Summary: The Fourth Edition of Classrooms That Work emphasizes a core set of ideas across a variety of timely topics, providing a comprehensive, balanced treatment of instructional reading methods for struggling and culturally diverse students.
Pat Cunningham's and Dick Allington's clear and friendly writing style emphasizes the importance of promoting the integration of phonics and literature-based process writing and reading instruction to enhance ALL students' le...show morearning and reading skills. It clarifies concepts, defines key terms, and offers just the right balance of research and practical coverage to make the content complete without being overwhelming.
This affordable book helps teachers engage ALL children in meaning-centered reading by fostering powerful decoding and comprehension strategies and implementing a balanced reading program. Classrooms That Work identifies and explores five components: real reading and writing, guided reading, guided writing, decoding/spelling, and word/word knowledge.
The Fourth Edition is filled with workable, practical strategies and activities to use in the classroom. This book plays upon readers' natural curiosity and desire for relevance by offering a modern, applied approach to 'traditional' reading topics and an in-depth look at areas of reading instruction not covered by other books (e.g. Chapters 9, 10 & 11 describe a sample day in a Building Blocks kindergarten, a sample day in a Four Blocks primary classroom and a sample week in a Big Blocks intermediate classroom, respectively. Combined, these chapters show how all of the important components of a balanced literacy programs can be integrated.) The flexibility gained by using this comprehensive approach gives instructors the opportunity to tailor course coverage and topic sequence making this a perfect book to be used in reading and language arts methods courses.
Gives future teachers a blueprint for organizing classrooms to accelerate learning of all children.
Focuses on practical strategies for promoting literacy among struggling and culturally diverse students.
Strategies for helping students decode big words (Ch. 4)--perfect text for newly mandated phonics-based courses.
Chapter with innovative ideas for supporting above and beyond the most at risk students (Ch. 10).
The chapter, "MultiLevel Instruction" (Ch. 5), includes a variety of whole-class and small group formats that teachers use to provide support for struggling readers and challenges for advanced readers. It emphasizes ways to make instruction multi-level, not ability grouped, with whole-class grade level instruction.
The chapter, "Assessment" (Ch. 6), describes how teachers can make assessment an integral part of their instruction and contains a variety of practical checklists and other assessment suggestions.
The chapter, "Comprehension" (Ch. 3), describes a variety of activities that promote thoughtful literacy for both story and informational text.
Very inexpensive; great supplement for any reading/language arts course.
New To This Edition
New organization of chapters reflects an integrative approach to literacy-this new edition starts with a chapter on Creating Classrooms that Work which summarizes the characteristics of the most effective classrooms. Other chapters on Words, Comprehension, Writing, Assessment, etc. inform teachers of the need for a balanced approach to literacy.
A new chapter, Creating Enthusiastic, Independent Readers (Ch. 2) contains ideas for helping all children become independent readers.
A new chapter, "Building Vital, Vivid and Valuable Vocabularies" (Ch. 5), describes practical strategies for building meaning vocabulary.
A new chapter, "Building the Literacy Foundation" (Ch. 3), describes activities to get young children off to a successful start in reading and writing.
Revised Chapter 7, "Creating Ready, Willing and Able Writers"contains lots of suggestions for minilessons in writer's workshop including lessons on editing and revising.
Updated and revised Chapters 11, 12 and 13 (authors' favorites) describe a sample day in a Building Blocks kindergarten, a sample day in a Four Blocks primary classroom and a sample week in a Big Blocks intermediate classroom, respectively. Combined, these chapters show how all of the important components of a balanced literacy programs can be combined.
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