Now in its sixth edition, Striking a Balance clearly illustrates how to create a comprehensive early literacy program that places direct skills instruction within the context of rich and varied reading and writing experiences.
Text discussions, dynamic activities, and valuable appendices provide a variety of effective instructional resources, selected based on research and teacher testimonials. The sixth edition incorporates recent updates to national and state standards, as well as expanded sections on working with English language learners and students with special needs, while maintaining the book’s essential features: classroom vignettes, discussion questions, field-based activities, a student website, and study guide.
An essential resource for early literacy instructors, this textbook’s practical approach fundamentally demonstrates how children develop authentic literacy skills through a combination of direct strategy instruction and motivating contexts.
1. A Child Learns to Read 2. A Quest for Balance 3. Emergent Literacy 4. Phonemic Awareness 5. Phonics, Sight Vocabulary, and Fluency 6. Spelling 7. Acquiring Word Meanings 8. Reading Comprehension 9. Writing–Reading Connections 10. Informational Text in the Classroom 11. Large- and Small-Group Reading Strategies 12. Literacy and Technology in a Balanced Classroom 13. Assessment of Early Literacy Development 14. Home as Partner 15. The Early Literacy Classroom