Literacy Strategies for Grades 4-12: Reinforcing the Threads of Reading

Literacy Strategies for Grades 4-12: Reinforcing the Threads of Reading

Literacy Strategies for Grades 4-12: Reinforcing the Threads of Reading

Literacy Strategies for Grades 4-12: Reinforcing the Threads of Reading

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Teaching is not simply the ability to create a fantastic
lesson plan for one day: rather, it is the ability to weave var
ious experiences together to form a tapestry that provides
the opportunities for children to immerse themselves in
quality literature and develop as sophisticated readers.

—Frank Serafini (2001, p. xvi)

Over the past decade, researchers and policymakers in the United States have focused on preventing reading difficulties in the early grades. Under the reauthorization of the U.S. Elementary and Secondary Education Act in 2001, the federal government pledged $900 million to the states for professional development and the implementation of [research-proven] reading practices at the preK–3rd grade level. Although there is no dispute that early reading success is essential, too little has been done to address the needs of students and teachers beyond the 3rd grade.

A solid foundation in phonemic awareness, vocabulary, and general background knowledge is essential for young students if they are to become successful readers. Research clearly shows that students who fall behind their classmates as early . . .

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