Fundamentals of Literacy Instruction and Assessment: 6-12

Volume Editor: Martha C. Hougen Ph.D.; Foreword Author: Carol Jago

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages, 8.5 x 11.0
ISBN: 9781598573596
Price: $66.95

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Prepare future educators to strengthen the literacy skills of students in Grades 6–12 with this introductory reading textbook, based on the latest research, the Common Core State Standards, and recommended instructional practices. The perfect first text on adolescent literacy, this expertly organized volume covers all the fundamentals of how reading and writing skills develop in older students and how to teach literacy within key academic content areas: language arts, math, science, and history. More than 20 of today's top authorities give educators the solid, practical background knowledge they'll need for the rest of their careers, as they shape the next generation of confident readers and writers.

  • teach the fundamental components of literacy, with special emphasis on fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension
  • address the Common Core State Standards
  • prepare students for college and career by teaching literacy in content areas
  • differentiate instruction for struggling students and English language learners
  • implement the highly effective RTI model and other multi-tiered systems of support
  • apply evidence-based instructional strategies in the classroom
  • use current legislation to inform classroom instruction
STUDENT-FRIENDLY FEATURES: Practical sample lesson plans for use in tutoring and student teaching, classroom examples illustrating recommended practices, helpful chapter objectives and summaries, in-class exercises and homework assignments, an appendix of formative assessment strategies.


Review by: Shane Templeton, Foundation Professor Emeritus of Literacy Studies, University of Nevada, Reno
“An invaluable and comprehensive exploration of literacy instruction across all academic domains at the middle and secondary levels. These authors provide accessible and invaluable guidance to those planning to teach, as well as to those already in the classroom.”
Review by: Debra Glaser, NCTQ Principal Consultant, LETRS National Trainer, Glaser Educational Consulting, LLC
“Responds to a desperate need for texts that train our teachers in science-based practice during a time of increasing accountability.”
Review by: Karen Harris, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University
“Offers beginning teachers both breadth and depth in preparation to teach both literacy skills and disciplinary content. Powerful, effective literacy strategies and their use in content areas are clearly explained and scaffolds for their use provided.”
Review by: Donald Deshler, Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Special Education, University of Kansas
“Will be an enormously useful book in the hands of educators who want to improve literacy outcomes for adolescents.”

Table of Contents

About the Reproducible Material
About the Editor
About the Contributors
Foreword: Carol Jago

I. Introduction to Literacy Assessment and Instruction, Grades 6–12
  1. Teaching Literacy and Content
    Martha C. Hougen
  2. Social and Emotional Consequences of Reading Disability
    Leslie Novosel
  3. Features of Effective Instruction
    Jennifer B. Wick Schnakenberg and Martha C. Hougen
  4. Academic Vocabulary Development: Meaningful, Memorable, and Morphological
    Susan Ebbers and Martha C. Hougen
  5. Fluency Development for the Older Student
    Jan Hasbrouck and Martha C. Hougen
  6. "Now It Makes Sense!": Best Practices for Reading Comprehension
    Stephen Ciullo and Colleen Reutebuch
  7. Learning to Write and Writing to Learn
    Joan Sedita
  8. Understanding the New Demands for Text Complexity in American Secondary Schools
    Elfrieda H. Hiebert
II. Disciplinary Literacy
  1. The What and Why of Disciplinary Literacy
    Cynthia Shanahan and Timothy Shanahan
  2. Disciplinary Literacy in English/Language Arts Classes
    Leslie S. Rush
  3. Teaching Disciplinary Literacy in History Classes
    Abby Reisman and Bradley Fogo
  4. Teaching Students to Read and Write in Science
    Dolores Perin
  5. Reading and Writing as a Mathematician
    Brian R. Bryant and Diane Pedrotty Bryant
  6. Literacy in the Arts
    Neva Cramer
III. Timely Topics
  1. Teaching Adolescent English Language Learners
    Desiree Pallais
  2. Response to Intervention and Multi-tiered Systems for Support in Secondary Schools
    Pamela Bel
  3. Microblogging: An Example of Using Technology to Increase Engagement and Achievement
    Hannah R. Gerber
  4. Current Laws, Policies, and Initiatives
    Martha C. Hougen, Susan Smartt, and Jane Hunt
  5. Ten Tips for Becoming an Effective Teacher
    Martha C. Hougen
Appendix A Formative Assessment Strategies
Appendix B Helpful Web Sites
Appendix C Sample Lesson Plans and Instructional Tools
Appendix D Glossary

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