Teaching Reading and Writing: The Developmental Approach is a comprehensive yet accessible guide to the tools and knowledge pre-service and experienced teachers need to teach literacy in a developmentally-responsive and integrated way—while meeting the diverse needs of students in today’s classrooms. Using a conversational tone to present a wealth of critical content, the book helps readers connect theory to practice through vignettes and sample lessons from real classrooms; authentic student work samples; ideas for using and integrating print-based and digital texts across the curriculum; and tools for organizing and managing a comprehensive, developmentally-responsive literacy program.
Shane Templeton is Foundation Professor Emeritus of Literacy Studies, University of Nevada, Reno. A former classroom teacher at the primary and secondary levels, he has focused his research on the development of orthographic and vocabulary knowledge. He has written several books on the teaching and learning of reading and language arts and is a member of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary.
Kristin M. Gehsmann is Associate Professor of Education and Coordinator of the Master’s in Reading Concentration at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. A former elementary school teacher and preK-12 literacy consultant, she conducts research on narrowing the achievement gap in high poverty communities and bringing research-based practices to scale through ongoing professional development.
1. The Foundations of Literacy Instruction
2. Language, Thought, and Literacy Development
3. Effective Literacy Instruction: Principles and Practices
4. Policy and Practice: Prioritizing Student-Centered Assessment and Instruction in Your Classroom
5. Foundations of Language and Literacy Instruction for English Learners
6. Emergent Literacy: Engaging the World of Print, Developing Oral Language, and Vocabulary
7. Beginning Literacy: Developing Word Knowledge and Conventional Reading and Writing
8. Transitional Literacy: Developing Reading and Writing Fluency and Thoughtful Interactions with Text
9. Intermediate Literacy: Reading and Writing Complex Texts and Developing Academic Vocabulary
10. Skillful Literacy: Developing Critical Engagements with Texts, Language, and Vocabulary
11. Response to Instruction: Intervention, and Acceleration for Readers who Struggle
C. Observation and Teacher Self-Assessment Tools