Academic journal article Childhood Education

Creating Literacy Instruction for All Students in Grades 4-8

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Creating Literacy Instruction for All Students in Grades 4-8

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CREATING LITERACY INSTRUCTION FOR ALL STUDENTS IN GRADES 4-8. Thomas G. Gunning. Boston, MA: Pearson Education, 2012. 558pp. Paperback, $152.00. This book is an excellent resource for not only educators but also parents who want to understand the complexities of the language process and everything that encompasses a balanced literacy instruction. What sets this book apart from other books is the emphasis on adapting instruction to meet the needs of English language learners, students with disabilities, and struggling readers and writers. The 12 chapters highlight current research, theories, and approaches. Each chapter also provides practical lessons, techniques, and lists of high-interest reading material that can be adapted to meet the needs of any grade level or learning style. The author encourages readers to adapt the lessons and strategies to meet their teaching styles and particular student needs in order to create a balanced program of literacy instruction.

As teachers, we are constantly striving to find the balance between meeting the students' goals and meeting objectives in accordance with state standards. …

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