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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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