Suggested Texts/Articles to Enhance Literacy Instruction and Learning

Books

The Next Step in Guided Reading
Richardson, J. (2009). The next step in guided reading: Focused assessments and targeted lessons for helping every student become a better reader. New York: Scholastic Inc.

  • “Teachers facing the challenge of meeting the diverse reading needs of students will find the structure and tools …”
  • “Provides detailed lessons for readers at all grade levels and at all reading stages from emergent through proficient practice”

 

The Book Whisperer
Miller, Donalyn. The Book Whisperer. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2009 . Print.

  • “Miller’s unconventional approach dispenses with drills and worksheets that make reading a chore. Instead, she helps students navigate the world of literature and gives them time to read books they pick out themselves.”
  • “The book includes a dynamite list of recommended “kid lit” that helps parents and teachers find the books that students really like to read.”

 

Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide
Fletcher, R. (2001). Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide. N.p.: Heinemann.

  • “… Writing Workshop is a practical book, providing everything a teacher needs to get the writing workshop up and running.”
  • “… reveals what a potent tool the writing workshop can be for empowering young writers.”

 

What Really Matters for Struggling Readers: Designing Research-Based Programs
Allington, R. L. (2011). What Really Matters to Struggling Readers (3rd ed.). N.p.: Pearson.

  • “… delivers a concise and balanced introduction to reading remediation and intervention programs; showing teachers how to use a variety of best practices with children who are struggling readers in order to transform them into proficient readers.”

 

Guiding Readers and Writers Grades 3-6: Teaching Comprehension, Genre and Content Literacy 
Fountas, I. C., & Pinell, G. S. (2000). Guiding Readers and Writers Grades 3-6: Teaching Comprehension, Genre and Content Literacy. N.p.: Heinemann

  • “… supports teachers on the next leg of the literacy journey, addressing the unique challenges of teaching upper elementary students.”

 


Articles 

Phonological Awareness Is Child’s Play 

Yopp, H., & Yopp, R. (2009, January). Phonological Awareness Is Child’s Play.

The article discusses the importance of phonological awareness in a child’s development and suggests several games and techniques to enhance it among toddlers.

Phonological Awareness Is Child’s Play 

The article discusses ways that teachers can use scaffolding to offer phonemic awareness instruction to preschool and kindergarten students. McGee, L. M., & Ukrainetz, T. A. (2009, April). Using Scaffolding to Teach Phonemic Awareness in Preschool and Kindergarten. , 62(7), 599-603.

 Words are wonderful Interactive, time-efficient strategies to teach meaning vocabulary                                                                              Richek, M. (2005). Words are wonderful: Interactive, time-efficient strategies to teach meaning vocabulary. Reading Teacher58(5), 414-423. doi:10.1598/RT.58.5.1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Presents strategies for introducing and practicing meaning vocabulary. Importance of meaning vocabulary; Ways to introduce words

Putting fluency on a fitness plan
Marcell, B. (2011). Putting Fluency on a Fitness Plan : Building Fluency’s Meaning-Making Muscles. Reading Teacher65(4), 242-249. doi:10.1002/TRTR.01034
” … align reading rate and accuracy, alongside expression and comprehension, with the goal of developing ‘real’ readers.”

Read aloud books for developing phonemic awareness
Yopp, H. (1995). Read-aloud books for developing phonemic awareness: An annotated bibliography. Reading Teacher48(6), 538.
“… children’s literature that draw attention to language sounds and are useful for developing phonemic awareness.”

Developing phonemic awareness in young children:
Yopp, H. K. (1992). Developing phonemic awareness in young children. Reading Teacher45(9), 696.
“Talks about the relationship between phonemic awareness and reading and contains examples of phonemic awareness activities.”