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Beginning to Read: Thinking and Learning about Print
Beginning to Read: Thinking and Learning about Print
By: Marilyn J. Adams
The MIT Press; Reprint edition
(1994)

Beginning to Read reconciles the debate that has divided theorists for decades over the "right" way to help children learn to read. Drawing on a rich array of research on the nature and development of reading proficiency, Adams shows educators that they need not remain trapped in the phonics versus teaching-for-meaning dilemma.

Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children
Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children
By: Michael Thompson

Best Friends, Worst Enemies brings to life the drama of childhood relationships, guiding parents to a deeper understanding of the motives and meanings of social behavior. Here you will find penetrating discussions of the difference between friendship and popularity, how boys and girls deal in unique ways with intimacy and commitment, whether all kids need a best friend, why cliques form and what you can do about them.

Best Practices in Literacy Instruction
Best Practices in Literacy Instruction
By: Linda Gambrell (Editor), Lesley Morrow (Editor), Susan Neuman (Editor), Michael Pressley (Editor)
The Guilford Press
(1999)

Recent school reform efforts have emphasized the need for higher literacy standards in schools across the country. Offering practical guidance for literacy educators, curriculum development specialists, and other education professionals and policy makers, this volume considers how we can most effectively improve the quality and content of reading and writing instruction.

Between Worlds, Third Edition: Access to Second Language Acquisition
Between Worlds, Third Edition: Access to Second Language Acquisition
By: David Freeman, Yvonne Freeman
Heinemann
(2011)

In the third edition of this title by ELL experts David E. and Yvonne S. Freeman, the authors present the most up-to-date research from the field regarding second language acquisition and best practices for ELLs in a format that is accessible and easy to use. Topics include in-depth case studies of students, as well as theories of language acquisition, bilingual education, reading instruction, academic language, and how a school's cultural orientation impacts student language learning. Each chapter also presents discussion questions, classroom examples, and teacher reflections. Related video clips, professional development resources, and the first chapter of the book are available through the Heinemann website.

Beyond Baby Talk: From Sounds to Sentences, A Parent's Complete Guide to Language Development
Beyond Baby Talk: From Sounds to Sentences, A Parent's Complete Guide to Language Development
By: Kenn Apel, Julie Masterson

The first five years of a child's life are the most critical for speech and language development, and, as a parent, you are your child's primary language role model. So what are the best ways to help your child develop the all-important skill of communication? Inside, you'll discover all of the essential steps and checkpoints from birth through age five, tips to help your child progress on schedule, and easy methods to:

  • Evaluate and monitor your child's language development
  • Understand and deal with environmental impacts such as television and cultural styles
  • Recognize the signs of language development problems

Book Buddies: Guidelines for Volunteer Tutors of Emergent and Early Readers
Book Buddies: Guidelines for Volunteer Tutors of Emergent and Early Readers
By: Francine Johnston, Marcia Invernizzi , Connie Juel
The Guilford Press
(1998)

Volunteer tutors can make a tremendous difference in the reading skills and the lives of young children. This comprehensive tutorial manual has been developed from the Book Buddies program of Charlottesville, Virginia, the first large-scale model to mobilize hundreds of community volunteers in an alternative one-on-one intervention for children at risk for reading failure.

Bridging the Gap: Raising a Child with Nonverbal Learning Disorder
Bridging the Gap: Raising a Child with Nonverbal Learning Disorder
By: Rondalyn Varney Whitney

Author Rondalyn Varney Whitney, a pediatric occupational therapist, is the mother of Zac, a child who suffers from nonverbal learning disorder, or NLD. By definition, NLD is a neurological defect in children who are unable to recognize the nonverbal clues that make up 50 percent of communication. In Bridging the Gap, Whitney seamlessly weaves practical professional advice throughout the account of her passionate involvement with her son. She writes, "I believe that NLD, now thought to be as prevalent as dyslexia, is a difference and not a flaw." She also warns parents and teachers that kids with NLD are likely to be misdiagnosed as lazy or defiant, so she urges readers to consider both the strengths (high intelligence and advanced verbal skills and memory) and weaknesses (low visual, spatial, and motor skills and deficits in social communication) of these kids.

Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction
Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction
By: Isabel Beck, Margaret McKeown , Linda Kucan
The Guilford Press
(2002)

Product Description: This book provides a research-based framework and practical strategies for vocabulary development with children from the earliest grades through high school. The authors emphasize instruction that offers rich information about words and their uses and enhances students' language comprehension and production. Teachers are guided in selecting words for instruction; developing student-friendly explanations of new words; creating meaningful learning activities; and getting students involved in thinking about, using, and noticing new words both within and outside the classroom. Many concrete examples, sample classroom dialogues, and exercises for teachers bring the material to life.

Building a Foundation for PreSchool Literacy
Building a Foundation for PreSchool Literacy
By: Carol Vukelich, James Christie
International Reading Association

Product Description: The second edition of this book presents the core content and best practice strategies needed to provide preschoolers with effective early literacy instruction. Each chapter explains why the instructional strategies should be used and offers illustrations on how the strategies have been used in early childhood classrooms by outstanding teachers of language and literacy. Topics include phonological awareness, creating a print-rich environment, planning an effective daily schedule, storybook read-alouds, professional development, and assessment.

Building Academic Language: Essential Practices for Content Classrooms, Grades 5-12
Building Academic Language: Essential Practices for Content Classrooms, Grades 5-12
By: Jeff Zwiers
Jossey-Bass
(2007)

Product Description: Jeff Zwiers explains the functions and features of academic language that every teacher (language arts, history, math, & science teachers, etc.) should know for supporting academic reading, writing, and discussion. Major topics and themes include how language-building activities (discussions, small groups, etc.) can support content understanding; how we can build on students' diverse ways of understanding, learning, and communicating about the world; and how we can more effectively model and scaffold academic language in our teaching and assessment.

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