Fundamentals of Literacy Instruction and Assessment, Pre-K-6

Volume Editors: Martha C. Hougen Ph.D., Susan M. Smartt Ph.D.

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages, 8.5 x 11.0
ISBN: 9781598572056
Price: $66.95

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For future literacy teachers just beginning their professional education, nothing's more important than the first core text that builds their foundation for classroom success. That's why every preservice teacher should start with this introductory reading textbook, ideal for teaching fundamental literacy skills to students in pre-K through Grade 6.

Based on cutting-edge research, best practices, and the newest professional standards, this core literacy textbook is a must for tomorrow's teachers because it

  • Focuses on pre-K through Grade 6—critical years for mastering the basics of literacy and becoming a successful reader
  • Covers every key element of reading: oral language, phonemic awareness, phonics, alphabetic principle, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, handwriting, spelling, and writing
  • Fully explains the new Common Core State Standards and links them explicitly with each key reading component
  • Highlights best assessment practices for each reading component and makes clear connections between assessment and effective instruction
  • Weaves RTI guidance throughout, so teachers can implement this highly effective model in their own classrooms
  • Includes contributions from highly respected experts in reading instruction
  • Advances differentiated instruction and inclusion, with guidance on teaching struggling students and English language learners
  • Prepares educators for the real world of teaching, with ready-to-use tips on addressing all the elements of reading instruction in their allotted classroom time
  • Examines current legislation, including the reauthorization of the Early and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and what it means for classroom instruction

Expertly organized and student-friendly, this practical text makes complex material easy to learn with case studies and classroom examples, scripted demonstrations of lessons, in-class exercises, chapter objectives, glossary terms, engaging photos, and short summaries of key information. And each chapter includes sample assignments ideal for tutors or student teachers, so they can immediately translate their knowledge into effective instruction.

The essential first step in every reading teacher's professional preparation, this accessible textbook lays a solid foundation for future coursework—and for a successful career of shaping confident, competent readers.


Please download Replacement Table 4.1. Guide to pronunciation of English sounds, from page 59, Fundamentals of Literacy Instruction and Assesment, Pre-K–6.


Review by: Vicki Gibson, Chairman/CEO, Gibson Hasbrouck & Associates
"The evidence-based, practical suggestions and resources will enhance your knowledge and help you provide student-focused, high quality instruction and productive practice."
Review by: R. Malatesha Joshi, Professor of Reading/Language Arts Education, ESL, and Educational Psychology, Texas A&M University College Station; Editor, Reading and Writing
"A comprehensive and well-organized volume on how to teach literacy skills based on current scientific evidence . . . should be required reading for professionals interested in improving literacy skills at all levels."

Table of Contents

About the Editors
  1. Becoming an Effective Literacy Teacher
    Martha Hougen
  2. The Essential Components of Literacy Instruction
    Martha Hougen
  3. Oral Language and Listening Skills Development in Early Childhood
    Christie Cavanaugh
  4. Phonological Awareness: A Critical Foundation for Beginning Reading
    Stephanie Al Otaiba & Martha Hougen
  5. Effective Phonics Instruction
    Martha Hougen & Stephanie Al Otaiba
  6. Beginning Handwriting, Spelling, and Composition Instruction
    Suzanne Carreker
  7. The Common Core State Standards and Text Complexity
    Elfrieda H. Hiebert
  8. Reading Fluency Assessment and Instruction
    Jan Hasbrouck & Martha Hougen
  9. What's Important to Know about Words of Written Language
    Elfrieda H. Hiebert
  10. Vocabulary Growth, Assessment, and Instruction
    Martha Hougen & Susan M. Ebbers
  11. Comprehension, Grades K3
    Darcy Dycha
  12. Comprehension, Grades 46
    Stephen Ciullo & Colleen Reutebuch
  13. Strategic and Meaningful Writing Instruction for Elementary Students
    Natalie G. Olinghouse & Joshua Wilson
  14. Disciplinary Literacy
    Kristie Hotchkiss & Susan M. Smartt
  15. Current Laws, Policies, Initiatives, Common Core State Standards, and Response to Intervention
    Susan M. Smartt
  16. Putting It All Together in Your Classroom
    Heather Haynes
  17. 10 Tips for Becoming an Effective Teacher
    Martha Hougen & Susan M. Smartt
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D
Appendix E: Glossary


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