Literacy for the 21st Century: Teaching Reading and Writing in Grades 4 through 8
ISBN 10: 0130986542 / 0-13-098654-2
ISBN 13: 9780130986542
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Publication Date: 2003
For Elementary and Middle School Literacy Methods courses. Based on the same principles and guidelines as Tompkins'best-selling literacy text, this new volume gives prospective teachers the background they need to teach essential literacy skills in grades 4-8 including vocabulary, content area reading, the reading/writing connections, narrative text, and print skills. Throughout the text, Tompkins' trademark "minilessons" highlight coverage that is based on four contemporary theories of literacy learning: constructivist, interactive, socio-linguistic, and reader-response. Because a child's learning can be seriously jeopardized by poor reading skills, significant attention is paid throughout the text to provide ways to help struggling learners become competent readers and writers.
Literacy for the 21st Century: Teaching Reading and Writing in Grades 4 Through 8 provides a concrete picture of effective literacy instruction for students in these grades. Included are a wealth of age-appropriate assessment tools, minilessons, and authentic classroom activities. You'll also find illustrative examples of how effective teachers engage middle-grade students in the act of reading and writing, providing particular instructional support for working with those students who struggle with literacy. Features of this text include:
- Chapter-opening vignettes and How Effective Teachers... features at the end of each chapter highlight real classrooms and real teaching strategies.
- Struggling Readers and Writers notes throughout all chapters, along with Chapter 11, "Working with Struggling Readers and Writers," pinpoint specific ways to address the needs of this population of middle-grade students.
- ELL margin notes throughout the text specify strategies and methods most appropriate for the English language learner.
- Free CD-ROM features video footage from an authentic middle-grade classroom. The CD is integrated into the text via margin notes and a full-color insert.
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