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Reading First and Beyond

Reading First and Beyond
The Complete Guide for Teachers and Literacy Coaches

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Coaching | Literacy, K-12

April 2005 | 224 pages | Corwin
'The wealth of this information is like finding a chest of jewels you always knew was under the ocean but now here it is, a wonderful discovery that validates everything I knew was right about teaching to the needs of the individual learner' - Leslie Morris, Reading First Coach

Enhance your repertoire of literacy teaching strategies!

Reading proficiency is the most fundamental learning skill, critical to students' success. Renowned educators and authors, Cathy Collins Block and Susan Israel, present an indispensable guide that will give teachers and literacy advisers crystal clear understanding of research-based teaching practices, along with the tools to adopt them. The authors further expand the support for enriched classroom practice through evidence and practical how-to for additional domains that show proven benefits for students, including writing, metacognition and oral language.

Through their explanations, teaching directions, and sample lessons, this resource bridges the gap between key research and daily reading classroom teaching.

Each chapter includes:

- Short classroom-relevant research summaries for teachers

- What teachers need to know about phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency

- Lesson plans addressing each area of literacy

- Components to assess learning

- Strategies to differentiate for special learners and advanced readers

Reading First and Beyond is packed with enriching ideas for all educators that will enhance their list of literacy instructional strategies, while achieving high levels of reading proficiency from all students.

About the Authors
1. Introduction to No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and Reading First (RF)
2. Research-Based Practices for Oral Language Development
3. Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Literacy: Phonemes and Phonemic Awareness
4. Phonics: The Building Blocks of Literacy
5. Vocabulary Development: Powerful Instruction for Reading Success
6. Achieve and Measure Reading Fluency: Expanding the Opportunity
7. Comprehension Instruction: Scientifically Validated Effective Methods
8. Independent Reading and Shared Reading of Trade Books
9. Making Students' Writing Come Alive: Strategies for Teaching Writing
10. Metacognition: Monitoring Strategies to Enhance Reading Comprehension
11. Including Parents as True Partners
References and Suggested Readings

"The wealth of this information is like finding a chest of jewels you always knew was under the ocean but now here it is--a wonderful discovery that validates everything I knew was right about teaching to the needs of the individual learner."

Leslie Morris, Reading First Coach

Cathy Collins Block

Cathy Collins Block is a Professor of Education at Texas Christian University. She has taught every grade level from preschool to graduate school, and was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association from 2002-2005. She has served or is presently serving on the Board of Directors of the National Reading Conference. Nobel Learning Communities, IBM Educational Board of Directors, and the National Center for Learning Disabilities. She presently serves on the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Educational Psychology, Reading Research Quarterly, The Reading Teacher, National Reading Conference Yearbook,... More About Author

Susan E. Israel

Susan E. Israel is an independent researcher, writer, and literacy consultant and currently serves as President and Director of Reading Alliance for Catholic Education in Indiana, where she works with small and large corporations to enhance literacy products. Her special research interests are in the areas of reading comprehension, writing, and child-mind development as it relates to literacy processes. Israel served as assistant professor at the University of Dayton, and in 2005 she was awarded the University’s Panhellenic Council Outstanding Professor Award. She has also served on the national faculty at the University of Notre Dame... More About Author

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