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The Book of Reading and Writing Ideas, Tips, and Lists for the Elementary Classroom



December 2003 | 176 pages | Corwin

"Here's a book you'll use over and over again. It's a practical, easy-to-use resource for every teacher who wants his or her students to be better readers and writers. Packed with activities, suggestions, and ideas—it's hard to decide which one to try first!"
Tita Mallory, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
Aberdeen School District, WA

"It's all here! Anderson has included everything from research on effective literacy to specific instructional strategies to use in your classroom tomorrow."
Mike Nelson, Assistant Superintendent
Enumclaw School District, WA

"A hands-on book for teachers to create engaging learning opportunities for students. A comprehensive guide that will become the teacher's best friend."
Linda Holliman, Education Consultant
Littleton, CO

Are You Getting the Results You Want From Your Reading and Writing Instruction?

This outstanding resource book provides research-based, practical ideas for creating a complete balanced reading and writing program that will make a difference for your students. There is a wealth of information including the following:

  • Descriptions and implementation ideas for each component of a balanced reading and writing program
  • Checklists for reviewing your own literacy program
  • Effective strategies for teaching word study, fluency, and comprehension
  • Vocabulary instructional strategies that expand students' comprehension and word knowledge
  • Specific pre-reading, during-reading, and after-reading strategies that increase students' comprehension of fiction and nonfiction text
  • Practical ideas for teaching writing skills in context
  • Innovative ways of meeting the needs of struggling readers
  • 50 tips any educator can use to positively impact students' reading performance
  • 101 ideas for involving families in your literacy program
  • Extensive lists of outstanding instructional materials
  • Suggestions for ensuring that effective school practices are in place to positively impact your students' literacy performance

If you are looking for ideas and tips that can impact your students' reading and writing, this book provides hundreds of classroom-proven suggestions designed for new teachers, experienced teachers, and administrators.


 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
1. A Practical Look at Literacy and Effective Schools Practices
Student-Centered Schools  
Shared Purpose and Vision  
Strong Instructional Leadership  
Knowledgeable Staff Members  
Alignment of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment  
Information and Data Collection  
Maximizing Available Resources  
Abundant and Focused Staff Development  
Strong Family and Community Involvement  
Embedding Change & Seeking Continuous Improvement  
First and Lasting Impressions-A Survey  
Checklist  
 
2. Components of an Effective, Complete Reading Program
Read Aloud  
Shared Reading  
Guided Reading  
Literacy Centers  
Literature Circles  
Independent Reading  
Checklist  
 
3. Essential Elements of Reading Instruction
Phonemic Awareness  
Phonics  
Non-Decodable, High-Frequency Words  
Vocabulary Development  
Language Structure  
Fluency  
Comprehension  
Checklist  
 
4. Components of an Effective, Complete Writing Program
Modeled Writing  
Interactive Writing  
Structured Writing  
Writers Workshop  
Independent Writing  
Checklist  
 
5. Teaching Writing Skills in Context
Content  
Use of Language  
Mechanics  
Revision and Editing  
Checklist  
 
6. Other Instructional Factors Impacting the Success of
Reading and Writing Programs  
Checklist  
 
7. Meeting the Needs of Struggling Readers
Teachers  
Classroom Instruction  
Effective Reading Instruction  
Instructional Time  
Appropriate Materials  
Program Options  
Use of Resources  
School-Wide Communication  
Family Programs  
Community Programs  
Policy Decisions  
Checklist  
 
8. Information Gathering and Data Collection
 
9. Staff Training Ideas
 
10. Fifty 10-Minute Tips for "Leaders" to Use to Impact the
Reading and Writing Performance of Students  
 
11. 101 Parent Tips to Enhance Literacy
 
Conclusion
 
References and Suggested Readings

Here's a book you'll use over and over again. It's a practical, easy-to-use resource for every teacher who wants his or her students to be better readers and writers. Packed with activities, suggestions, and ideas—it's hard to decide which one to try first!

Tita Mallory, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
Aberdeen School District, WA

A hands-on book for teachers to create engaging learning opportunities for students. A comprehensive guide that will become the teacher's best friend.

Linda Holliman, Educational Consultant
Littleton, CO

It’s all here! Anderson has included everything from research on effective literacy to specific instructional strategies to use in your classroom tomorrow.

Mike Nelson, Assistant Superintendent
Enumclaw School District, WA

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