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The Book of Reading and Writing Ideas, Tips, and Lists for the Elementary Classroom



December 2003 | 176 pages | Corwin

"Here's a book you'll use over and over again. It's a practical, easy-to-use resource for every teacher who wants his or her students to be better readers and writers. Packed with activities, suggestions, and ideas—it's hard to decide which one to try first!"
Tita Mallory, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
Aberdeen School District, WA

"It's all here! Anderson has included everything from research on effective literacy to specific instructional strategies to use in your classroom tomorrow."
Mike Nelson, Assistant Superintendent
Enumclaw School District, WA

"A hands-on book for teachers to create engaging learning opportunities for students. A comprehensive guide that will become the teacher's best friend."
Linda Holliman, Education Consultant
Littleton, CO

Are You Getting the Results You Want From Your Reading and Writing Instruction?

This outstanding resource book provides research-based, practical ideas for creating a complete balanced reading and writing program that will make a difference for your students. There is a wealth of information including the following:

  • Descriptions and implementation ideas for each component of a balanced reading and writing program
  • Checklists for reviewing your own literacy program
  • Effective strategies for teaching word study, fluency, and comprehension
  • Vocabulary instructional strategies that expand students' comprehension and word knowledge
  • Specific pre-reading, during-reading, and after-reading strategies that increase students' comprehension of fiction and nonfiction text
  • Practical ideas for teaching writing skills in context
  • Innovative ways of meeting the needs of struggling readers
  • 50 tips any educator can use to positively impact students' reading performance
  • 101 ideas for involving families in your literacy program
  • Extensive lists of outstanding instructional materials
  • Suggestions for ensuring that effective school practices are in place to positively impact your students' literacy performance

If you are looking for ideas and tips that can impact your students' reading and writing, this book provides hundreds of classroom-proven suggestions designed for new teachers, experienced teachers, and administrators.


 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
1. A Practical Look at Literacy and Effective Schools Practices
Student-Centered Schools

 
Shared Purpose and Vision

 
Strong Instructional Leadership

 
Knowledgeable Staff Members

 
Alignment of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

 
Information and Data Collection

 
Maximizing Available Resources

 
Abundant and Focused Staff Development

 
Strong Family and Community Involvement

 
Embedding Change & Seeking Continuous Improvement

 
First and Lasting Impressions-A Survey

 
Checklist

 
 
2. Components of an Effective, Complete Reading Program
Read Aloud

 
Shared Reading

 
Guided Reading

 
Literacy Centers

 
Literature Circles

 
Independent Reading

 
Checklist

 
 
3. Essential Elements of Reading Instruction
Phonemic Awareness

 
Phonics

 
Non-Decodable, High-Frequency Words

 
Vocabulary Development

 
Language Structure

 
Fluency

 
Comprehension

 
Checklist

 
 
4. Components of an Effective, Complete Writing Program
Modeled Writing

 
Interactive Writing

 
Structured Writing

 
Writers Workshop

 
Independent Writing

 
Checklist

 
 
5. Teaching Writing Skills in Context
Content

 
Use of Language

 
Mechanics

 
Revision and Editing

 
Checklist

 
 
6. Other Instructional Factors Impacting the Success of
Reading and Writing Programs

 
Checklist

 
 
7. Meeting the Needs of Struggling Readers
Teachers

 
Classroom Instruction

 
Effective Reading Instruction

 
Instructional Time

 
Appropriate Materials

 
Program Options

 
Use of Resources

 
School-Wide Communication

 
Family Programs

 
Community Programs

 
Policy Decisions

 
Checklist

 
 
8. Information Gathering and Data Collection
 
9. Staff Training Ideas
 
10. Fifty 10-Minute Tips for "Leaders" to Use to Impact the
Reading and Writing Performance of Students

 
 
11. 101 Parent Tips to Enhance Literacy
 
Conclusion
 
References and Suggested Readings

Here's a book you'll use over and over again. It's a practical, easy-to-use resource for every teacher who wants his or her students to be better readers and writers. Packed with activities, suggestions, and ideas—it's hard to decide which one to try first!

Tita Mallory, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
Aberdeen School District, WA

A hands-on book for teachers to create engaging learning opportunities for students. A comprehensive guide that will become the teacher's best friend.

Linda Holliman, Educational Consultant
Littleton, CO

It’s all here! Anderson has included everything from research on effective literacy to specific instructional strategies to use in your classroom tomorrow.

Mike Nelson, Assistant Superintendent
Enumclaw School District, WA

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