"On Reading Books to Children: Parents and Teachers" brings together in one volume current research on adult book reading to children. The authors, drawn from around the world, are key researchers and eminent scholars from the fields of reading and literacy, child language, speech pathology, and psychology, representing multiple perspectives within these disciplines. Chapters on the effects and limitations of book sharing are integrated with chapters discussing promising programs on storybook research. The reality of reading to children is more complex than it appears on the surface. The authors discuss some effects of and suggestions for reading to children that have emerged from the research. The ideas set forth in this volume will stimulate new lines of research on the effects of storybook reading, as well as refinements of current methods, yielding findings that enrich our understanding of this important arena of literacy development.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 183-188) and index.
Reading storybooks with young children is one of the most important things adults can do to support early language and literacy skills. What other fun, engaging interaction can teach children so many critical concepts - including print awareness, vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, and social and conversational skills- all at once? Making the most of shared reading is the goal of this practical guide, ideal for early childhood educators in preschool, Head Start, and child care programs. Step-by-step strategies help educators engage, respond to, and teach young children during storybook reading -information they can share with parents to continue the learning at home. Readers will discover how to : create a fun and enriching reading atmosphere; choose appropriate books, read with expression, and actively engage children; use book reading to help children develop in semantics, phonology, syntax, morphology and pragmatics; promote children's print awareness and phonological awareness ; work with children who have developmental delays and behavior challenges ; motivate reluctant readers ; work effectively with individual children and small groups ; support parents in developing their children's language and literacy development. All of the suggested strategies can be adapted for use with any storybook, and many are vividly illustrated with sample scripts that educators can use to guide their own interactions with children. And with the helpful appendices, teachers will have short summaries of strategies for easy reference, a "reading log" to give to parents, answers to parents' frequently asked questions about reading at home, and a glossary of key terms. Loaded with ready-to-use ideas, this guidebook has everything early childhood educators need to turn the fun of shared reading into a powerful learning experience.
"Genre Connections" makes learning achievable, accessible, and incremental for all readers - including struggling readers. Tannyĺs lessons use everyday objects, works of art, music, and her much-loved anchor charts to help readers get acquainted with seven commonly taught genres and to discover what makes them unique. Her launching sequences gradually release responsibility for learning about text types, and they can be adapted for any genre. They help readers weave creative, sensory threads into a tapestry of understanding by taking them from a fun introductory object lesson to an immersive experience.
This practical, teacher-friendly book provides indispensable guidance for implementing research-based reading instruction that is responsive to students' diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Structured around the big five core topics of an effective reading program - phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension - the book explains tried-and-true teaching strategies for fostering all students' achievement. Key topics include engaging diverse students in classroom discussion, involving families in learning, and assessing and teaching new literacies. Numerous classroom examples demonstrate a wide range of easy-to-implement lesson ideas and activities for students at different grade levels, including struggling learners. Issues specific to English language learners are woven throughout the chapters.
"Genre Study..." is a comprehensive professional book that focuses on genre study trough inquiry-based learning with an emphasis on improving reading comprehension and supporting the craft of writing. The authors concentrate on three broad instructional contexts for developing student's genre expertise through authentic reading and writing: Interactive Read-Aloud, Reader's Workshop, and Writer's Workshop. Students learn how to develop genre understandings through a process of immersing themselves in mentor texts, and, with teacher guidance, analyzing and experiencing the foundational characterisitcs that help them to understand and define the genre.