Literacy in the Middle Grades / Edition 2

Paperback (Print)
Rent from
(Save 83%)
Est. Return Date: 03/28/2015
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 39%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $94.29
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 46%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (16) from $94.29   
  • New (6) from $141.57   
  • Used (10) from $94.25   


Written with teachers in grades 4 through 8 in mind, Literacy in the Middle Grades has been crafted to answer the questions of teachers working with young adolescents. By addressing the realities of teaching in the middle grades — the changing needs of adolescents; the increasing diversity in the classroom; the constantly changing technology available to teachers; the newest federal, state, and curricular demands — this thoroughly applied new edition situates literacy instruction in the contemporary classroom to help new and experienced teachers help young adolescents develop strong literacy skills.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Response from the Field…

Literacy does look different with middle to upper grades students. This teaches readers about the essential ingredients in a balanced reading and writing program, then it demonstrates what each piece would look like and gives a “here’s how you do it” example. The what, why, and how of a literacy program are clearly presented.

Carol J. Fuhler, Iowa State University

The compendium is a great feature! The way it’s referenced in the text is also good — it shows students how the various methods and strategies can play out in the actual classroom.

Laura Pardo, Michigan State University

The organization of the text is excellent. The text does a most effective job of helping future teachers understand what literacy is and how to help students achieve literacy.

Hollis Lowery-Moore, Lamar University

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132348492
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 10/2/2009
  • Series: Pearson Custom Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 103,983
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Gail E. Tompkins is Professor Emerita at California State University, Fresno. She regularly works with teachers in their fourth through eighth-grade classrooms and leads staff-development programs on reading and writing. Dr. Tompkins was inducted into the California Reading Association's Reading Hall of Fame in recognition of her publications and other accomplishments in the field of reading, and she has received the prestigious Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching at California State University, Fresno. Previously, Dr. Tompkins taught at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, where she received the Regents' Award for Superior Teaching, and at Miami University in Ohio, where she taught at the McGuffey Laboratory School and worked with preservice teachers. She was also a school teacher in Virginia for eight years.

Dr. Tompkins is the author of six other books published by Pearson: Literacy for the 21st Century: A Balanced Approach, 5th ed. (2010), Language Arts: Patterns of Practice, 7th ed. (2009), Language Arts Essentials, (2006), Teaching Writing: Balancing Process and Product, 5th ed. (2008), 50 Literacy Strategies, 3rd ed. (2009), and two grade-level specific versions of this text: Literacy for the 21st Century: Teaching Reading and Writing in Pre-Kindergarten Through Grade 4, 2nd ed. (2007).

Dr. Tompkins has also worked with grade school through college-level writing teachers at two National Writing Project sites during the last three decades. She directed the Oklahoma Writing Project when she taught at the University of Oklahoma, and more recently she was the director of the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project in California, where she initiated a program to encourage teachers to write for publication. Pearson has published three collections of classroom-tested teaching strategies and lessons written by teachers in the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project: Teaching Vocabulary: 50 Creative Strategies, Grades 6-12, 2nd ed. (2008), edited by Gail E. Tompkins and Cathy L. Blanchfield; 50 Ways to Develop Strategic Writers (2005), also edited by Gail E. Tompkins and Cathy L. Blanchfield; and Sharing the Pen: Interactive Writing With Young Children (2004), edited by Gail E. Tompkins and Stephanie Collom.


Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Part 1: Literacy in the 21st Century

1 Becoming an Effective Literacy Teacher

2 Examining the Reading and Writing Processes

3 Assessing Literacy Learning

4 Differentiating Instruction

Part 2: Powerful Teaching

5 Eliminating Obstacles to Fluency

6 Expanding Academic Vocabulary

7 Promoting Comprehension: Reader Factors

8 Promoting Comprehension: Text Factors

9 Teaching Writing

Part 3: Effective Instructional Programs

10 Teaching with Trade Books

11 Teaching with Textbooks

12 Using Literacy in the Content Areas

Part 4: Compendium of Instructional Procedures

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)