Literacy: Helping Children Construct Meaning, Fifth Edition

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9780618192601: Literacy: Helping Children Construct Meaning, Fifth Edition

This reading methods text focuses on a contemporary, active learning approach for teaching literacy. Its 11 chapters and teacher resource handbook help teachers develop balanced literacy programs using both direct and indirect instruction.

One of the text's hallmark features is its complete presentation of authentic children's stories, accompanied by sample lesson plans that guide teachers in developing their own lessons.

  • A new full-color design and re-designed literacy lessons for each chapter improve the text's format and make it easier to use.
  • Chapter 1, "Focus on Literacy Learning," provides background about how literacy develops. The chapter emphasizes the stages of literacy development, the role of standards, how diversity impacts literacy learning, and the place of technology in literacy development.
  • Chapter 2, "Balanced Literacy Programs," presents models for a beginning balanced literacy program and for a balanced literacy program for grades 3-8. The chapter explores the Standards-based Literacy Lesson, the Minilesson, the role of reading aloud, and how to select texts for literacy instruction.
  • Chapter 10, "Developing a Management System for the Balanced Literacy Classroom," presents procedures for developing student routines.
  • Chapters 4 and 5 examine Standards-Based Literacy Lessons. In Chapter 4, the Standards-based Literacy Lesson is developed around a new piece of literature, "No, No Titus." Chapter 5 also includes a new lesson using a new piece of literature, "Ananse's Feast." The lessons illustrate both direct and indirect instruction.
  • Technology coverage, integrated throughout text, helps teachers use technology both to improve instruction and update their own teaching knowledge. A new list of technology resources is presented at the end of each chapter.
  • The text explores how instructors can meet the needs of English language learners in diverse classrooms.
  • The text focuses on how teachers can account for standards within instruction and use standards to guide assessment.

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J. David Cooper (Ed.D., Indiana University) is a retired professor from Ball State University. Prior to teaching at the college level, he taught at elementary and secondary schools in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Cooper has served as a consultant to the Department of Education in Washington, D.C., numerous state departments of education, and school systems throughout the country. Active in the International Reading Association, he has spoken in all 50 states and eight countries. Dr. Cooper has authored or coauthored more than 20 books on the teaching of reading. He has served as an editor of Indiana Reading Quarterly and as a reviewer for such leading journals as The Reading Teacher, Journal of Reading, and National Reading Conference Yearbook. Currently, Dr. Cooper consults on literacy instruction with numerous school districts throughout the United States.

Nancy D. Kiger (Ed.D., Ball State University) has more than 40 years of experience in education. She is retired from the College of Education at the University of Central Florida, where for 15 years she taught courses in reading, language arts, and children's literature as well as supervised student teachers. She also taught at universities in Indiana and Missouri. She began teaching as an elementary classroom teacher; later she taught reading at the elementary and middle-school levels in Indiana. She has been a writer and editor of literacy materials for over 25 years.

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"I appreciate the literature selections....It is very handy for my students to have these selections in their books so I can use them to demonstrate instructional techniques with them. The level of documentation is very comfortable to me. Cooper solidly references the knowledge base, but the text is clearly focused on content. It doesn't read like a literature review, as some do." -- Review

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