50 Literacy Strategies: Step By Step (2nd Edition) (Teaching Strategies Series)

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9780131121881: 50 Literacy Strategies: Step By Step (2nd Edition) (Teaching Strategies Series)

This conveniently organized resource book reflects the latest, most exciting ideas in literature focus units, reading/writing workshop, and thematic instruction. It provides step-by-step instructions for using fifty research based, classroom tested literacy strategies—encompassing reading, writing, listening, speaking, and visualizing—and for each, supportive material helps classroom teachers decide the when, why, and how of optimal use. A Categorical Index of strategies appears on the inside front cover, serving as a handy reference for classroom use, making strategy selection easier and more reliable. New instructional strategies such as interactive writing, story retelling, and word sorts have been included. A supplemental book to assist elementary school teachers in literacy and language arts.

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About the Author:

Gail E. Tompkins is Professor Emerita at California State Unversity, Fresno, and she continues to direct the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project.  She regularly works with teachers in their kindergarten through eighth-grade classrooms and leads staff development programs on reading, language arts, and writing.  In 1998 Dr. Tompkins was inducted into the California Reading Association's Reading Hall of Fame in recognition of her publication and other accomplishments in the field of reading, and recently she was awarded the prestigious Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching at California's State University, Fresno.

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Do you need an effective alternative to traditional reading workbook and seatwork activities?

Do you want a handy instructional reference with step-by-step guidelines for a student teacher or teaching intern?

Here is a conveniently organized resource for all elementary and middle school teachers. These strategies are research based and classroom tested, and can be used in literature focus units, reading and writing workshop, or thematic units. Many new instructional strategies, such as interactive writing, story retelling, and word sorts, have been recommended for classroom use, but locating information about how to implement these strategies can be difficult and time consuming. Each strategy begins with a grid that recommends the most appropriate usage and answers the following questions at a glance:

  1. Does the strategy fit best as part of a literature focus unit, for reading and writing workshop, for literature circles, or for reading and writing during the thematic unit?
  2. For what grade level does the strategy work best?
  3. Does the strategy work best for individuals, pairs, small groups, or the entire class?

Of course, these are only recommendations. Once you become comfortable with the basic steps, you may want to experiment and augment these ideas with your own.

After the grid, the instructional strategy is described briefly and the benefits of using the strategy are explained. Next, the steps in using that specific literacy strategy are listed. Best of all, applications and examples are provided that describe ways experienced teachers have used the instructional procedure. References allow you to find out more about the strategy on your own and demonstrate that the strategy has been proven successful in helping students develop into capable readers and writers.

KEY FEATURES

  • Strategies are arranged alphabetically and numbered for easy reference. Inside the cover of the book is an index that groups the strategies by concept, providing another easy guide to finding the strategy you need.
  • Everything you need to know to implement the strategy effectively and quickly is included in a consistent, easy-to-understand format.
  • Complete step-by-step instructions with illustrations are provided to guide you.
  • Applications and examples are included to demonstrate strategies and to stimulate your own creativity.
  • New! ELL Notes point out the strategies most effective for English language learners.

USING THIS BOOK

Fifty Literacy Strategies: Step by Step can be used as a supplementary textbook in any reading, literacy, or language arts methods course. It can also be used as a core text for inservice training or staff development workshops. Gail E. Tompkins has written several major textbooks: Language Arts: Content and Teaching Strategies, fifth edition; Literacy for the 21st Century: A Balanced Approach, third edition; Teaching Writing: Balancing Process and Product, fourth edition; and Literacy for the 21st Century: Teaching Reading and Writing in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 4, all published by Merrill/Prentice Hall. This guide was written to complement each of these textbooks and reflects the same balanced approach that is so popular with professors and preservice and inservice teachers across the country.

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