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4th Edition

The Literate Classroom

Edited By

Prue Goodwin

ISBN 9781138282612
Published August 7, 2017 by Routledge
220 Pages

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Book Description

Now in its fourth edition, The Literate Classroom combines a range of refreshing and challenging viewpoints from experienced classroom practitioners in order to offer practical and effective approaches to teaching reading and writing to primary students. Over the last few years, how teachers talk with children about their learning has been missing from much of the documentation going into school, but with essential information and advice, this book highlights the importance of speaking and listening in literacy learning and recognises the powerful links between reading, writing and dialogic talk.

This fully updated edition includes:

  • shared and guided reading and writing
  • comprehension through response to children’s literature
  • guidance on literacy teaching with ELL pupils
  • new chapters on digital literacy, drama for literacy, talk for spelling and poetry.

The Literate Classroom describes how the theory behind key areas of literacy teaching can be transformed into realistic learning experiences within the classroom. An accessible and informative collection, this book is a must-have for any teachers of literacy in the primary sector.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

The Literate Classroom: An Introduction
Prue Goodwin


  1. Making Space for Reading: Teaching Reading in the Early Years
    Margaret Perkins
  2. Shared Reading and Shared Writing at Key Stage 1
    Liz Laycock
  3. Young Children Becoming Writers
    Margaret Perkins

  5. Small children Talking Their Way Into Being Readers
    Judith Graham
  6. Talk in Guided Reading Sessions
    David Reedy
  7. A Bridge to Literary Reading
    Catriona Nicholson
  8. Opening the Wardrobe of Voices: Exploring Standard English and Language Variety with 9-10 year-olds
    Michael Lockwood
  9. Language and Literacy for Children who are English Language Learners (ELLs): Developing Linguistically Responsive Teachers
    Naomi Flynn

  11. Readers Making Meaning: Responding to Narrative
    Tony Martin
  12. Reading the Pictures: Children’s Responses to Rose Blanche
    Catriona Nicholon
  13. A Sense of Time and Place: Literature in the Wider Curriculum
    Gillian Lathey
  14. Motivating Children to Write with Purpose and Passion
    Teresa Cremin
  15. Teaching and Learning Spelling
    Olivia O’Sullivan
  16. Talk for Spelling
    Tony Martin
  17. Literacy Learning in a Digital World
    Julia Gillen and Natalia Kucirkova

  19. The Magic Must Not Vanish: Traditional Tales in the Classroom
    Judith Graham
  20. Drama: Enriching Learning in the Literate Classroom
    Tracy Parvin
  21. "Oh no, we did old poems in year 5!" What is the Place of Classic Poetry in the Twenty First Century Classroom?
    Alison Kelly

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Prue Goodwin is a lecturer on literacy education and children’s books. Having spent many years working at the University of Reading, she is now freelance as a lecturer to education professionals and a consultant to children’s publishers.