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Cases of Successful Literacy Teachers



February 2010 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Highlighting practices used by exemplary literacy teachers in diverse schools across the nation

Using teaching vignettes, cases for exploration, and research in the field, this text provides preservice and inservice teachers with effective, research-based literacy strategies they can use to improve their practice to best serve students from diverse backgrounds. The cases—based in urban, rural, and suburban settings—help teachers make connections between classroom challenges and the research literature that can help them to become problem solvers and reflective practitioners.

Each chapter follows a consistent format in supporting the link between research and practice, and includes the following key features:

  • Focus Questions: Help readers make associations between the chapter text and their prior knowledge and experiences
  • Reading Research to Know: Relates a vignette to research in the field
  • Inside the Classroom: Provides a detailed vignette of teacher instruction in literacy, followed by questions for discussion
  • Summary of Strategies Used: Helps teachers connect the vignette to classroom practice
  • Case for Exploration: Presents a classroom scenario, along with questions for discussion

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgements
 
1. Introduction: Learning from Successful Literacy Teachers
Discussion of IRA’s Excellent Reading Teachers  
 
2. Guiding Students Literacy Success
Focus Questions  
Reading Research to Know  
Inside the Classroom: Hawthorne Elementary School, Madison, Wisconsin  
Summary of Strategies Used  
Case for Exploration: Hawthorne Elementary School, Madison, Wisconsin  
Concluding Thoughts  
Terms to Know  
Research that Works  
Websites  
 
3. Oral Language Development
Focus Questions  
Reading Research to Know  
Inside the Classroom: A. Doyle Elementary School, Fresno, California  
Summary of Strategies Used  
Case for Exploration: A. Doyle Elementary School, California  
Concluding Thoughts  
Terms to Know  
Research that Works  
Websites  
 
4. Early Literacy Development
Focus Questions  
Reading Research to Know  
Inside the Classroom: Springview Elementary School, Miami Springs, Florida  
Summary of Strategies Used  
Case for Exploration: Masson Elementary School, Lorain, Ohio  
Concluding Thoughts  
Terms to Know  
Research that Works  
Websites  
 
5. Vocabulary Development
Focus Questions  
Reading Research to Know  
Inside the Classroom: Chinn Elementary, Parkhill, Missouri  
Summary of Strategies  
Case for Exploration: Chinn Elementary, Parkhill, Missouri  
Concluding Thoughts  
Terms to Know  
Research that Works  
Websites  
 
6. Comprehending Text
Focus Questions  
Reading Research to Know  
Inside the Classroom: Baggaley Elementary School, Latrobe, Pennsylvania  
Summary of Strategies Used  
 
Case for Exploration: Baggaley Elementary School, Latrobe, Pennsylvania
Concluding Thoughts  
Terms to Know  
Research that Works  
Websites  
 
7. Development of Written Communication
Focus Questions  
Reading Research to Know  
Inside the Classroom: Alice Carlson Applied Learning Center, Fort Worth, Texas  
Summary of Strategies  
Case for Exploration: Bruce Shulkey Elementary School, Fort Worth, Texas  
Concluding Thoughts  
Terms to Know  
Research that Works  
Websites  
 
8. Literacy Across the Curriculum: Strategy Instruction in the Content Areas
Focus Questions  
Reading Research to Know  
Inside the Classroom: Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, Buffalo, New York  
Summary of Strategies Used  
Case for Exploration: P.S. #17 Buffalo, New York  
Concluding Thoughts  
Terms to Know  
Research that Works  
Websites  
 
Glossary
 
Index
 
About the Authors
 
About the Contributors

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