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Teaching Reading and Writing: The Developmental Approach, CourseSmart eTextbook

By Shane Templeton, Kristin Gehsmann

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jul 26, 2013

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Comprehensive yet accessible, this guide presents the tools and knowledge preservice and experienced teachers need to teach literacy in a developmentally-responsive and integrated way, while meeting the diverse needs of students in today’s classrooms.


The most comprehensive yet accessible presentation of the developmentally-based approach to literacy instruction in a foundational methods text.


This guide gives preservice and experienced teachers the knowledge and tools they need to teach reading and writing effectively and engagingly in preK through grade 8 settings. Using a conversational tone to present a wealth of critical content, this book helps readers connect theory to practice through vignettes and sample lessons from real classrooms; authentic student work samples; ideas for using and integrating print-based and digital texts across the curriculum; and tools for organizing and managing a comprehensive, developmentally-responsive literacy program.


Designed to encourage teaching in a student-centered, research-based manner, the book begins with assessment to help readers learn to identify students’ stages of development as a means for determining not only what to teach, but how. The book reflects an integrated model of literacy instruction based on the understanding that reading and writing are developmental processes, presenting the essential elements of literacy—word analysis, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, and motivation—in every chapter. Foundational chapters address the nature of development and the interaction of thought, language, and literacy. Additionally, there are chapters devoted to each stage of development: Emergent, Beginning, Transitional, Intermediate, and Skillful.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Foundations of Literacy Instruction         1

Chapter 2: Language, Thought, and Literacy Development         32

Chapter 3: Effective Literacy Instruction: Principles and Practices         71

Chapter 4: Prioritizing Student-Centered Assessment and Instruction         112

Chapter 5: Foundations of Language and Literacy Instruction for English Learners         153

Chapter 6: Emergent Literacy: Engaging the World of Print, Developing Oral Language, and Vocabulary         173

Chapter 7: Beginning Conventional Reading and Writing         219

Chapter 8: Transitional Reading and Writing         270

Chapter 9: Intermediate Reading and Writing         315

Chapter 10: Skillful Literacy         364

Chapter 11: Response to Instruction: Intervention and Acceleration for Readers Who Struggle         414

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