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Essentials of Teaching Children to Read, The: The Teacher Makes the Difference, CourseSmart eTextbook, 3rd Edition

By D. Ray Reutzel, Robert B. Cooter

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jul 30, 2012

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For courses in Elementary Reading Methods (K–8)—Core Texts, Reading & Literacy

            Alternative Certification—Literacy, Curriculum & Instruction

A personal guide and resource for in-service teachers


With an emphasis on the teacher’s role in literacy development, this book focuses on seven pillars of effective reading instruction and gives educators the background knowledge they need in order to understand why they do what they do in teaching reading.


In keeping with what research tells us, that it is the teacher who makes the difference in effective reading instruction, this guide urges educators to become capable literacy teachers by thinking deeply about their teaching decisions in order to understand and meet the literacy needs of every student. The emphasis is on the essential nature of the teacher’s role in literacy instruction, while asserting the primacy of the role of teacher quality and effectiveness as the key to successful literacy instruction.


The authors present five pillars of effective reading instruction—Teacher Knowledge, Classroom Assessment, Evidence-Based Teaching Practices, Response to Intervention (RTI), and Family and Community Connections—and add two new pillars to this edition: Motivation and Engagement and Technology and New Literacies. The seven pillars provide a logical and consistent structure for closely examining the essential elements that well-prepared literacy teachers know, understand, and are able to implement in classrooms. Teachers are encouraged to use the seven pillars to ground their thinking about future teaching in order to successfully develop and perform their vital roles in helping all children become successful readers and writers.

Table of Contents

Chapter One           Effective Reading Instruction: The Teacher Makes the Difference  

Chapter Two           Developing Children’s Oral Language 

Chapter Three        Phonics and Word Recognition: Learning to Read Words  

Chapter Four          Developing Children’s Reading Fluency  

Chapter Five           Increasing Reading Vocabulary  

Chapter Six            Teaching Reading Comprehension  

Chapter Seven        Assessment

Chapter Eight         Evidence-Based Programs, Interventions, and Standards for Literacy Instruction


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$25.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-13-296354-1