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Best Practices for Teaching Reading

Best Practices for Teaching Reading
What Award-Winning Classroom Teachers Do

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October 2008 | 176 pages | Corwin

"Very logical and easy to follow. Teachers can easily incorporate these ideas in their teaching."
—Susan Bailey, Middle School Reading Specialist
Mequon-Thiensville School District, WI

Enrich your reading instruction with classroom-proven strategies from the nation's best teachers!

Following the successful format of the companion volumes for teaching writing, mathematics, science, and social studies, Best Practices for Teaching Reading presents firsthand accounts of teachers' most successful instructional strategies and lessons for teaching reading. Randi Stone brings readers into the classrooms of award-winning teachers who share their outstanding strategies for reaching elementary, middle, and high school learners with diverse learning styles and abilities.

With 40 classroom-tested strategies, the book provides practical guidance for building students' decoding and vocabulary skills while developing their comprehension and motivation for reading. This collection of best practices presents ways to help students:

  • Get excited about reading
  • Make connections to different texts
  • Become effective writers as well as readers
  • Use literacy skills across the curriculum

Veteran and new teachers alike will find an abundance of fresh ideas to teach reading while helping students build confidence, increase academic achievement, and develop critical thinking skills.

About the Author
About the Contributors
Part I. Reading in the K-6 Classrooms
Section A. Motivating Students to Read
Sharon S. Lancaster, Kentucky
1. Reading From the First Day of School
Susan Carter, Missouri
2. Ten Steps to Great Readers
Pamela Jo Roller, Indiana
3. All for the Love of Reading: A Book Is a Gift
Michele Rzewski Copeland, Virginia
4. Establishing a Summer Reading Program
Section B. Developing Reading Skills
Susanne Burkhardt, Kentucky
5. Teaching Reading Strategies Through the Analysis of Visual Art
Jennifer Ruth, Texas
6. Using Word Work to Improve Decoding
Jenna Hallman, South Carolina
7. Reading Aloud: Comprehending, Not Word Calling
Linda Hennen, West Virginia
8. Comprehension: Making Connections to Text
Section C. Reading Literature Across the Curriculum
Summer Williams, Alabama
9. Incorporating Drama and Writing: Performing a Mystery Play
Donna Bradley, Alabama
10. Social Studies: Reading About Life in the 1800s
Donna Bradley, Alabama
11. Social Studies: Reading the Vietnam Memorial Wall
Jacquylynn Brickman, Minnesota
12. To Read or Not to Read: Shakespeare With Fourth Graders
Diane Woodford, Nebraska
13. Reaching Fifth Graders With Novel Study
Section D. Differentiating Instruction
Sharon Lancaster, Kentucky
14. Reading Kinesthetically
Jessica Heidelberg, Indiana
15. Reading and Writing: A Reciprocal Process
Amy Edinger, New Jersey
16. Reading Beyond the Lines: Students With Autistic Disorders
Caridad Alonso, Delaware
17. Encouraging Biliteracy
Part II. Reading in Grades 7-12
Section A. Motivating Students to Read
Karen Morgan Delbridge, PhD, Wyoming
18. Reflective Practice in the Teaching of Adolescent Reading
Maria I. Davis, Ohio
19. I Hate Reading!
Jill Saceman Ryerson
20. The "I Hate Reading" Club
Heather-Lee M. Baron, Pennsylvania
21. You Simply Need to Love It!
Section B. Developing Reading Skills
Jessica Galla, Rhode Island
22. Digging Deeper for Comprehension
Jill Dougherty, Pennsylvania
23. Using Wonder Journals to Teach Research Reading and Writing Skills
Heather-Lee M. Baron, Pennsylvania
24. Make It Your Own! A Vocabulary Activity
Section C. Reading Across the Curriculum
Greg Anderson, Colorado
25. Teaching Reading in the Math Classroom
Anita Dobbs, Alabama
26. Reading the Language of Mathematics
Janet K. Vaine, Florida
27. "Who in the World Are You?" An Interdisciplinary Project
Stuart Albright, North Carolina
28. Using Self-Publishing as a Gateway for Critical Reading
Section D. Differentiating Instruction
Mikki Nuckols, Idaho
29. Score a BINGO in Reading
Darrell Yater, Ohio
30. Short-Cycle Assessment in a Reading Workshop: A Collaboration Between Teacher and Student

"This book allows teachers to read about how other teachers support literacy learning in a variety of contexts."

Mary Alice Barksdale, Associate Professor
Virginia Tech

"There is superb material in this text, and teachers at various grade levels will find many good practices."

Sara E. Spruce, Professor of Education
Olivet Nazarene University

"Teachers can collaborate through the pages of this book."

Jill E. Cole, Associate Professor of Education
Wesley College

"Readers can leave feeling like they can go forward and do something with what they have read."

Emma Barnes, Literacy Facilitator
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, NC

"Very logical and easy to follow. Teachers can easily see how they can incorporate these ideas in their teaching."

Susan Bailey, Middle School Reading Specialist
Mequon-Thiensville School District, WI
Key features
  • Tried and tested best practices from the classrooms of award-winning teachers
  • Offers strategies for teaching reading skills to learners with diverse learning styles and competencies
  • Covers working with school and district reading coaches and consultants, preparing students for reading tests, ways to promote family and community literacy, and more 

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Chapter 1

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