Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Education

Language and Literacy: Content and Teaching Strategies, 7th Canadian Edition

Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Education

Language and Literacy: Content and Teaching Strategies, 7th Canadian Edition

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Language and Literacy: Content and Teaching Strategies, 7th Canadian edition

By Gail E. Tompkins, Robin M. Bright, & Pamela J.T. Winsor

Toronto, Ontario: Pearson Canada, 2018, 446 pages

ISBN: 978-0-13-409589-9 (paperback)

In 2006, Jill A. Jones asked the question, "Are all teachers reading teachers?" In the decade plus since Jones proffered this question, an educational shift has occurred which has placed a greater emphasis on teaching literacy across the curriculum without regard to subject area or grade level. In essence, all teachers have become literacy teachers. Gail E. Tomkins, Robin M. Bright, and Pamela J.T. Winsor have crafted a text that tackles literacy from multiple viewpoints and that delves into a wide range of reading-based topics. Classroom teachers will find value in the specific teaching strategies offered and in the rich depth provided throughout.

The seventh Canadian edition of Language and Literacy: Content and Teaching Strategies has evolved in direct correlation to the evolution that has taken place within the field of literacy and teaching reading over the last decade. Two of the most important additions to this edition are the emphasis placed on working with English language learners within the classroom and the increased emphasis on using technology more broadly as it relates to literacy. Previous editions provided strategies and helpful background information for working with English language learners, but the seventh edition offers updated information and more specific depth related to differentiating instruction for this population as well as a focus on meeting the needs of other diverse learner groups. Technology is addressed in a myriad of ways within the text with special attention paid to helping teachers utilize technology as an asset within the teaching process. Digital storytelling, blogging, and other online activities are covered and there is a greater emphasis placed on integrating communication technology into language and literacy programs. The connection between functional literacies and new literacies is a focal point as well. An updated variety of Canadian children's and young adult literature is provided and greater attention is paid to narrative nonfiction and creative nonfiction sources. Finally, this text includes a wealth of instructor resources including an instructor's manual, test item file, and access to learning solutions managers through Pearson.

The text is divided into eleven chapters. The first few chapters begin by addressing basic learning at it relates to the language arts and how literacy is directly tied to this discipline. Student diversities and cultural differences as they relate to reading are also covered. This is followed by a description of emergent literacy and a description of how young children become readers. …

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