The Language Arts: A Balanced Approach to Teaching Reading, Writing, Listening, Talking, and Thinking

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9780321087249: The Language Arts: A Balanced Approach to Teaching Reading, Writing, Listening, Talking, and Thinking

Described by reviewers as one of the most comprehensive and complete texts to be published in the field in years, Teaching the Language Arts provides readers with a truly balanced approach to the teaching of language arts with an emphasis on the arts themselves. Written with the belief that all children and teachers possess creative potential, the author masterfully integrates essential elements of phonics instruction with critical principles of literature-based instruction, namely literature, comprehension, writing, and oral language. Cramer's engaging writing style leaves readers feeling as though they “are in a conversation with the author” and clearly answers the question, “How can we teach Language Arts well?”

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Why Is this Book the Best Contribution to the Language Arts Field in Years?

Described by reviewers as one of the most comprehensive and complete texts to be published in the field in years, The Language Arts provides readers with a truly balanced approach to the teaching of language arts with an emphasis on the arts themselves.

Key Features:

  • Robust Pedagogical Plan presents a solid instructional strategy of preparation, instruction, and reinforcement.
  • Chapter 13, “The Spelling Connection,” presents what reviewers cite as the strongest, most comprehensive spelling chapter in the field. A discussion of spelling stages, teaching approaches, strategies, invented spelling, and assessment of spelling places a clear emphasis on the integration of reading, writing, and spelling.
  • “A Matter of Standards” section at the beginning of each chapter correlates chapter content to the IRA/NCTE Standards for Reading Professionals. An at-a-glance chart is also included at the beginning of the book for easy reference.
  • A “Blue Pages” compendium of professional references, children's literature lists, and additional instructional strategies keyed to chapter content provides prospective teachers with practical ideas for teaching literature and supplemental strategies for each chapter.

Ringing Endorsements for The Language Arts:

“I feel the chapters on assessment and writing are the best I've encountered...Cramer has achieved a balance in guiding the reader to an understanding of the topics and helping the Language Arts teacher translate this understanding into effective classroom instruction.”
Professor Patricia A. Leek, Ph.D, University of Texas at Dallas

“The Language Arts captures and reflects the current trends of Reading and Literacy...As one reads through the pages, one feels a sense of mentoring from the author as topics are developed, terms are defined and concepts and techniques are explained.”
Professor Charlotte Black, California State University, San Bernardino

“This is a most considerate text: The writing is focused, clear and understandable and terms are well defined...The tone of the text is warm and friendly, much like a narrative...students will enjoy reading and learning from it.”
Professor Margaret Bell Davis, Eastern Kentucky University

Meet the Author:

Ronald L. Cramer is Distinguished Professor of Education at Oakland University in the Department of Reading and Language Arts where he directs the Reading and Writing Clinics and teaches courses in reading, writing, and language arts Dr. Cramer is the recipient of the State of Michigan Governor's Award for Outstanding Teaching and Oakland University's Teaching Excellence Award.

About the Author:

Ronald L. Cramer, PhD, Oakland University, Rochester, MI.

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