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Cases of Successful Literacy Teachers
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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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