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



© 2003 | 176 pages | Corwin
The aim of this book is to provide practical, research-based ideas that will help teachers strengthen their students' reading and writing performance. Each chapter provides practical ideas and resources designed for primary educators. This book approaches reading and writing programmes as if looking through two camera lenses. The first is a wide-angle view looking at the big picture, including effective schools research and the critical components of a complete, comprehensive reading and writing program. The second lens is a zoom lens focusing in on specific ideas, tips, lists and suggestions for strengthening students' reading and writing performance.
 
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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