal Writing.

Improving Expository Writing.

Guiding the Writing of Reports.

Assessing and Improving Writing: The Key Traits Approach.

Technology and Writing.

Reading Helps Writing.

A Full Menu.

Help for Struggling Readers and Writers.

Essential Standards.


11. Diversity in the Classroom.

Teaching All Students.

Students at Risk.

Students with Learning Disabilities.

Gifted and Talented.


Intervention Programs.

Help for Struggling Readers and Writers.

12. Creating and Managing a Literacy Program.

Constructing a Literacy Program.

Managing a Literacy Program.

Literacy and Technology.

Literacy in Today's and Tomorrow's World.

Professional Development.

Essential Standards.

Appendix A: Graded Listing of 800+ Children's Books.

Appendix B: Informal Assessment of Key Skills and Strategies.



Photo Credits.
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