What's Whole in Whole Language / Edition 20

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What's Whole in Whole Language, one of the best selling reading books of all time (250,000 copies sold) is back in print. This updated edition, with a timely new afterword by author Ken Goodman, emeritus professor of education at the University of Arizona, unravels a riddle that has long troubled parents, teachers and scholars: learning language sometimes seems ridiculously easy and sometimes impossibly hard. And, too often, the easy times are outside school, the hard times in school.

Embraced by teachers worldwide, whole language has sparked renewed interest in well written trade books instead of boring and unnatural textbooks that actually diminish interest in reading. What's Whole in Whole Language has encouraged teachers to create their own classroom libraries. It has encouraged parents and children to visit libraries and bookstores to pick out classics and books by promising new authors. And it has sparked a reading renaissance in this country. A new generation of authors writing for children and young adults has responded enthusiastically to increasing demand for books that are relevant to our time.

This 20th anniversary edition responds to renewed interest in whole language among parents, teachers, and administrators looking for more learner friendly alternatives to the hostile test and text book mandates of the federal No Child Left Behind act. . Teachers and parents will find many ideas in this book for helping children make sense of print and build a life-long love of reading.

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This 20th-anniversary edition includes a new introduction by the author. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571431196
  • Publisher: RDR Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Edition description: Annual
  • Edition number: 20
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,483,311
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Whole Language: THe easy Way to Language Developement
Language: What and Why?
Language Learning: How Does It Happen?
School: A Whole Language View
Whole Language: What Makes It Whole?
Developing Literacy: Whole Lanuage The Whole Way
Revaluing: An Alternative to Remediation
Reality: The State of the Language Arts
Whole Language: Not Without a Whole Language Teacher
Afterword: Whole Language and the Pedagogy of the Absurd
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