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.
About 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.
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
Sixth-grade teachers; staff developers; students in upper elementary and middle grades education and literacy education. Serves as a supplemental text in middle and secondary literacy methods courses.