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Comprehensive Literacy Instruction in Today's Classrooms: The Whole, the Parts, and the Heart / Edition 1

Comprehensive Literacy Instruction in Today's Classrooms: The Whole, the Parts, and the Heart / Edition 1

by Diane H. Nettles


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Comprehensive Literacy Instruction in Today's Classrooms: The Whole, the Parts, and the Heart / Edition 1

Get to the heart of the matter—how do children learn to read, and learn to love to read?

Giving you the confidence you need to teach reading in today's classrooms, Diane Nettles takes you on a journey of understanding reading as a literary social endeavor (the whole), of learning to teach the skills children need to be successful readers (the parts), and finally, of motivating children to read a lot—the "heart" of learning to read. Readers of this no-nonsense textbook are reflective as they learn scientifically-based strategies for teaching the "whole," the "parts," and the "heart" of literacy.

What makes Comprehensive Literacy Instruction in Today's Classrooms: The Whole, the Parts, and the Heart unique?

  • It’s packed with in-class lessons, illustrating the concepts you are learning, that you can take right into your classroom!
  • "The Diverse Reading Classroom" boxes in every chapter include in-depth information about a particular topic from a broad diversity perspective—defined as cultural, inclusion, gifted & talented, and so forth, not just ethnic diversity.
  • "Modified Instruction for ELL" boxes at the end of every chapter include special lesson plans for adapting lessons for English language learners.
  • "Home-School Connection" boxes in every chapter offer recommendations and hands-on activities for involving parents or guardians in the development of their children’s literacy.
What are professors saying about Comprehensive Literacy Instruction in Today's Classrooms?
"The main strength of the material. . .is the model ofinstruction provided, specifically the addition of ‘the heart’ component. Texts typically address the whole and parts components—addressing the heart issues provides a more comprehensive model."

—Maureen Kincaid, North Central College

"The strengths of this text include the breadth and depth of content and illustrations/examples. Another strength is the interactive nature of involving the reader at the beginning of each chapter with an exercise that gets them into the material. The examples and ready to use instructional aids makes this a valuable text. The many suggestions for using specific children’s literature with the instructional activities are extremely helpful for the pre-service and novice teacher."
—Dennis Kear, Wichita State University

Comprehensive Literacy Instruction in Today's Classrooms
teaches you to teach kids to love to read!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900205344252
Publisher: Pearson
Publication date: 09/26/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 592
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

1. Understanding the Big Picture:  How Do Children Learn to Read and Write?

2. A Model of Instruction: Making Teaching Decisions about Literacy.   


3. Meeting the Literacy Needs of English Language Learners.  


4. Assessing Reading and Writing.


5. Understanding the Nature of Fiction and Nonfiction. 


6. Developing Emerging Literacy.   

7. Teaching Young Children to Decode Independently.  


8. Teaching Word Study.


9. Scaffolding Literacy Learning.   

10. Explicit Instruction of Comprehension Strategies.   


11. Facilitating Your Students’ Prior Knowledge.  


12. Facilitating Your Students’ Comprehension.   


13. Reading, Writing, and Responding.  


14. Helping Students Become Fluent Readers.


15. Adapting Instruction.

Appendix A.

State Department of Education Sites for Location of State Standards Pertaining to Reading and Language Arts.

Appendix B.

Strategies for Promoting Literacy Instruction.  




Children’s Book References.



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