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Language Arts
Integrating Skills for Classroom Teaching



August 2008 | 480 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Provides a clear and succinct introduction to teaching the language arts to elementary students

Key Features

  • Focuses on integrating the six language arts—reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and visually representing—with other subject areas
  • Provides guidance on differentiating instruction to bring out the best in the rapidly growing number of students with special needs and English language learners in the regular classroom
  • Includes a detailed lesson plan in each chapter along with instructional activities and techniques to integrate the language arts across all the subjects in the elementary curriculum

Accompanied by High-Quality Ancillaries!

Student Resource CD: Bundled with the book, this CD includes video clips and discussion questions that correlate with important chapter concepts.

Web-based student study site

This interactive study site provides practice tests, flashcards, chapter summaries, links to NCTE/IRA and state-specific Language Arts standards, and much more.

Instructor Resources on CD: Available by contacting SAGE Customer Care at 1-800-818-SAGE (7243), this CD for instructors offers resources such as lecture outlines, PowerPoint slides, a test bank, and sample syllabi for semester and quarter courses.

Intended Audience
This book is intended for undergraduate and graduate courses in elementary language arts methods, which teaches pre-service teachers and licensure/certification candidates specifically how to teach their students the basics of the six language arts – reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and visually representing.


 
PART I. FOUNDATIONS OF THE LANGUAGE ARTS
 
1. Language and the English Language Arts
The Standards for the English Language Arts

 
Language Arts: Components/Integration

 
Functions and Characteristics of Language

 
Language Structure

 
Language and Thought

 
Assessment

 
Working With English Language Learners

 
Practical Instructional Activities and Ideas

 
Integration Across the Curriculum

 
Parents as Partners

 
Additional Professional Readings

 
Children?s Literature Cited in the Narrative

 
References

 
 
2. Children as Language Learners and Thinkers
Models of Natural Language Learning

 
First-Language Acquisition

 
Second-Language Acquisition

 
Linguistically Diverse Learners

 
Positive Language Classroom Environments

 
Assessment

 
Working With English Language Learners

 
Practical Instructional Activities and Ideas

 
Integration Across the Curriculum

 
Parents as Partners

 
Additional Professional Readings

 
Children?s Literature Cited in the Narrative

 
References

 
 
3. Formal and Authentic Assessment
Principles and Purposes of the Assessment of the Language Arts

 
Formal Assessment: Standardized Testing

 
Authentic Assessment: What, Why, and How

 
Authentic Assessment: Grading

 
Assessment

 
Working With English Language Learners

 
Practical Instructional Activities and Ideas

 
Integration Across the Curriculum

 
Parents as Partners

 
Additional Professional Readings

 
Children?s Literature Cited in the Narrative

 
References

 
 
4. Integrating Language Arts Across Curriculum
Integration: Definition, Principles, and Benefits

 
Thematic Units: Overview

 
Constructing a Thematic Unit

 
Implementing a Thematic Unit

 
Assessment

 
Working With English Language Learners

 
Practical Instructional Activities and Ideas

 
Integration Across the Curriculum

 
Parents as Partners

 
Additional Professional Readings

 
Children?s Literature Cited in the Narrative

 
References

 
 
PART II. READING AS A LANGUAGE ART
 
5. Word Recognition Skills and Vocabulary Development
Word Recognition Skills

 
Vocabulary Development

 
Assessment

 
Working With English Language Learners

 
Practical Instructional Activities and Ideas

 
Integration Across the Curriculum

 
Parents as Partners

 
Additional Professional Readings

 
Children?s Literature Cited in the Narrative

 
References

 
 
6. Reading: Principles, Approaches, Comprehension, and Fluency
Principles of Teaching Reading

 
Emergent Reading

 
Major Instructional Approaches

 
Models of Reading

 
Guided Reading

 
Comprehension: Categories and Influential Factors

 
Comprehension Strategies

 
Questioning: A Critical Comprehension Strategy

 
Sorting Out Comprehension ?Problems?

 
Reading in the Content Areas

 
Fluency

 
Assessment

 
Working With English Language Learners

 
Practical Instructional Activities and Ideas

 
Integration Across the Curriculum

 
Parents as Partners

 
Additional Professional Readings

 
Children?s Literature Cited in the Narrative

 
References

 
 
7. Reading and Children?s Literature
Literature in Elementary Education: Values and Functions

 
What Literature Does for Readers and Writers

 
Children?s Needs and Reading Interests

 
Criteria and Sources for Selecting Quality Books

 
Elements of Literature

 
Literature Genres

 
Bibliotherapy: Books That Help Children Cope

 
Living in a Diverse World: Multicultural Literature and International Literature

 
Instructional Activities

 
Literature Circles: A Popular Interpretive Activity

 
Assessment

 
Working With English Language Learners

 
Practical Instructional Activities and Ideas

 
Integration Across the Curriculum

 
Parents as Partners

 
Additional Professional Readings

 
Children?s Literature Cited in the Narrative

 
References

 
 
PART III. WRITING AS A LANGUAGE ART
 
8. Writing: Process, Genres, and Motivational Strategies
Guidelines for the Teaching of Writing

 
Factors Affecting Children?s Writing Performance

 
Emergent Writing

 
Abilities Needed for Effective Writing

 
The Writing Process

 
Writing Genres

 
Motivational Strategies That Promote Writing

 
Writing Development Through the Grades

 
Samples of Children?s Writing

 
Assessment

 
Working With English Language Learners

 
Practical Instructional Activities and Ideas

 
Integration Across the Curriculum

 
Parents as Partners

 
Additional Professional Readings

 
Children?s Literature Cited in the Narrative

 
References

 
 
9. Writing Tools: Handwriting, Keyboarding, Spelling, and Grammar
Handwriting and Keyboarding

 
Spelling

 
Grammar

 
Assessment

 
Working With English Language Learners

 
Practical Instructional Activities and Ideas

 
Integration Across the Curriculum

 
Parents as Partners

 
Additional Professional Readings

 
Children?s Literature Cited in the Narrative

 
References

 
 
10. The Writers? Workshop
Essentials of the Workshop

 
Implementing Writers? Workshop

 
First Major Component of the Workshop Session: Focus Lessons

 
Second Major Component of the Workshop Session: Independent Writing Time

 
Third Major Component of the Workshop Session: Share Time

 
Assessment

 
Working With English Language Learners

 
Practical Instructional Activities and Ideas

 
Integration Across the Curriculum

 
Parents as Partners

 
Additional Professional Readings

 
Children?s Literature Cited in the Narrative

 
References

 
 
PART IV. ORAL LANGUAGE ARTS
 
11. Listening and Speaking
Listening

 
Speaking

 
Assessment

 
Working With English Language Learners

 
Practical Instructional Activities and Ideas

 
Integration Across the Curriculum

 
Parents as Partners

 
Additional Professional Readings

 
Children?s Literature Cited in the Narrative

 
References

 
 
12. Creative Drama
Benefits of Creative Drama

 
Qualities and Components of Creative Drama

 
Major Types of Creative Drama

 
Assessment

 
Working With English Language Learners

 
Practical Instructional Activities and Ideas

 
Integration Across the Curriculum

 
Parents as Partners

 
Additional Professional Readings

 
Children?s Literature Cited in the Narrative

 
References

 
 
Appendix: Technology Connections for the Language Arts
 
Index

"The pedagogical features are outstanding. Each one helps the reader understand the content and make connections to authentic teaching situations. The ideas are practical and helpful because they can be easily implemented in the classroom."

DeAnna M. Laverick
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

"Language Arts: Integrating Skills for Classroom Teaching supports teachers of language arts by providing a wealth of valuable resources, including sample lesson plans, instructional materials, recommendations for quality children’s literature, detailed descriptions of teaching strategies, and suggestions for meeting the needs of English language learners. The vignettes capture an authentic insider’s view on chapter topics; and together with the many resources, forge a connection between the theoretical and research base and the practical application of concepts."

DeAnna M. Laverick
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

"[The instructors' resources] are all nice features. As an instructor, having access to sample test questions, particularily ones that are similar to what students will experience on the PRAXIS tests are essential."

Sara Runge-Pulte, Ed.D.
Northern Kentucky University

"I really love this textbook. It has great coverage, is reader friendly, and has a great approach to integration."

Jeff L. Whittingham
University of Central Arkansas

"I like the easy read style, with anecdotes, lesson plans, charts and tables."

Roxanne Forgrave
Olivet Nazarene University
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"Instructor’s resources were helpful. The book is up-to-date and comprehensive."

Karren Timmermans
Pacific University

The book is excellent and the difference in the price of this book and the text I have been using is about 50% less. I have known of Donoghue’s writing of Language Arts Texts for a number of years and find that she is always up-to-date on this subject area. Her current book is excellent!

C. Glennon Rowell, Professor of Language Arts and Former Dean of Education
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

This was a welcomed book in a few of my lessons as some of my students wish to become teachers. It has great lesson planning, ideas and tips.

Miss Naomi Whale
childcare, City of Bath College
April 19, 2013

This text is a very thorough examination of the language arts, and will be used for the fall 2011 semester in my Language Arts Methods course.

Professor N. Onuora
Education Dept, Millikin University
June 13, 2011

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