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Literacy Links: Practical Strategies to Develop the Emergent Literacy At-Risk Children Need

Literacy Links: Practical Strategies to Develop the Emergent Literacy At-Risk Children Need


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When young children have been deprived of literacy-building experiences, is it fair for them to start school being taught the same way as those with a rich reading and writing background?

No, it's NOT fair, says reading expert Laura Robb. That's why she helped develop Literacy Links, a highly successful early intervention program, and why she wrote this book. Dedicated to young children with little exposure to literacy activities at home, the program provides the background knowledge these children need to succeed. The book explains exactly how this works.

Thoroughly comprehensive and practical, Literacy Links offers strategy after strategy to help literacy-deprived young learners. Robb has found that giving students the opportunity to experience family storybook reading at school works best. She offers four ways to reconstruct that experience and develop emergent literacy by

  • organizing small separate kindergarten classes that respond to the children's needs and progress
  • training adults to conduct family storybook reading within a regular school day
  • building the literacy knowledge of small groups through a balanced read-aloud program and writing workshop
  • setting up a summer school program for children who would benefit from more reading and writing.
These techniques, in fact, will benefit all children, regardless of background.

Enhanced by plentiful student work, reproducibles, and photographs, Literacy Links is just the book needed by classroom teachers, Title I Directors, and any administrator who's serious about developing emergent literacy in every child.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780325004426
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 03/03/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range: 4 - 6 Years

About the Author

Laura Robb is the author of several classic books on literacy, including Teaching Reading in Middle School (second edition, 2010) and Teaching Nonfiction Writing: A Practical Guide. She brings more than four decades of teaching experience to her authorship and her professional development workshops, which she conducts throughout the country. She is a sought-after speaker, beloved by teachers for her commitment to children and adolescents and her ability to show what best practices look like in day-to-day teaching. In addition to her speaking and consulting, she teaches part time in grades K - 8. Recently, the Nassau Reading Council presented Robb with its 2009 Friend of Literacy Award. A survey conducted by Instructormagazine named Robb as one of the nation's top twenty educators. Laura Robb lives in Winchester, Virginia. Visit for teaching tips and to find out more about her in-service offerings. Listen to an interview with Laura Robb on Education Talk Radio - 12/06/2011 (42:17)

Table of Contents

Changing the Landscape for Literacy-Deprived Learners

An Overview of Emergent Literacy

Planning for and Organizing the Year

Assessing and Selecting Children for Literacy Links

Constructing a Balanced Read-Aloud Program

Interactive, Shared, and Independent Writing

Word Play, Pretend Play, and Centers

School, Home, and Community Connections

Evaluation and Beyond Appendixes: A. Books About Phonemic Awareness B. Rhyming Books C. Patterned and Repetitive Books D. Nonfiction Read-Alouds E. Books Children Will Want to Hear Again and Again F. Alphabet Books G. Counting Books H. Log of Story Books Read Each Week

High-Frequency Words J. Discussion Graph for Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells K. Take-Home Stories Form L. Making Masking Devices

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