Creating Literacy Instruction for All Children in Grades Pre-K to 42nd Edition
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In response to today’s need to tailor instruction for the lower grades (PreK-4), this comprehensive, practical guide gives aspiring and practicing professionals the methods and techniques they need to become highly effective teachers who are well equipped to help all students become proficient readers and writers.
Creating Literacy Instruction for All Children in Grades Pre-K to 4 features lesson plans for virtually every major literacy skill or strategy, abundant lists of recommended children’s reading, helpful student strategies, numerous reinforcement activities, and real-life illustrations of exemplary teaching, all designed to help teachers incorporate today’s most effective teaching methods and techniques into their literacy teaching.
Brief Table of Contents
1 The Nature of Literacy and Today’s Children
2 Teaching All Learners
3 Assessing for Learning
4 Fostering Emergent/Early Literacy
5 Teaching Phonics, High-Frequency Words, and Syllabic Analysis
6 Building Vocabulary
7 Comprehension: Theory and Strategies
8 Comprehension: Text Structures and Teaching Procedures
9 Reading Literature
10 Approaches to Teaching Reading
11 Writing and Reading
12 Creating and Managing a Literacy Program
Special features in this guide include: lesson plans, children’s reading lists, student strategies, reinforcement activities, and illustrations of exemplary teaching.
Pre- and in-service teachers get the tools they need to ensure effective literacy instruction for all students in their Pre-K to fourth grade classrooms, including:
- Sample step-by-step lesson plans for all major areas of literacy instruction, complete with suggestions for assessment.
- Specific guidance for dealing effectively with English language learners within the regular classroom, plus ready-to-implement marginal notes “Instruction for Struggling Readers and Writers.”
- Building Competencies at the end of each chapter to help readers implement the key concepts and assessment and teaching suggestions presented in that chapter.
- “Children’s Reading Lists” in every instructional chapter, providing appropriate titles to ensure skills are reinforced.
- “Exemplary Teaching” boxes throughout featuring real-life experiences of gifted teachers and the author’s own experiences.
- CCSS (Common Core State Standards) marginal notes highlight instructional practices designed to implement Common Core Standards
- “Assessing for Learning” marginal notes provide valuable suggestions on evaluation issues.
- A unique “Leveling Books System” for ensuring better understanding of what makes a book difficult to read, complete with an easy-to-use system for leveling books.
Thomas G. Gunning, a former elementary school reading consultant and junior high English teacher, is Professor Emeritus, Southern Connecticut State University, where he was department chair and reading clinic director. Gunning is currently an Adjunct Professor, Reading/ Language Arts Department, Central Connecticut State University. Gunning has conducted research on group reading inventories, vocabulary assessment, reading disabilities, intervention programs, readability, response to intervention, decoding processes and strategies, and literacy skills needed to cope with high-stakes tests. Professor Gunning’s other books with Pearson include Creating Literacy Instruction for All Students, Eighth Edition; Assessing and Correcting Reading and Writing Difficulties, Fourth Edition; Creating Literacy Instruction for All Students In Grades 4-8, Third Edition; Developing Higher-Level Literacy in All Students: Building Reading, Reasoning, and Responding; and Closing the Literacy Gap.