Teaching Literacy in Sixth Grade

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Sixth grade marks the transition to middle school and, for many students, the transition to early adolescence. The sixth-grade classroom is a place where problem-solving and abstract thinking skills can flourish as teachers devise creative ways to integrate language arts with effective content-area instruction. This book walks the reader through everyday life in a successful sixth-grade language arts/social studies classroom and provides foundational knowledge and hands-on strategies for working with diverse learners.
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"Children at the start of school ,but young adolescents by springtime, sixth graders are very much into 'becoming.' Their curiosity is heightened, their desire for activity and involvement is all too apparent. Guiding the learning of these diverse, in-motion kids is a demanding but fun-filled challenge, and this useful book is up to the task. The authors provide sound, imaginative, and effective techniques and strategies for helping youth build their abilities to appreciate and use language. This is a treasure chest of information that teachers will want to keep on hand."/m-/John H. Lounsbury, EdD, Georgia College & State University

"Wood and Mraz introduce the unique challenges faced by early adolescent learners and offer instructional strategies that meet students’ emotional, social, and intellectual needs. Through classroom descriptions, case scenarios, and practical teaching strategies, the authors have created an invaluable, much-needed resource for preservice and new sixth-grade literacy teachers."--Erica C. Boling, PhD, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

“This book is a 'must read' for beginning middle-school literacy and content area educators. It will provide you with foundational knowledge of the sixth-grade learner and of effective middle school practices, such as block scheduling, team planning, and communicating with families. You form a relationship with 'Ms. A' as you walk step by step with her through planning your year, responding to state standards and grade level expectations, implementing a variety of teaching methods with a diverse population of students, and motivating and assessing students along the way. This book sets new middle school educators up for success in their first year of teaching!”--Karyn Carlson, MS, literacy specialist and education consultant, Estero, Florida

"Wood and Mraz hit the bull's-eye with this new and compelling exploration of middle school literacy. They provide revealing and authentic insights into the work of sixth-grade teachers and offer a blueprint for teaching and learning in a standards-based curriculum. This book belongs in every middle school teacher's professional library. It will serve well as a college text or guide to professional growth and development."--Jo Anne L. Vacca, PhD and Richard T. Vacca, PhD, Department of Teaching, Leadership, and Curriculum Studies (Emeriti), Kent State University

"Wood and Mraz have crafted an extremely comprehensive and practical guide for engaging sixth-grade students in meaningful, developmentally appropriate literacy learning. By walking in the shoes of one middle school teacher, educators will gain insight and best-practice strategies that can be immediately adopted and implemented in any sixth-grade classroom." --Mary Anne Rossbach, MSEd, sixth-grade teacher, Sunrise Valley Elementary School, Reston, Virginia

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"Written by outstanding educators who are knowledgeable about research, theory, and practice....The organization of the book is to be commended, since it provides the big picture of what it means to teach literacy in sixth grade....A practical, user-friendly resource on sixth grade literacy instruction for practicing and preservice teachers....offers a glimpse of the professional life of a sixth grade teacher....provides the reader with a vision of how excellent teaching should look under the most ideal teaching conditions....The book serves as a valuable tool for the novice teacher."--Education Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593851590
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/6/2005
  • Series: Tools for Teaching Literacy
  • Pages: 145
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Wood, PhD, is Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She received a doctorate in Reading Education from the University of Georgia. A former middle school teacher and K-12 Literacy Coordinator, Dr. Wood is the author of over 175 articles, chapters, and books, all of which involve translating research and theory into classroom practice. She is the originator and has been the editor of the "Out of Research -- Into Practice" column in the Middle School Journal since 1986 and is the former coeditor of Reading Research and Instruction. Her most recent books are Integrating Reading and Writing in Middle and Secondary Classrooms and Literacy Strategies across the Subject Areas.

Maryann Mraz, PhD, is Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She received a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Kent State University. A former classroom teacher and program administrator, she is the author of numerous articles, chapters, and instructional materials related to literacy instruction, policy issues in literacy education, and the professional development of teachers. With Timothy Rasinski and Nancy Padak, she is coauthor of the forthcoming Evidence-Based Instruction in Reading: A Professional Development Guide to Phonemic Awareness.

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Table of Contents

1. A Day in the Life of a Sixth-Grade Teacher: The School, the Classroom, the Learner, Lynne Bailey and Jeanneine Jones
2. Standards and Goals for Sixth-Grade Literacy Learning
3. Establishing a Supportive Literacy Environment
4. Assessing Students and Communicating with Families
5. A Week in a Sixth-Grade Classroom: A Multidisciplinary View
6. Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners in the Sixth-Grade Classroom
7. Flexible Grouping in the Sixth-Grade Classroom
8. Resources for Teachers
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