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Creating Literacy Instruction for All Children in Grades Pre-K to 4, MyLabSchool Edition / Edition 1

Creating Literacy Instruction for All Children in Grades Pre-K to 4, MyLabSchool Edition / Edition 1

by Thomas G. Gunning


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780205464586
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Publication date: 12/23/2004
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 608
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Thomas G. Gunning has taught courses in methods of teaching reading and writing for more than 20 years and was director of the Reading Clinic at Southern Connecticut State University. Before that, as a secondary English teacher, a reading specialist, and an elementary school reading consultant, he worked extensively with achieving and struggling readers and writers. Dr. Gunning, who recently served as a Reading First consultant, is currently working with elementary and middle school students to help them develop higher level literacy skills, as well as serving as an adjunct professor in the Reading/Language Arts Department at Central Connecticut State University. Over the years, Dr. Gunning’s research has explored reading interests, informal reading inventories, decoding strategies, readability, higher-level literacy skills, and response to intervention. As a result of this research, he has created a number of informal assessments and programs for developing decoding and comprehension skills.

Table of Contents

Each chapter begins with “Anticipation Guide,” and “Using What You Know. ”Most chapters conclude with “Help for Struggling Readers and Writers,” “Essential Standards,” “Assessment,” “Summary,” “Extending and Applying,” “Developing a Professional Portfolio,” and “Developing a Resource File.”

Special Features.


1. The Nature of Literacy and Today’s Children.

The Nature of Reading.

The Readers Role in the Reading Process.

Approaches to Reading Instruction: Whole versus Part Learning.

Stages of Reading Development.

No Child Left Behind.

Scientifically Based Reading Instruction.

A Reading and Writing Program for Today’s Students.

2. Evaluation.

The Nature of Evaluation.

Placement Information.

Norm-Referenced versus Criterion-Referenced Tests.

Judging Assessment Measures.

Reporting Performance.

Functional Level Assessment.

Other Methods of Assessment.


Evaluating Writing.


Basal Reader Assessment.

Screening and Diagnostic Instruments and Classroom-Based Assessment.

Assessing English Language Learners.

Assessing Materials.

3. Fostering Emergent/Early Literacy.

Understanding Emergent Literacy.

Fostering Emergent Literacy.

Making Reading and Writing a Part of Classroom Activities.

Core Activities for Building Emergent/Early Literacy.

Reading in Preschool.

Federal Initiatives.

Effective Preschool Programs.

Working with Parents.

Monitoring Emergent Literacy.

4. Teaching Phonics, High-Frequency Words, and Syllabic Analysis.

Rationale and Approaches for Phonics Instruction.

How Words Are Read.

Stages in Reading Words.

Basic Principles of Phonics Instruction.

Phonics Elements.

Scope and Sequence.

Using Word Analysis References.

Using an Integrated Approach.

Teaching Phonics to English Language Learners.

Phonics and Spelling.

Strategy Instruction.

Adapting Basal Reader Instruction.

Decodable Texts.

Teaching Phonics to English Language Learners.

High-Frequency Words.

Building Fluency.

Syllabic Analysis.

5. Building Vocabulary.

The Need for Vocabulary Instruction.

Stages of Word Knowledge.

Seven Principles of Developing Vocabulary.

Techniques for Teaching Words.

Teaching Special Features of Words.

Learning How to Learn Words.

Supplying Corrective Feedback.

6. Comprehension: Theory and Strategies.

The Process of Comprehending.

Comprehension Strategies.

Social-Constructivist Nature of Comprehension.

Learning Environment.

Integration of Strategies.

Importance of Affective Factors.

7. Comprehension: Text Structures and Teaching Procedures.

Nature of the Text.

The Role of Questions in Comprehension.

Frameworks for Fostering Comprehension.

Modified Cloze Procedure.

Critical Reading.

Applying Literacy Skills to the Content Areas.

Children’s Books in the Content Areas.

Chapter Organization and Text Structure.

KWL Plus: A Technique for Before, During, and After Reading.

Writing to Learn.

Sheltered English.

8. Reading Literature.

Experiencing Literature.

Types of Literature.

Voluntary Reading.

9. Approaches to Teaching Reading.

Changing Approaches to Teaching Reading.

Basal Approach.

Literature-Based Approach.

Individualized Reading Workshop.

Language-Experience Approach.

Whole Language.

Guided Reading.

Four Blocks.

An Integrated Approach.

10. Writing and Reading.

The Roots of Writing.

Guided Writing.

The Process Approach to Writing.

Writing Workshop.

Thinking and Reading Like a Writer.

Interpersonal Writing.

Improving Expository Writing.

Guiding the Writing of Reports.

Assessing and Improving Writing: The Key Traits Approach.

Technology and Writing.

Reading Helps Writing.

A Full Menu.

11. Diversity in the Classroom.

Teaching All Students.

Making Use of Diverse Ways of Responding.

Accepting the Students Language.

Overview of Program for English Language Learners.

Using Technology to Assist English Language Learners.


Title 1 and Remedial Programs.

Intervention Programs.

12. Creating and Managing a Literacy Program.

Constructing a Literacy Program.

Managing a Literacy Program.

Literacy and Technology.

Literacy in Today’s and Tomorrow’s World.

Professional Development.

Appendix A: Graded Listing of 1000+ Children’s Books.

Appendix B: Informal Assessment of Key Skills and Strategies.



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