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Language Arts Essentials

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9780131720060

ISBN10:
0131720066
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Pub. Date:
10/28/2005
Publisher(s):
Pearson
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Summary

This new book from the leading name in the fields of literacy and language arts has been crafted to provide the most concise, research driven, critical information for the language arts. The book is divided into six parts, with each part covering the essentials, strategies, and classroom practices appropriate to the topic. General K-12 Language Arts teachers.

Author Biography

Gail E. Tompkins is Professor Emerita at California State Unversity, Fresno, and she continues to direct the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project.  She regularly works with teachers in their kindergarten through eighth-grade classrooms and leads staff development programs on reading, language arts, and writing.  In 1998 Dr. Tompkins was inducted into the California Reading Association's Reading Hall of Fame in recognition of her publication and other accomplishments in the field of reading, and recently she was awarded the prestigious Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching at California's State University, Fresno.

Table of Contents

PART 1
Teaching Language Arts Today
2(36)
Introduction
3(1)
Classroom Close-Up
4(4)
Mrs. Miller-McColm Teaches Language Arts
4(4)
Essentials
8(3)
Essential #1: The Six Language Arts
8(1)
Essential #2: The Instructional Approaches
9(1)
Theory to Practice: Integrating the Language Arts in a First-Grade Classroom
10(1)
Literature Focus Unit
11(4)
Literature Circles
15(4)
Reading and Writing Workshop
19(4)
Thematic Units
23(4)
Strategies
27(2)
What Is a Strategy?
27(1)
Language Arts Strategies
27(1)
Skills Are Important, Too!
27(1)
What About Teaching Strategies and Skills?
28(1)
Classroom Practice
29(7)
What's the Relationship Between Language and Learning?
29(1)
The Goal of Language Arts Instruction
29(1)
Scaffolding English Learners: Ways to Scaffold English Learners
30(1)
Students Today: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse
31(3)
Critical Literacy: Using Language for Social Action
34(1)
A Is for Authentic Assessment
35(1)
Review
36(2)
The Big Ideas
36(1)
Classroom Inquiry
37(1)
PART 2
Listening
38(20)
Introduction
39(1)
Classroom Close-Up
40(3)
Second Graders Listen to Cook-A-Doodle-Doo!
40(3)
Essentials
43(3)
Essential #1: The Listening Process
43(1)
Essential #2: Purposes for Listening
44(2)
Strategies
46(3)
Listening Strategies
46(2)
Minilesson: Visualizing
48(1)
Minilesson: Getting Clues
48(1)
Classroom Practice
49(8)
Interactive Read-Alouds: Getting Students Engaged in Listening
49(1)
Theory to Practice: Using Interactive Read-Alouds in a Third Grade Classroom
50(2)
Learning to ``Do'' School: Ways to Improve Students' Efferent Listening
52(1)
Scaffolding English Learners: Why Is Listening So Important for English Learners?
53(1)
Developing a Critical Ear
53(3)
A Is for Authentic Assessment: Does Anyone Assess Listening
56(1)
Review
57(1)
The Big Ideas
57(1)
Classroom Inquiry
57(1)
PART 3
Talking
58(22)
Introduction
59(1)
Classroom Close-Up
60(2)
Third Graders Participate in Literature Circles
60(2)
Essentials
62(3)
Essential #1: Small-Group Conversations
62(1)
Essential #2: Levels of Questions
63(1)
Theory to Practice: Third Graders Ask Higher-Level Question About a Story
64(1)
Strategies
65(2)
Talk Strategies
65(1)
Minilesson: Conversations
66(1)
Classroom Practice
67(12)
Academic Language: A Key to School Success
67(1)
Scaffolding English Learners: Teach Academic English Through Thematic Units
68(1)
Can We Talk? Discussing Stories in Grand Conversations
69(1)
Instructional Conversations: Using Talk to Learn
70(1)
K-W-L Charts: Building Knowledge Through Talk
71(2)
The Power of Drama
73(2)
A Is for Authentic Assessment: Retelling Stories to Check Comprehension
75(1)
Theory to Practice: Fifth Graders Become Pilgrims on the Mayflower
75(4)
Review
79(1)
The Big Ideas
79(1)
Classroom Inquiry
79(1)
PART 4
Reading
80(34)
Introduction
81(1)
Classroom Close-Up
82(3)
Fifth Graders Read Number the Stars
82(3)
Essentials
85(5)
Essential #1: What's Important in Reading?
85(2)
Essential #2: The Reading Process
87(1)
Essential #3: Elements of Story Structure
88(2)
Strategies
90(4)
Reading Strategies
90(1)
Scaffolding English Learners: How to Improve Students' Comprehension
91(1)
Minilesson: Theme
92(1)
Minilesson: Making Predictions
93(1)
Minilesson: Sequence
93(1)
Minilesson: Reading Poems
94(1)
Classroom Practice
94(19)
Language Experience Approach: It's Almost Foolproof!
94(2)
Three Ways to Promote Reading
96(1)
Reader Response: Dynamic Engagement With Literature
97(2)
Theory to Practice: Seventh Graders Respond in Reading Logs
99(1)
Nonfiction Books: More Than ``Just the Facts''
100(3)
Walking in Another's Footsteps: Personalizing Reading and Learning
103(2)
Poems Are Like Onions
105(5)
A Is for Authentic Assessment: Making Comprehension Visible
110(3)
Review
113(1)
The Big Ideas
113(1)
Classroom Inquiry
113(1)
PART 5
Writing
114(32)
Introduction
115(1)
Classroom Close-Up
116(2)
A Sixth-Grade Poetry Workshop
116(2)
Essentials
118(4)
Essential #1: Types of Journals
118(1)
Essential #2: The Writing Process
119(2)
Scaffolding English Learners: Using the Writing Process Successfully
121(1)
Strategies
122(4)
Writing Strategies
122(2)
Minilesson: Revising
124(1)
Minilesson: Quickwrite
125(1)
Minilesson: Data Charts
125(1)
Minilesson: Simulated Letters
126(1)
Classroom Practice
126(19)
Young Children Can Write!
126(2)
Good, Better, Best! Ways to Improve Students' Writing
128(1)
Theory to Practice: Mrs. Kirkpatrick's Students Write About Cookies
129(3)
Research Workshop: Asking Questions and Writing Answers
132(3)
Life Stories: Up Close and Personal
135(2)
Becoming a Poet
137(4)
A Is for Authentic Assessment: Using Rubrics to Assess Writing
141(4)
Review
145(1)
The Big Ideas
145(1)
Classroom Inquiry
145(1)
PART 6
Language Tools
146(30)
Introduction
147(1)
Classroom Close-Up
148(2)
Mr. Martinez Individualizes Spelling Instruction
148(2)
Essentials
150(4)
Essential #1: Grammar Concepts
150(2)
Essential #2: Stages of Spelling Development
152(2)
Strategies
154(2)
Vocabulary Strategies
154(1)
Grammar Strategies
154(1)
Spelling Strategies
155(1)
Minilesson: Combining Sentences
155(1)
Minilesson: ``Think It Out''
156(1)
Classroom Practice
156(18)
The Story of English
156(4)
Word Smarts
160(3)
Why Teach Grammar?
163(1)
Theory to Practice: Ms. Vang Teaches Vocabulary Using Smoky Night
163(1)
Scaffolding English Learners: How Should I Teach Grammar to My English Learners?
164(3)
Let's Play Sentence Games!
167(2)
Teaching Students to Spell Conventionally
169(2)
A Is for Authentic Assessment: Analyzing Students' Spelling Development
171(3)
Review
174(2)
The Big Ideas
174(1)
Classroom Inquiry
175(1)
References 176(10)
Index 186


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