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The versatile and practical handbook to promote students' literacy and learning!

Scores of children across the country do not read with comprehension, and literacy has become a national priority. In Literacy Matters, internationally recognized author, educational coach, and consultant Robin Fogarty defines and reviews 15 practical literacy approaches that teachers can use across all content areas and grade levels to help students develop essential literacy skills. This user-friendly resource provides strategies for immediate implementation with an overview of the research and best practices associated with each strategy.

With an easy-to-use menu that enables teachers to select the specific strategies they want to use to boost content-area literacy and comprehension, this valuable guide explores proven instructional methods such as

Teaching metacognitive student thinking; Creating literature circles; Involving parents and community; Tapping into prior knowledge; Using technology to impact literacy acquisition

Put these strategies to use in your classroom, and watch as your students improve their reading and comprehension, and apply these tools for success across content areas and in their lives!

Analyze Words to Foster Fluency
Analyze words to foster fluency

The “reading wars” refers to an ongoing debate in which there have been two camps or two schools of thought in the educational community. Each camp of reading educators endorses an approach to teaching reading. One approach is phonics, in which word attack skills reign supreme. The other is the whole language approach, in which literature based reading takes center stage.

However, contrary to the notion of the reading wars—that battle over the ideas of a phonics approach versus a literature based approach—the reality is that both approaches work together. This “balanced” teaching philosophy is embraced by many reading teachers. While this section highlights the phonics approach, the whole language or literature based approach is discussed more ...

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