1st Edition

Teaching Early Literacy
Development, Assessment, and Instruction

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ISBN 9781593851064
Published January 5, 2005 by Guilford Press
246 Pages

USD $39.00

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Book Description

Grounded in cutting-edge theory and research about literacy development, this book is filled with practical assessment and instructional ideas for teachers in grades Pre-K-3. Engaging vignettes show how everyday conversations and activities offer rich opportunities both for evaluating children's current level of knowledge and helping them progress towards more sophisticated and rewarding interactions with reading and writing.

Throughout, the book highlights ways to work effectively with English-language learners and their families, a theme that is the exclusive focus of two chapters. Other timely topics covered include creative uses of technology and ways to engage with popular culture in the classroom.

Over two dozen reproducible assessment tools and handouts enhance the utility of this volume as an instructional resource, professional development tool, or graduate-level text.

Table of Contents

1. The Intersection of Literacy Learning and Instruction
2. Exploring Developing Literacy
3. Developing Literacy and English Language Learners
4. Beginning Literacy
5. Early Literacy and Technology
6. Transitional Literacy
7. Transitional Literacy and English Language Learners
8. Engaging Families
9. Issues in Early Literacy
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In the graduate program that I direct, we emphasize the preparation of teachers for very diverse classrooms. I will definitely use this book as a text in my early literacy courses. It contains many wonderful, specific ideas for teachers, particularly those working with English-language learners. I especially appreciated the chapter on ways to collaborate effectively with parents who may not be fluent in English. Among the book's other excellent features are suggestions for integrating technology into the classroom and helpful checklists and rubrics throughout. Readable, engaging, and practical, this book contains the kind of information that teachers need. - Beth Roberts, Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, Georgia

'Teaching Early Literacy' is a particularly comprehensive text on early literacy learning and research-based instruction. The emphasis on the practical applications of the material contained in each chapter makes this book especially attractive and useful for graduate students in literacy and teachers engaged in professional development. The inclusion of the grade-level teachersÆ perspectives in the appropriate chapters provides an insightful glimpse of practice that is derived from research. This integration of research and practice makes 'Teaching Early Literacy' an excellent choice for courses in early literacy development and the teaching of reading in elementary schools. - Deborah Gee Woo, EdM, Department of Learning and Teaching, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey