ERIC Number: ED499591
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Reference Count: 0
How to Reach and Teach All Children through Balanced Literacy
Rief, Sandra F.; Heimburge, Julie A.
Jossey-Bass, An Imprint of Wiley
This book offers teachers a handbook for teaching literacy to diverse students in grades 3-8. The balanced literacy method combines the best practices of phonics and other skill-based language instruction with the holistic, literature-based approach in order to help teach reading, writing, and speaking in a clear and approachable format. This dynamic resource offers an easily accessible research-based approach to balanced literacy that is grounded in the innovative ideas developed by authors Sandra F. Rief and Julie A. Heimburge. The book includes detailed descriptions of what a balanced literacy classroom looks like and shows how to create a program from the ground up or give an existing program a boost. The book can be used across content areas and is filled with reproducible worksheets, activities, and other handy classroom tools. Some topics covered include: (1) Shared book experiences; (2) Reading aloud; (3) Oral language and vocabulary development; (4) Guided reading for comprehension; (5) Modeled writing; (6) Reading and writing conferences ; (7) Book clubs; (8) Content area reading and writing; (9) Ongoing assessments; and (10) Enhancing literacy through technology. This book is organized into the following chapters: (1) Balance and the Challenges of Reading and Teaching Diverse Readers and Writers; (2) Setting Up a Balanced Literacy Environment; (3) Reading in the Literacy Workshop; (4) Writing in the Literacy Workshop; (5) Nonfiction and Its Place in Balanced Literacy; (6) Strengthening Word Knowledge and Fluency; (7) Making Oral Language a Priority; (8) Using a Thematic Approach: Survival; (9) Special Units of Study; (10) Book Clubs and Literature Circles; (11) Reading and Writing Difficulties in Students; (12) Reading Strategies, Supports, and Accommodations; and (13) Writing Strategies, Scaffolds, and Accommodations. The following are appended: (1) Sixty Recommended Web Sites for Teachers & Students Grades 3-8: A Wealth of Resources for Enhancing Literacy; and (2) Building Community: A Two-Week Unit of Study. Contains an index.
Descriptors: Writing Difficulties, Units of Study, Literacy, Student Diversity, Phonics, Reading Instruction, Writing Instruction, Speech Communication, Reading Materials, Writing Strategies, Content Area Reading, Oral Language, Clubs, Reading Strategies, Workshops, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Teaching Methods, Reading Aloud to Others, Vocabulary Development, Nonfiction, Thematic Approach
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