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Literacy in the Middle Grades: Teaching Reading and Writing to Fourth Through Eighth Graders, 2nd Edition

By Gail E. Tompkins

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Sep 15, 2009


Written with teachers in grades 4 through 8 in mind, Literacy in the Middle Grades has been crafted to answer the questions of teachers working with young adolescents. By addressing the realities of teaching in the middle grades — the changing needs of adolescents; the increasing diversity in the classroom; the constantly changing technology available to teachers; the newest federal, state, and curricular demands — this thoroughly applied new edition situates literacy instruction in the contemporary classroom to help new and experienced teachers help young adolescents develop strong literacy skills.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Literacy in the 21st Century  

1 Becoming an Effective Literacy Teacher 

2 Examining the Reading and Writing Processes  

3 Assessing Literacy Learning 

4 Differentiating Instruction


Part 2:  Powerful Teaching  

5 Eliminating Obstacles to Fluency

6 Expanding Academic Vocabulary 

7 Promoting Comprehension: Reader Factors

8 Promoting Comprehension: Text Factors

9 Teaching Writing


Part 3:  Effective Instructional Programs  

10 Teaching with Trade Books

11 Teaching with Textbooks

12 Using Literacy in the Content Areas


Part 4:  Compendium of Instructional Procedures






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Package ISBN-13: 9780132935081

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