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Contemporary Readings in Literacy Education

Contemporary Readings in Literacy Education

Edited by:

December 2009 | 424 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The latest research on literacy education—made more accessible!



To help students and beginning teachers understand contemporary issues in literacy education, this book provides a collection of edited readings and accompanying strategies. The articles have been selected to provide a balance between readings that focus on key theoretical concerns and others that suggest classroom applications of those guiding principles.



Key Features


  • The text is organized into sections representing today's most important literacy concerns.


  • The readings are contextualized with section introductions by the editors that provide an overview of each topic.


  • Section introductions also include hands-on instructional strategies to help students negotiate the articles, promote overall comprehension, and apply the material in practice.


  • Articles have been edited to be accessible and relevant to students, and they provide a variety of viewpoints on the issues raised.


This text will help instructors integrate the latest research into their courses in a meaningful way and show students how to apply research and theory to practice.


Includes Articles From the Following Journals:

American Educational Research Journal

American Educator

California Reader

Educational Leadership

Educational Policy

Education and Urban Society

English Education

English Journal

International Journal of Applied Linguistics

Intervention in School and Clinic

Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy

Journal of Early Childhood Literacy

Journal of Educational Psychology

Language Arts

Reading Psychology

Reading Research Quarterly

The Reading Teacher

RELC Journal

Remedial and Special Education

Review of Research in Education

Written Communication

Article Abstracts
Advisory Board
Section I: Planning and Organizing Literacy Instruction
P. David Pearson
1. The Reading Wars
Rebecca Powell, Ellyn McIntyre, and Elizabeth Rightmyer
2. Johnny Won’t Read And Susie Won’t Either: Reading Instruction And Student Resistance
Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey
3. Releasing Responsibility
Section II: The Assessment / Instruction Relationship
Thomas R. Guskey
4. How Classroom Assessments Improve Learning
Peter Johnston and Paula Costello
5. Principles For Literacy Assessment
Sheila W. Valencia and Marsha Riddle Buly
6. Behind Test Scores: What Struggling Readers Really Need
Section III: Word Recognition
Kathleen F. Clark
7. What Can I Say Besides “Sound It Out?” Coaching Word Recognition In Beginning Reading
Laurice M. Joseph
8. Helping Children Link Sound To Print
Patrick C. Manyak
9. Phonemes In Use: Multiple Activities For A Critical Process
Steve Graham, Paul Morphy, Karen R. Harris, Barbara Fink-Chorzempa, Bruce Saddler, Susan Moran, Linda Mason
10. Teaching Spelling In The Primary Grades: A National Survey Of Instructional Practices And Adaptations
Section IV: Fluency
J. J. Pikulski and D. J. Chard
11. Fluency: Bridge Between Decoding And Reading Comprehension
W. J. Therrien and R. M. Kubina
12. Developing Reading Fluency with Repeated Reading
M. Kuhn and S. Stahl
13. Fluency: A Review Of Developmental And Remedial Practices
Section V: Vocabulary Development and Academic Language
Karen Bromley
14. Nine Things Every Teacher Should Know About Words And Vocabulary Instruction
Ruth Helen Yopp and Hallie Kay Yopp
15. Ten Important Words Plus: A Strategy For Building Word Knowledge
D. P. Pearson, E. H. Hiebert, and M. L. Kamil
16. Vocabulary Assessment: What We Know And What We Need To Learn
J. Zwiers
17. Teacher Practices And Perspectives For Developing Academic Language
Section VI: Comprehension
Kathleen F. Clark and Michael F. Graves
18. Scaffolding Students’ Comprehension Of Text
Laura S. Pardo
19. What Every Teacher Needs To Know About Comprehension
Barbara Moss
20. Teaching Expository Text Structures Through Information Trade Book Retellings
Karen D. Wood
21. New Dimensions Of Content Area Literacy: Not Just For Secondary Teachers Anymore
Section VII: Adolescent Literacy
W. E. Blanton, K. D. Wood, and D. B. Taylor
22. Rethinking Middle School Reading Instruction: A Basic Literacy Activity
D. Fisher and G. Ivey
23. Evaluating the Interventions For Struggling Adolescent Readers
Section VIII: Writing
Marva Cappello
24. Supporting Independent Writing: A Continuum of Writing Instruction
Anne Whitney, Sheridan Blau, Alison Bright, Rosemary Cabe, Tim Dewar, Jason Levin, Roseanne Macias, and Paul Rogers
25. Beyond Strategies: Teacher Practice, Writing Process, And The Influence Of Inquiry
M. M. Juzwik, et al
26. Writing, 1999 to 2004 Writing Into the 21st Century: An Overview of Research on Writing, 1999 to 2004
Section IX: Working with English Language Learners
S. Krashen
27. Language Education: Past, Present And Future
C. N. Goldenberg
28. Teaching English Learners: What The Research Does--And Does Not—Say
Patrick C. Manyak
29. A Framework For Robust Literacy Instruction For English Learners
R.R Verdugo and B. Flores
30. English Learners: Key Issues
Section X: Differentiating Instruction / Universal Access
Carol Ann Tomlinson
31. Reconcilable Differences? Standards-Based Teaching and Differentiation
J. J. Hoover and J.R. Patton
32. Differentiating Standards-Based Education for Students with Diverse Needs
Section XI: Trends: New Literacies / Multiple Literacies
Michele Knobel and Colin Lankshear
33. Discussing New Literacies
D.D. Hassett and M.B. Schieble
34. Finding Space And Time For The Visual In K-12 Literacy Instruction
Marva Cappello and Sandra Hollingsworth
35. Literacy Inquiry And Pedagogy Through A Photographic Lens
C. Jewitt
36. Multimodality and Literacy In School Classrooms
References and Endnotes
Internet Resources
About the Editors

Great practice and research text

Dr Michelle McAnuff-Gumbs
Literacy and Special Education, The College of Saint Rose
April 6, 2014

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