Literacy: Helping Children Construct Meaning / Edition 6

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This popular K–8 reading/literacy methods text focuses on a contemporary, active learning approach as the means for teaching literacy. The Sixth Edition continues to provide pre-service and in-service teachers with a resource that will help them do the most effective job possible, providing balanced literacy instruction for all students, along with strategies and lessons for direct and indirect instruction. This Teaching in Action Edition is packaged with a special guide that correlates text material with HM Video Cases.

  • Chapter 9 provides much needed coverage on how to help children with reading problems, and offers intervention plans and strategies for classroom teachers. This chapter specifically addresses issues for ELL/LEP readers and related issues of diversity.
  • Educator Speaks boxed features contain real-life descriptions of how practitioners have successfully used a strategy in the areas of technology, diversity, and accommodating individual needs.
  • Thorough standards coverage highlights the impact of national, state, and local standards on teachers, students, and schools.
  • Additional coverage includes an emphasis on the needs of upper-elementary and middle school students; children's literature selections accompanied by sample lesson plans; and an emphasis on decoding, vocabulary, and meaning.
  • Eduspace is a dynamic online tool that enhances course management and delivery and allows students to share information, reflect, and review. Eduspace offers students access to such interactive components as HM Video Cases, a discussion board and online journal, and a unique tutorial on developing a teaching portfolio.
  • Houghton Mifflin VideoCases, four- to six-minute video modules presenting real classroom scenarios, enable students to observe the day-to-day challenges and rewards of teaching from the convenience of their computers. Available on the Online Teaching and Study Centers, HM Video Cases are enhanced by classroom artifacts, Viewing Questions, Interview Transcripts, Key Terms, and bonus video footage.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618473939
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/9/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

J. David Cooper (Ed.D., Indiana University) is a retired professor from Ball State University. Prior to teaching at the college level, he taught at elementary and secondary schools in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Cooper has served as a consultant to the Department of Education in Washington, D.C., numerous state departments of education, and school systems throughout the country. Active in the International Reading Association, he has spoken in all 50 states and eight countries. Dr. Cooper has authored or coauthored more than 20 books on the teaching of reading. He has served as an editor of Indiana Reading Quarterly and as a reviewer for such leading journals as The Reading Teacher, Journal of Reading, and National Reading Conference Yearbook. Currently, Dr. Cooper consults on literacy instruction with numerous school districts throughout the United States.

Nancy D. Kiger (Ed.D., Ball State University) has more than 40 years of experience in education. She is retired from the College of Education at the University of Central Florida, where for 15 years she taught courses in reading, language arts, and children's literature as well as supervised student teachers. She also taught at universities in Indiana and Missouri. She began teaching as an elementary classroom teacher; later she taught reading at the elementary and middle-school levels in Indiana. She has been a writer and editor of literacy materials for over 25 years.

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Table of Contents


Note: Each chapter concludes with a summary.

  • 1. Focus on Literacy Learning
    What Is Literacy?
    How Literacy Develops
    Stages of Literacy Development
    The Role of Standards and Benchmarks in Literacy Instruction
    Diversity and Literacy Learning
    Technology and Literacy Learning
    A Partial History of Reading and Literacy
    Principles for Guiding Literacy Learning
    Focus of This Text
    • 2. A Comprehensive Literacy Program
      Comprehensive Literacy Instruction
      Standards and Instruction in a Comprehensive Literacy Program
      Formats for Developing Standards-Based Literacy Lessons
      Sample Guided Listening Lesson
      Texts for a Comprehensive Literacy Program
      • 3. Prior Knowledge: Activating and Developing Concepts and Vocabulary
        Understanding Prior Knowledge, Concept Development, and Vocabulary in Literacy Learning
        The Role of the Teacher
        Strategies for Helping Students Achieve Independence in Activating and Developing Prior Knowledge
        Standards-Based Literacy Lesson: Gladiator
        • 4. How to Teach Strategies for Constructing Meaning
          Strategies and Standards
          Strategies for Constructing Meaning
          Planning Effective Strategy Instruction
          Strategy Lessons: The Minilesson
          A Final Word About Strategies
          • 5. Beginning Literacy: Decoding, Vocabulary, and Meaning
            What You Need to Know About Beginning Reading Instruction
            Routines for Comprehensive Literacy Instruction
            Planning Daily Instruction Using Routines
            Standards-Based Literacy Lesson: No! No! Titus
            • 6. Beyond Beginning Literacy: Decoding, Vocabulary, and Meaning
              Standards at the Upper Elementary andMiddle School Levels
              Vocabulary Development
              Elements of Effective Vocabulary Development
              Guidelines for Effective Vocabulary Instruction
              Standards-Based Literacy Lesson: Ananse's Feast
              • 7. Responding and the Construction of Meaning
                Responding: What It Means and Why It Is Important
                A Classroom Atmosphere That Promotes Responding
                Procedures That Promote Responding to Literature
                • 8. Writing and the Construction of Meaning
                  Why Writing and Reading Together?
                  Standards and Writing
                  Ways to Think About Writing
                  Activities That Connect Reading and Writing
                  Process Writing: A Way to Construct Meaning
                  Sample Lesson Using the Shared Writing Routine
                  Writing Conventions
                  Using Technology to Support Writing and Reading
                  • 9. Helping Struggling Readers
                    Who Are Struggling Readers?
                    The Comprehensive Literacy Program, Standards, and Struggling Readers
                    Identifying Struggling Readers
                    Core Instruction for Struggling Readers
                    Intervention for Struggling Readers
                    Finding Time for Struggling Readers
                    • 10. Developing a Management System for a Comprehensive Literacy Classroom
                      Organizing Your Comprehensive Literacy Classroom
                      The Literacy Classroom
                      Developing a Management System
                      Meeting the Needs of All Students
                      • 11. Assessment and Evaluation in the Comprehensive Literacy Classroom
                        A Current View of Assessment
                        Principles to Guide Effective Assessment
                        Using Standards to Guide Assessment
                        Organizing Assessment Information for Instructional Use
                        Assessment Techniques
                        Making Decisions from Assessment Data
                        What to Do About Grading
                        • Handbook Resource
                          The English Sound System
                          Structural Analysis
                          Teaching Phonics and Structural Analysis
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