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Building Bridges From Early to Intermediate Literacy, Grades 2-4

Foreword by Margaret Mooney



July 2007 | 128 pages | Corwin
'Gives us an inside view of what children should experience in the primary grades and shows us how we can build them up to new experiences in the intermediate grades. A great resource for vertical team collaborations, teachers who are transitioning from teaching primary to intermediate grades or vice versa, teachers in multiage classrooms, and teacher education classes'—Helena Stevens, Intermediate Literacy Coach

Ricardo Richards Elementary School, Kingshill, Virgin Islands

'Full of practical, everyday ideas to implement immediately. Offers true student examples that teachers see and experience daily'—Scott Kovatch,

Principal Horizon Elementary School, Granger, USA

How can teachers help their primary students become competent intermediate readers and writers?

Supporting students as they advance from beginning to intermediate literacy levels poses a unique challenge for teachers. In Building Bridges From Early to Intermediate Literacy, Grades 2–4, Sarah F. Mahurt, Ruth E. Metcalfe, and Margaret A. Gwyther show how teachers can meet the instructional needs of students in transition from one level to the next. The authors offer practical guidance and classroom-tested strategies that demonstrate how thoughtful instruction can help each student reach new levels of competency in reading and writing.

This invaluable resource shows teachers how to examine and refine their instructional practices to more effectively meet the needs of all the students in their classrooms, whether they are struggling readers or advanced learners. Educators will find:

- Specialized assessment tools and

instructional strategies for word study,

reading, and writing

- Detailed examples of reading and writing

instruction

- Methods for integrating language arts

with science and social studies

- Charts to track students' progress

- A teacher's reflection section at the end

of each chapter

Written by experienced literacy educators, this accessible text helps ensure that all students confidently cross the bridge from the primary to the intermediate grades.

 
List of Figures
 
Foreword
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. Introduction
Teaching for Independence  
Teaching for Strategic Action  
Struggling Readers and English Language Learners  
How Children Grow as Readers and Writers  
Literacy Instruction During Transition  
Reflection  
 
2. Assessment
Getting Started  
Word Study  
Reading  
Writing  
Anecdotal Notes  
Running Records  
Conference Notes  
Using Assessment  
Finding Time  
Reflection  
 
3. Word Study
Learning About Words  
Phonological and Phonemic Awareness  
Phonics  
Structural Analysis  
High-Frequency Words  
Vocabulary  
Word Walls and Charts  
Linking to the Real Work of Reading and Writing  
Reflection  
 
4. Reading
Getting to Know a Reader in Transition  
Developing Stamina  
Changes in Work Stations  
Gradually Decreasing Small-Group Guided Reading  
Using Reading Mini Lessons  
Teaching Children How to Choose Books  
Literature Circles  
Strengthening Comprehension  
Shared Reading for Comprehension and Fluency  
Shifting Responses to Text  
Writing More Developed Responses to Reading  
Sharing Time  
Reflections  
 
5. Writing
Making Instructional Decisions  
Modeled Writing  
Shared Writing  
Interactive Writing  
Writing Workshop  
Mini Lessons  
Independent Writing and Conferring  
Sharing  
Reflection  
 
6. Pulling It All Together
Integrating Within the Language Arts  
Integrating Language Arts With Science and Social Studies  
Planning the Nonfiction Project  
Preparing for the Nonfiction Project  
Literacy Lessons on Nonfiction  
Reflection  
 
Afterword
 
References
 
Index

"Full of practical, everyday ideas that can be implemented immediately. The examples in the book were something that teachers see and experience daily—true student examples."

Scott Kovatch, Principal
Horizon Elementary School, Granger, IN

"Keeps the essential questions and a clear road map in front of teachers and administrators as they strive to implement balanced literacy in their schools. By outlining critical questions and critical observations of elementary readers, the authors prepare teachers to make the necessary shifts in their teaching to help students transition to independent reading and writing."

Denise Wilburn, Director of Federal Projects
Anderson County Board of Education, TN

"This book is easy to read and full of practical ideas that I can use as a literacy coach and as a classroom teacher."

Chris Hartnagel, Primary Literacy Coach/Second-Grade Teacher
Stephen Decatur Elementary, Indianapolis, IN

"This book gives us an inside view of what children should experience in the primary grades and shows us how we can build them up to new experiences in the intermediate grades. This book would be a great resource for vertical team collaborations, teachers who are transitioning from teaching primary to intermediate grades or vice versa, teachers in multi-age classrooms, and teacher education classes."

Helena Stevens, Intermediate Literacy Coach
Ricardo Richards Elementary School, Kingshill, Virgin Islands

"Hits the nail on the head. A quick and comfortable read, this book addresses the issues of transitional learners who are often stuck in the middle on their journey from needing high levels of teacher support to independent learning. With explicit language and examples, this book gives us a window into what a transitional classroom looks and feels like.”

Marcia Hall, Second-Grade Teacher and Literacy Coordinator
Goshen Community Schools, IN

"Chapters have been tested by experienced literacy educators and offer a fine synthesis of techniques that work."

California Bookwatch, August 2007

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