Written with teachers in grades 4 through 8 in mind, Literacy in the Middle Gradeshas been crafted to answer the questions of teachers working with young adolescents. By addressing the realities of teaching in the middle grades - the changing needs of adolescents; the increasing diversity in the classroom; the constantly changing technology available to teachers; the newest federal, state, and curricular demands - this thoroughly applied new edition situates literacy instruction in the contemporary classroom to help new and experienced teachers help young adolescents develop strong literacy skills.
Gail E. Tompkins is Professor Emerita at California State University, Fresno. She regularly works with teachers in their fourth through eighth-grade classrooms and leads staff-development programs on reading and writing. Dr. Tompkins was inducted into the California Reading Association's Reading Hall of Fame in recognition of her publications and other accomplishments in the field of reading, and she has received the prestigious Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching at California State University, Fresno. Previously, Dr. Tompkins taught at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, where she received the Regents' Award for Superior Teaching, and at Miami University in Ohio, where she taught at the McGuffey Laboratory School and worked with preservice teachers. She was also a school teacher in Virginia for eight years.
Dr. Tompkins is the author of six other books published by Pearson: Literacy for the 21st Century: A Balanced Approach, 5th ed. (2010), Language Arts: Patterns of Practice, 7th ed. (2009), Language Arts Essentials, (2006), Teaching Writing: Balancing Process and Product, 5th ed. (2008), 50 Literacy Strategies, 3rd ed. (2009), and two grade-level specific versions of this text: Literacy for the 21st Century: Teaching Reading and Writing in Pre-Kindergarten Through Grade 4, 2nd ed. (2007).
Dr. Tompkins has also worked with grade school through college-level writing teachers at two National Writing Project sites during the last three decades. She directed the Oklahoma Writing Project when she taught at the University of Oklahoma, and more recently she was the director of the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project in California, where she initiated a program to encourage teachers to write for publication. Pearson has published three collections of classroom-tested teaching strategies and lessons written by teachers in the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project: Teaching Vocabulary: 50 Creative Strategies, Grades 6-12, 2nd ed. (2008), edited by Gail E. Tompkins and Cathy L. Blanchfield; 50 Ways to Develop Strategic Writers (2005), also edited by Gail E. Tompkins and Cathy L. Blanchfield; and Sharing the Pen: Interactive Writing With Young Children (2004), edited by Gail E. Tompkins and Stephanie Collom.
Part 1: Literacy in the 21st Century
1 Becoming an Effective Literacy Teacher
2 Examining the Reading and Writing Processes
3 Assessing Literacy Learning
4 Differentiating Instruction
Part 2: Powerful Teaching
5 Eliminating Obstacles to Fluency
6 Expanding Academic Vocabulary
7 Promoting Comprehension: Reader Factors
8 Promoting Comprehension: Text Factors
9 Teaching Writing
Part 3: Effective Instructional Programs
10 Teaching with Trade Books
11 Teaching with Textbooks
12 Using Literacy in the Content Areas
Part 4: Compendium of Instructional Procedures