Academic journal article Childhood Education

Teaching New Literacies in Grades 4-6: Resources for 21st Century Classrooms

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Teaching New Literacies in Grades 4-6: Resources for 21st Century Classrooms

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TEACHING NEW LITERACIES IN GRADES 4-6: Resources for 21st Century Classrooms. Barbara Moss & Diane Lapp. New York, NY." The Guilford Press, 2010. 354pp. Paperback, $35.00. Today's teachers have the unique task of engaging students with multiple forms of texts. It is essential for students to learn through different mediums so they can develop prior knowledge and learn how to read and learn in a 21st century world. Teaching New Literacies in Grades 4-6 helps teachers of this grade group learn about different text types and prepares them for engaging their students with these texts in the classroom.

Two education professors at San Diego State University, Barbara Moss and Diane Lapp, edited this anthology. Every chapter follows a basic formula: define the literacy strategy, tell why the strategy is important, explain the characteristics of the strategy, provide a sample lesson, draw conclusions, provide a list of resources, and list the chapter references. Each chapter explains the relevance of the strategy being discussed and shows real-world examples of how you can use it in a classroom.

The book covers a wide array of literacies, everything from writing a bibliography, to reading a science experiment, to teaching poetry. …

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