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Differentiated Reading Instruction: Strategies for the Primary Grades

by Sharon Walpole and Michael C. McKenna Guilford Publications
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All teachers recognize the importance of matching literacy instruction to the ability level and needs of each child-but how can this crucial goal actually be accomplished? This indispensable book provides a research-based framework and flexible, highly practical strategies for making differentiated instruction work.

Written by leading experts, the book presents: * Effective techniques for teaching each component of the beginning reading program * A clear, easy-to-implement assessment system * Step-by-step differentiation plans for K-3 classrooms * Vivid classroom examples that illustrate differentiation in action * Scheduling tips, problem-solving ideas, and helpful reproducibles

PHOTOCOPY RIGHTS: The Publisher grants individual book purchasers nonassignable permission to reproduce selected materials in this book for professional use. For details and limitations, see copyright page.

KEY FEATURES: * In demand: unique book is a complete guide to one of today's hottest approaches. * Extremely practical and research based; will be welcomed by teachers. * Provides day-by-day strategies, lesson plans, and reproducibles. * Addresses the 'Big Five' literacy components of Reading First legislation. * From leading experts who coauthored the successful Literacy Coach's Handbook.

AUDIENCE: Classroom teachers, reading specialists, literacy coaches, curriculum directors, and teacher educators. COURSE USE: May serve as a supplemental text in early literacy methods and reading diagnosis courses.

CRITICAL ACCLAIM 'Literacy coaches and reading specialists will find this book invaluable as they guide and support teachers of reading. Each topic lends itself to a session of professional development. The organization and detailed table of contents enable teachers to read the book in its entirety or draw on specific chapters as needed. In my 32 years in education, I have read hundreds of methods books. The majority of these books are read and digested, a few salient ideas are extracted, then they go on a shelf or are given away. Differentiated Reading Instruction is not that kind of book-rather, it's a 'bible' of reading instruction for primary grades. Teachers will consult this book on a regular basis: It will help drive their reading instruction, not sit on their shelves.'--- Harri Wasch, MEd, Literacy Coordinator, Paul H. Cale Elementary School, Charlottesville, Virginia

'Useful for both inservice and preservice teachers, this book offers a sensible and research-based approach to differentiated instruction. The organization makes the book especially useful: First it explains and illuminates what differentiation is, and then it provides detailed descriptions of highly useable instructional practices in the areas of phonemic awareness, word recognition, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. The concluding chapters put it all together in the form of realistic differentiation plans for kindergarten through the third grade. Differentiation is key to effective instruction, and Walpole and McKenna provide lessons and plans that will give teachers what they need to optimize their teaching.' --- Sylvia Read, PhD, Department of Elementary Education, Utah State University

'There is much to like about this book. It discusses a very complex instructional practice in a clear, straightforward manner; provides a basic blueprint for implementing this practice in the classroom; and perhaps best of all, provides specific guidance for differentiating instruction in the five essentials of primary grade reading. This is a practical, easy-to-follow book that classroom teachers will find very useful.'--- Kathleen Roskos, PhD, Department of Education and Allied Studies, John Carroll University Also from Walpole and McKenna -- 'The Literacy Coach's Handbook A Guide to Research-Based Practice'

'This handbook defines the role of a literacy coach in a schoolwide, research-based reading improvement system. It not only describes what coaches need to know and do, but also provides guidance in how to do it.'--- Marie Mancuso, MEd, Director, Arizona Reading Initiative 'Whether just beginning to initiate school reform and unsure of where to start, in the midst and trying to stay focused, or well on the way to ensuring that lasting changes are made, readers will find what they need in these pages. I will most certainly refer to this volume again and again.'--- Cece Tillman, MS, Literacy Coach, Davis Elementary School, Trenton, Georgia

1. Planning Differentiated Instruction2. Using Assessment to Differentiate Instruction3. Differentiating Phonemic Awareness Instruction4. Building Word Recognition 5. Building Fluency6. Building Vocabulary7. Building Comprehension8. A Kindergarten Differentiation Plan9. A First-Grade Differentiation Plan10. A Second-Grade Differentiation Plan11. A Third-Grade Differentiation PlanGlossary of Reading Terms

"Could be the answer to effective reading instruction in the primary grades....This work lends itself to helping design a daily literacy block that is sensible and sensitive to all students' learning styles....The authors are both professors of reading, and they have drawn from their extensive experience in reading to develop a book that takes into account both the theory and what they know to be good practice....I highly recommend this book as an additional resource of instructional ideas."
Sharon Walpole, PhD, School of Education, University of Delaware, USA, and Michael C. McKenna, PhD, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia , USA