How to Reach and Teach All Children Through Balanced Literacy: User-Friendly Strategies, Tools, Activities, and Ready-to-Use Materials; Grades 3-8

How to Reach and Teach All Children Through Balanced Literacy: User-Friendly Strategies, Tools, Activities, and Ready-to-Use Materials; Grades 3-8

by Julie A. Heimburge, Sandra F. Rief M.A.
     
 

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How to Reach and Teach All Children Through Balanced Literacy offers you a handbook for teaching literacy to diverse students in grades 3-8. The balanced literacy method combines the best practices of phonics and other skill-based language instruction with the holistic, literature-based approach in order to help you teach reading, writing, and speaking in a

Overview

How to Reach and Teach All Children Through Balanced Literacy offers you a handbook for teaching literacy to diverse students in grades 3-8. The balanced literacy method combines the best practices of phonics and other skill-based language instruction with the holistic, literature-based approach in order to help you teach reading, writing, and speaking in a clear and approachable format.

This dynamic resource offers an easily accessible research-based approach to balanced literacy that is grounded in the innovative ideas developed by authors Sandra F. Rief and Julie A. Heimburge. The book includes detailed descriptions of what a balanced literacy classroom looks like and shows how to create a program from the ground up or give your existing program a boost. The book can be used across content areas and is filled with reproducible worksheets, activities, and other handy classroom tools. Some topics covered include:

  • Shared book experiences
  • Reading aloud
  • Oral language and vocabulary development
  • Guided reading for comprehension
  • Modeled writing
  • Reading and writing conferences
  • Book clubs
  • Content area reading and writing
  • Ongoing assessments
  • Enhancing literacy through technology

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"I enthusiastically endorse Rief and Heimburge's new book. It provides research-based practice that is reader friendly with strategies perfect for classroom use. A wealth of information for the new and experienced teacher is dealt with in this book."—Lesley Mandel Morrow, Ph.D., professor of literacy, Rutgers, and past president, International Reading Association

"An excellent resource in helping teachers become experts at what they are teaching, what the intended student learning is, and the skills, concepts, and habits we want our children to develop. This is a true must-read for all teachers of literacy."—Sonia Menendez, New York City Department of Education, local instructional superintendent, Region 1, Bronx, New York

"I enthusiastically endorse Rief and Heimburge's new book How to Reach and Teach All Children. The volume is comprehensive dealing with important issues about literacy instruction. It provides research-based practice that is reader friendly with strategies perfect for classroom use. It is a pleasure to see topics such as setting up the classroom environment, making oral language a priority, a thematic approach to literacy instruction as part of a book that deals with children in grades 3 to 8. Most often they are not dealt with in the upper elementary grades and are so important. A wealth of information for the new and experienced teacher is dealt with in this book."—Lesley Mandel Morrow, Ph.D., professor of literacy, Rutgers, and past president, International Reading Association

"It truly is a pleasure to have a ‘how-to’ guide to support teachers in implementing the components of the reading and writing workshop. The authors clearly scaffold teachers' learning by describing what each component is and how to provide concrete instructional strategies that will develop independent, life-long readers and writers. How to Reach and Teach All Children Through Balanced Literacy is an excellent resource in helping teachers become experts at what they are teaching, what the intended student learning is, and the skills, concepts, and habits we want our children to develop. This is a true must-read for all teachers of literacy."—Sonia Menendez, New York City Department of Education, local instructional superintendent, Region 1, Bronx, NY

"Is it possible to meet the needs of every student in the upper-grade language arts classroom? This dynamic book details every aspect of a balanced literacy program, as well as provides a wealth of strategies and activities that work! A must for any teacher trying to bridge the gap between slower-progressing and advanced learners."—Nancy Fetzer, M.A., author, Writing Connections and Reading Connections

"Sandra Rief and Julie Heimburge's years of experience teaching diverse learners have uniquely informed their work on balanced literacy, effectively addressing the ever-widening spectrum of needs in classrooms today. All my staff, both general and special education, will want to read this latest book."—Dayla Sims, Ed.D., principal, Roosevelt-Carson Elementary School, Lawndale, California

"This book should be on every teacher's desk; it is an invaluable resource for effective reading and writing strategies and helpful classroom ideas! Like a good piece of chocolate cake, it's rich in texture, has many delicious layers, and is chock full of tasty advice." —Arlyne Skolnik, reading teacher, Long Beach School District, New York

"Brimming with effective approaches to word study, vocabulary, and fluency development. Rief and Heimburge provide a menu of effective word study strategies; each one is instructionally sound and reliable. Collectively, this menu provides a blend of skill practice and challenge, while at the same time allowing for the social interaction children and young adolescents need. Offers a wealth of useful tips for teachers."—Susan Ebbers, reading specialist and author, Vocabulary Through Morphemes

"Sandra Rief and Julie Heimburge detail the complexity of reading and writing difficulties from a balanced view of research and the reality of teaching students who struggle to learn. Teachers will greatly benefit from the thorough coverage of the struggling reader within this text." —Joyce Wheaton, professor, Frostburg State University, and chair. Balanced Reading Instruction Special Interest Group, International Reading Association

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787988050
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/17/2007
Series:
J-B Ed: Reach and Teach Series , #88
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
8.52(w) x 11.04(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Sandra F. Rief, M.A., is an internationally known speaker, teacher trainer, consultant, and author of several best-selling books including How to Reach and Teach Children with ADD/ADHD. She lives in San Diego, California.

Julie A. Heimburge, M.A., coauthor of the best-selling How to Reach and Teach All Children in the Inclusive Classroom, is a veteran classroom teacher, with extensive experience as a staff developer, curriculum writer, and literacy coach. She lives in San Diego, California.

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