Teaching Reading and Writing: Improving Instruction and Student Achievement

Volume Editors: Brett Miller, Peggy McCardle Ph.D., MPH, Richard Long; Foreword Author: Jeb Bush

Format: Paperback, 192 pages, 7.0 x 10.0
ISBN: 9781598573640
Price: $39.95

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What's the connection between reading and writing, and how should they be taught—both together and separately? Discover the answers in this cutting-edge research volume, ideal for use as a graduate-level text or a trusted professional reference. Featuring groundbreaking contributions from a who's who of top-level researchers, this important volume gives educators the foundational knowledge they'll need to plan and deliver high-quality, evidence-based reading and writing instruction aligned with Common Core State Standards. Educators will fully explore the link between reading and writing, learn how they complement and enhance each other, and discover promising instructional approaches that can strengthen all students' literacy skills and reduce achievement gaps.

  • Integrating reading and writing instruction
  • Aligning instruction with Common Core State Standards
  • Effectively translating the results of research studies into everyday practice
  • Incorporating literacy instruction into academic content areas
  • Developing a unified assessment model for literacy
  • Building students' critical thinking skills
  • Designing instruction and interventions for English language learners
  • Creating preservice and inservice programs that help teachers support the reading-writing connection
  • Using technology to teach—and strengthen—the reading-writing connection


Review by: Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education; former governor of West Virginia
“Draws upon a wealth of research and case studies to illuminate the important reading-writing connection in attaining and demonstrating rich knowledge within subject areas.”
Review by: Virginia Berninger, Professor and Director of the NICHD-funded Center for Oral and Written Language Learners (OWLS)
“The first comprehensive collection of research findings on reading-writing connections with a vision for future research. The contents are must reading for practitioners, researchers, and policy makers in the Common Core era of the information age.”
Review by: Richard Olson, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience; Director, Colorado Learning Disabilities Research Center, University of Colorado, Boulder
“[A] timely edited volume on teaching reading and writing . . . The chapter authors and editors are to be congratulated for their contributions and for the impact they will have on the improvement of theory and practice in literacy instruction.”
Review by: Tamie Pratt-Fartro, Assistant Professor of Education, University of Mary Washington
“A must read for those who care about effective preK-12 literacy instruction, high-quality teacher preparation programs, and increasing student achievement throughout our nation.”
Review by: Joanne Antrim, Assistant Professor, Concordia University Texas
“Offer[s] constructive ideas for professional development and application of the research while preparing educators to look to the future as they continue to strive for students success.”
Review by: Stephanie Al Otaiba, Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, Southern Methodist University
“Timely for informing instructional practices under the new Common Core Standards . . . readers will find [the] synthesis of the evidence base informative and significant for moving research into practice.”
Review by: Timothy Shanahan, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Chicago
“Romeo and Juliet, Abbott & Costello, peanut butter & jelly some combinations just make sense. This nifty little book explores one of these combinations, reading and writing: a pair that in the past has too often been kept apart in schools. This is a very practical book for educational leaders looking for a certain path to higher literacy achievement.”
Review by: Jill Fitzgerald, MetaMetrics, The Professor Emerita and Adjunct Research Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“A stimulating resource . . . [with] an amalgam of authors not often seen under one cover.”

Table of Contents

About the Editors
About the Contributors
Foreword: Jeb Bush
Preface: Carrice Cummins
  1. Introduction
    Brett Miller, Peggy McCardle, and Richard Long
I. The Basis: How Do We Approach Reading and Writing Today? Separately or as Two Sides of a Coin?
  1. The Reading Side
    Carol McDonald Connor, Sarah Ingebrand, and Jennifer Dombek

  2. The Writing Side
    Lara-Jeane Costa, Unber Ahmad, Crystal Edwards, Sarah Vanselous, Donna Carlson Yerby, and Stephen R. Hooper

  3. Integrating Reading and Writing Instruction
    Karen R. Harris and Steve Graham
II. Applying What We Know: Evidence Bases and Practical Implementations
  1. What Is an Evidence Base and When Can It Be Implemented?
    Peggy McCardle and Brett Miller

  2. Teacher Education for the Reading-Writing Connection
    Devon Brenner

  3. The Role of Linguistic Differences in Reading and Writing Instruction
    Julie A. Washington, Megan C. Brown, and Katherine T. Rhodes

  4. Discussion as a Means of Learning to Reason, Read, and Write Analytically
    Joanne F. Carlisle, Julie Dwyer, and Julie E. Learned

  5. Reading and Writing in the Service of Developing Rich Disciplinary Knowledge: Prospects in the Age of the Common Core State Standards
    Jacquelyn M. Urbani, P. David Pearson, Sara Ballute, and Timothy A. Lent

  6. Do No Harm: Applications and Misapplications of Research to Practice
    Dorothy S. Strickland
III. Preparing for Change: The Intersection of Theory, Measurement, and Technology with Instruction
  1. Measurement: Facilitating the Goal of Literacy
    Joanna S. Gorin, Tenaha O'Reilly, John Sabatini, Yi Song, and Paul Deane

  2. The Many Possible Roles for Technology in the Reading-Writing Connection
    Kim Atwill and Jay Blanchard

  3. Why We Should Care About Literacy Models: Models of Reading and Writing and How They Can Elucidate the Connection Between Reading and Writing
    Yusra Ahmed, Young-Suk Kim, and Richard K. Wagner

  4. In Summary: What Can We Agree On?
    Peggy McCardle, Richard Long, and Brett Miller

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