Teaching Literacy in Fourth Grade

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-05-14
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press

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Fourth grade is a momentous year for literacy learning. Having left the primary grades behind, students must grapple with more demanding texts and content material--and effective, motivating instruction can help them succeed. This book helps teachers vanquish the dreaded "fourth-grade slump" by creating an energized and organized learning environment in which all students can improve their reading and writing strategies. Taking readers into the classroom of an exemplary fourth-grade teacher, the book includes useful assessment tools, differentiation techniques, mini lessons, unit plans, reproducibles, and examples of student work. Special attention is given to meeting the challenges of high-stakes testing without sacrificing instructional quality.

Author Biography

Denise Johnson, EdD, is Associate Professor of Reading Education at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She has worked as an elementary classroom teacher, a middle school reading specialist, and a Reading Recovery teacher. Her research interests include literacy, children's literature, and the integration of technology into literacy instruction.  

Table of Contents

What Is the Fourth-Grade Child Like?
Knowing What to Teach in Fourth Grade
Setting Up the Classroom Environment for Literacy Learning
Getting to Know Your Students
Differentiating Instruction for Diverse Learners
A Week in a Fourth-Grade Classroom
Developing Home-School Partnerships That Help Children Learn
Resources and More
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