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Reading to Learn Lessons from Exemplary Fourth-Grade Classrooms

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ISBN13:

9781572307636

ISBN10:
1572307633
Format:
Hardcover
Pub. Date:
4/19/2002
Publisher(s):
The Guilford Press

Summary

Fourth-graders around the country face new, high-stakes standardized tests, drawing increased attention to the need for effective literacy instruction in the upper-elementary grades. This essential book goes beyond political catch-phrases to examine what actually works in the fourth-grade classroom. After reviewing current research on upper-elementary reading instruction, the book takes readers directly into the classrooms of six highly successful teachers. Like the previously published Learning to Read, which focused on the first grade, Reading to Learn offers a rare view of the techniques and strategies good teachers use to engage students, help them develop as thoughtful readers and writers, and bolster self-directed learning and literate conversation. Bringing to life the complexities of day-to-day work with diverse students, the book provides inspiration and practical ideas for any teacher in the upper-elementary grades.

Author Biography

Richard L. Allington, PhD, College of Education, University of Florida; Peter H. Johnston, PhD, Department of Reading, State University of New York at Albany.

Table of Contents

PART I WHAT DO WE KNOW AND NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GOOD FOURTH-GRADE TEACHING?
Teaching Fourth Grade in the 21st Century
3(15)
What Do We Know about Effective Fourth-Grade Teachers?
18(19)
PART II WHAT DO GOOD CLASSROOMS LOOK AND FEEL LIKE?
Inquiry and a Good Conversation: ``I Learn a Lot from Them''
37(17)
Peter H. Johnston
Joan Backer
``Responsibility and Respect for Themselves and for Whatever It Is They're Doing'': Learning to Be Literate in an Inclusion Classroom
54(24)
Gay Ivey
``Focus on the Real and Make Sure It Connects to Kids' Lives''
78(21)
Ruth Wharton-McDonald
June Williamson
``We Learn from Each Other'': Collaboration and Community in a Bilingual Classroom
99(24)
Jeni Pollack Day
A Caring, Responsible Learning Community
123(17)
Peter H. Johnston
Mary Ellen Quinlan
``I Want Students Who Are Thinkers''
140(29)
Peter H. Johnston
Tracey Bennett
John Cronin
PART III WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED ABOUT GOOD FOURTH-GRADE TEACHING?
Integrated Instruction in Exemplary Fourth-Grade Classrooms
169(19)
Literate Achievements in Fourth Grade
188(16)
The Nature of Good Fourth-Grade Teaching
204(19)
Shifting the Focus of the Reading Debate: A Cautionary Afterword 223(10)
Gerald G. Duffy
Appendix: Achievement Growth on Standardized Reading Tests 233(2)
References 235(12)
Children's Publications Cited 247(2)
Index 249


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