Reading More, Reading Better

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Teaching Students Specific Literacy Skills is Important-But Equally Critical, and Often overlooked, is giving them the time and opportunity to read actual texts. Bringing together leading scholars, this book focuses on how teachers can improve both the quality and quantity of reading experiences in K-12 classrooms. Essential topics include factors that make reading tasks more or less productive for different types of learners, ways to balance independent reading with whole-class and small-group instruction, how to choose appropriate texts, and the connections between reading engagement and proficiency. The relevant research literature is reviewed, and exemplary practices and programs are described.

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"Recommended. Professional collections."--Choice Reviews
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"This book tackles essential issues about how texts are selected and used in schools. It provides a critical and in-depth examination of how texts can be used to empower students and transform how they engage with reading and learning."--Leigh A. Hall, PhD, School of Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Here is a truly distinctive work that breathes new life into traditional discussions of reading. The authors skillfully rely on scientific research to promote literacy instruction that is holistic, student centered, varied, relevant, and current. The book offers a mosaic of perspectives that will inform novice and experienced teachers, reading specialists, literacy coaches, and administrators about how to best meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student population."--Susan V. Piazza, EdD, Assistant Professor of Literacy Studies, Western Michigan University

"Comprehensive and authoritative, this book includes practical recommendations, research summaries, interesting commentary, and applications for frequently underserved groups, such as students with learning disabilities and English language learners. It will be required reading for anyone interested in productive classroom-based reading experiences that are based in science."--Matthew Burns, PhD, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota; Acting Co-Director, Minnesota Center for Reading Research

"This volume brings together exemplary scholars to offer the reader a comprehensive view of the correlation between opportunity to read and reading achievement. Each thought-provoking chapter includes powerful insights into providing productive reading experiences. Bridging the gap between theory, research, policy, and practice, this is a perfect choice for graduate courses or teacher study groups. Every reading professional must read this book!"--Tabatha Dobson Scharlach, PhD, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Central Florida

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606232859
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/21/2009
  • Series: Solving Problems in the Teaching of Literacy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 273
  • Sales rank: 1,439,170
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Elfrieda H. Hiebert, PhD, is Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also a principal investigator at the National Center for Research on the Educational Achievement and Teaching of English Language Learners. Dr. Hiebert has worked in the field of early reading acquisition for 40 years as a classroom teacher, teacher educator, and researcher. Her research addresses methods for supporting students who depend on schools to become literate and for fostering students’ reading fluency, vocabulary, and knowledge through appropriate texts. Dr. Hiebert’s model of accessible texts for beginning and struggling readers--TExT (Text Elements by Task--has been used to develop several reading programs that are widely used in schools. Dr. Hiebert is a recipient of the William S. Gray Citation of Merit, awarded by the International Reading Association, and a member of the Reading Hall of Fame. Her publications have contributed to making research accessible to educators. She is the author or editor of 10 books as well as numerous journal articles.

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Table of Contents

I. Frameworks on Reading More and Better

1. Opportunity to Read: A Critical but Neglected Construct in Reading Instruction, Elfrieda H. Hiebert and Leigh Ann Martin

2. If They Don't Read Much…30 Years Later, Richard L. Allington

3. Promoting Reasons for Reading: Teacher Practices That Impact Motivation, Angela McRae and John T. Guthrie

II. Instruction that Supports More and Better Reading

4. Increasing Opportunities to Acquire Knowledge through Reading, Gina N. Cervetti, Carolyn A. Jaynes, and Elfrieda H. Hiebert

5. Series Books, Graphic Novels, Comics, and Magazines: Unauthorized Texts, Authorized Literacy Practices, Anne McGill-Franzen and Stergios


6. How Much and What Are Third Graders Reading?

 Reading in Core Programs, Devon Brenner, Elfrieda H. Hiebert, and Renarta Tompkins

7. Time, Engagement, and Support: Lessons from a 4-Year Fluency Intervention, Melanie R. Kuhn and Paula J. Schwanenflugel

III. Critical Factors in Supporting More and Better Reading

8. The Challenge of Advanced Texts: The Interdependence of Reading and Learning, Marilyn Jager Adams

9. Increasing Reading Opportunities for English Language Learners, Elizabeth Bernhardt

10. Text Reading and Students with Learning Disabilities, Elizabeth A. Swanson, Jade Wexler, and Sharon Vaughn

11. Text Difficulty in Reading Assessment, Barbara R. Foorman

IV. Summary

12. Creating Opportunities to Read More So That Students Read Better, Linda B. Gambrell

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