D. Ray Reutzel is currently the Emma Eccles Jones Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor of Early Childhood Education and Director of the Emma Eccles Jones Center for Early Childhood Education at Utah State University.Robert Cooter is Professor of Reading & Urban Literacy Education and Director of the national Center for Urban Literacy at The University of Texas at Arlington.
After years of intense debate in the "reading wars," the swinging pendulum of fads and fancy in reading instruction seems to be settling into a more inclusive and complete view.Comprehensive reading instructionis now regarded by most classroom teachers and reading scholars as the only viable position to take in relation to philosophy and classroom practice (see, for example, Pearson, 1999; Pressley, 2002; Rayner, Foorman, Perfetti, & Seidenberg, 2002). As we have continued to work in real-world classrooms, it has become increasingly apparent that children, and the profession itself, can benefit from this settling of the pendulum oncomprehensive reading instruction. For the second edition ofStrategies for Reading Assessment and Instruction,our intent was to compose a book containing the best research-proven assessment and teaching strategies from the field of comprehensive reading instruction. This is a ready reference to assist classroom teachers in identifying and solving problems encountered by students as they advance on the path of becoming fluent, strategic, and successful readers. Each chapter is self-contained and, starting with Chapter 5, includes these special segments: Brief research updatesthat serve as a kind of "executive summary for teachers." Assessment strategiesand tools for determining each child's reading needs and abilities. An Intervention Strategy Guidefor linking assessment findings for each student to the teaching strategies that can help them grow and succeed as readers. Highly effective teaching strategiesfrom the research on comprehensive reading instruction in such areas as alphabetics (i.e., phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, phonics), comprehension, fluency, and much more. Special strategies for English Language Learners(ELL, ESL, bilingual). Accommodations for students with special needs. FOR THE PRACTICING EDUCATOR Classroom reading teachers will also discover thatStrategies for Reading Assessment and Instructionprovides an extensive compendium of research-validated practices and assessment tools to (1) inform your daily instruction, (2) meet the needs of individual learners, and (3) develop an understanding of the essentials of comprehensive reading instruction. For those who teach in special education resource rooms, Title I reading programs, and university reading clinics, this volume likewise provides a wide-ranging collection of strategies to assist students with special needs. ADVANTAGES FOR PRESERVICE TEACHERS For preservice teachers, this second edition ofStrategies for Reading Assessment and Instructionoffers a practical resource for understanding past and present issues in reading instruction and assessment. It also provides ready-to-use assessment tools and related instructional strategies you can use in your field experiences in reading instruction, clinical experiences, and student teaching assignments. AS A TOOL FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS Strategies for Reading Assessment and Instructionis an ideal tool for ongoing professional development. This book contains the latest in research on comprehensive reading instruction, highly effective assessment, and teaching strategies, and presents this information in an easy-to-use format that makes the implementation of new methods in the classroom quick and easy. In fact, the first edition ofStrategies for Reading Assessment and Instructionwas used as the primary resource in literally hundreds of workshop sessions on comprehensive reading instruction across the United States.For Reading Diagnosis and Remediation or Reading/Literacy Assessment courses. Written by authors well known for their expertise in the field, the second edition of this complete resource offers a wide-ranging compendium of research-validated assessment tools and reading practicesall based on the most recent trend in reading education, comprehensive reading instruction. Coverage encompasses the issues involved in reading instruction, past and present, and relates these issues to current best practices in such areas as phonological awareness (phonemic awareness, phonics, the alphabetic principle), comprehension, fluency, and others. The text's easy-to-use format invites involvement, and rewards the reader with concrete answers to the question of how to teach reading and writing effectively and interestingly. This is a revision of Balanced Reading Strategies.Written by authors well known for their expertise in the field, the second edition of this complete resource offers a wide-ranging compendium of research-validated assessment tools and reading practicesall based on the most recent trend in reading education,comprehensive reading instruction. Coverage encompasses the issues involved in reading instruction, past and present, and relates these issues to current best practices in such areas as phonological awareness (phonemic awareness, phonics, the alphabetic principle), comprehension, fluency, and others. The book's easy-to-use format invites involvement, and rewards the reader with concrete answers to the question of how to teach reading and writing effectively and interestingly. For practicing and future teachers preparing themselves for the diversity of today's classroomsespecially ELL, ESL, and bilingual students.The third edition of Strategies for Reading Assessment and Instruction provides a wealth of complementary and practical ideas for teachers who need to assess and address students' reading achievement. Each of the strategy-driven chapters moves from a set of theory-informed assessment tools to intervention strategies that will address students' reading needs. The indispensable IF-THEN charts present these strategies in an instantly applicable manner. Readers diagnose the specific problem their students are having, then immediately discover which of the chapter's strategies are most beneficial in assisting them.& Reading Specialists, Literacy Coaches, and General Inservice teachers.This textbook for classroom teachers and teaching students presents teaching strategies for improving elementary schoolchildren's reading comprehension and literacy. Reutzel (early childhood education, Utah State U.) and Cooter (reading and urban literacy education, U. of Texas at Arlington) cover classroom reading and oral language assessment, children's concepts about print, phonemic awareness, phonics and word attack skills, teaching and assessing vocabulary development, story comprehension, developing research and reference skills, and literature response. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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