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Literacy Strategies for Teacher Candidates



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Literacy Strategies for Teacher Candidatesis packed with a variety of concepts, strategies, and application ideas teacher candidates can use to gain a better understanding of teaching andlearning, and ultimately improve the effectiveness of their teaching. The topics covered include the most common content taught in literacy education methods courses. This book serves as a handy supplement that teacher candidates can use to more fully understand the practical applications of the concepts and methods presented and then take the book into their own classrooms as a hands-on guide for implementing the ideas with their own students.

Author Biography

Laurie Elish-Piper is a Presidential Teaching Professor in the Department of Literacy Education at Northern Illinois University. She also serves as the NIU Literacy Clinic Director and Co-Director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language and Literacy. Her research and teaching focus on literacy assessment, supporting struggling readers, readers’ rights, literacy coaching, and family literacy. She has also co-authored six books including A Declaration of Readers’ Rights: Renewing Our Commitment to Students (Allyn & Bacon, 2008) and Teaching Reading Pre-K — Grade 3 (Kendall/Hunt, 2006). Prior to her current position, Dr. Elish-Piper worked as an elementary teacher, middle school reading teacher, and educational therapist in a clinical setting.


Susan K. L’Allier is an Associate Professor in the Department of Literacy Education at Northern Illinois University. She teaches undergraduate students majoring in Elementary Education and graduate students working toward their reading specialist certification. Her research focuses on literacy coaching, school-university partnerships, and embedding children’s literature into literacy instruction. She has authored and co-authored several journal articles based on her research. Prior to her current position, Dr. L’Allier worked as a preschool and elementary teacher of the hearing impaired and as a principal.


Table of Contents

Teaching Focus 1.  Becoming Engaged with Required Readings from Text


Teaching Focus 2.  Understanding Phonemic Awareness and How to Teach It


Teaching Focus 3.  Developing Knowledge About Phonics and How to Teach It


Teaching Focus 4.  Learning About Fluency Instruction


Teaching Focus 5.  Examining Vocabulary Instruction


Teaching Focus 6.  Learning about Comprehension Instruction


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