Literacy for the 21st Century: Teaching Reading and Writing in Grades 4 through 8

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This new book gives readers the background they need to impart essential literary skills to students in grades 4-8, including vocabulary, content area, reading, the reading/writing connections, narrative text, and print skills. The author's trademark “mini-lessons” highlight contemporary theories of literacy learning. Significant attention is paid throughout the book to ways to help struggling learners become competent readers and writers. Addressing the needs of the pupil population, this book interestingly and competently covers the constructivist, interactive, socio-linguistic, and reader-response theories of literacy learning. Highlighted notes alert the reader to strategies and techniques that are the most appropriate for the situation, and real-life, concrete illustrations show classroom teaching as it really is. The book also illustrates the use of current technology to spur their learners on to become effective readers and writers. This useful resource is the perfect desk reference for educators from all backgrounds. Also a necessary reference for school administrators, including those in continuing education programs.

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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.

About the Author:

Gail E. Tompkins is a Professor at California State University, Fresno, in the Department of Literacy and Early Education, where she teaches courses in reading, language arts, and writing for preservice teachers and students in the reading/language arts master's degree program. She directs the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project and works regularly with teachers, both by teaching model lessons in classrooms and by leading staff development programs. Recently Dr. Tompkins was inducted into the California Reading Association's Reading Hall of Fame in recognition of her publications and other accomplishments in the field of reading. She has also been awarded the prestigious Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching at California State University, Fresno.

Previously, Dr. Tompkins taught at Miami University in Ohio and at the University of Oklahoma in Norman where she received the prestigious Regents' Award for Superior Teaching. She was also an elementary teacher in Virginia for eight years.

Dr. Tompkins is the author of five other texts published by Merrill/Prentice Hall: Literacy for the 21st Century, 3rd edition (2003), Langauge Arts: Content and Teaching Strategies, 5th edition (2002), Teaching Writing: Balancing Process and Product, 4th edition (2004), 50 Literacy Strategies, 2nd edition (2004), and Literacy for the 21st Century: Teaching Reading and Writing in Pre-kindergarten through Grade 4, (2004). Dr. Tompkins is also a contributing author to two Merrill texts: Sharing the Pen: Interactive Writing with Young Children (2004) and Teaching Vocabulary: 50 Creative Strategies, Grades K-12 (2004). She has written numerous articles related to reading and language arts that have appeared in The Reading Teacher, Language Arts, and other professional journals.

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