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Empowering Struggling Readers: Practices for the Middle Grades (Solving Problems in the Teaching of Literacy)by Leigh A. Hall
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Book News Annotation:
Hall (literacy studies, U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) et al. offer methods for engaging struggling students in the middle grades with reading. They consider that the problem may be with the structure of reading in schools and how texts and reading instruction supports or marginalizes struggling readers, and how to use texts and instruction to help them. They explore the label of struggling reader, how concepts in English may reinforce disadvantage, and how to use students' knowledge and the concept of "third space" to help them develop reading skills. They describe how to redesign classrooms and instruction give support and increase engagement and motivation; the role of assessment, especially traditional assessment and using students' funds of knowledge; specific instructional practices for comprehension strategy, young adult literature, vocabulary, nonprint media, and challenging and online texts; and how to affect policy. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This book provides classroom-tested methods for engaging struggling middle grade readers--even those who appear to have given up--and fostering their success. The emphasis is on constructing respectful, encouraging learning environments that incorporate students' diverse literacies, cultural interests, and prior knowledge and skills into instruction. Chapters outline effective, innovative strategies for instruction and assessment in comprehension, vocabulary, text-based discussion, critical reading, and other core areas. Realistic classroom examples are included throughout, including applications of nontraditional texts. Other useful features include reflection questions at the end of each chapter.
Winner--Literacy Research Association's Edward B. Fry Book Award
About the Author
Leigh A. Hall, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Literacy Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a former middle school English and social studies teacher who worked in Houston, Texas. Dr. Hall is the recipient of the Early Career Achievement Award from the National Reading Conference/Literacy Research Association. Her research addresses issues relevant to adolescent literacy, struggling readers, middle school education, and teacher education.
Leslie D. Burns, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Literacy at the University of Kentucky and a former English language arts teacher who worked in rural Kansas schools. Dr. Burns focuses his studies on research-based standards for literacy and teacher education. He chaired the Conference on English Educations (CEE) Task Force for Political Action in Education Reform, serves on the CEEs Standards Task Force, and chairs the English Education Program at the University of Kentucky.
Elizabeth Carr Edwards, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Literacy in the Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading at Georgia Southern University, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. Previously, she taught elementary school for 7 years. Dr. Edwards's research and publications focus on elementary and middle grades vocabulary development and sociocultural pedagogical theory.
Table of Contents
1. Who Are Struggling Readers?
2. Promoting Disciplinary Reading Practices in English Language Arts
3. Designing Classroom Environments That Support Literacy Development
4. Engaging and Motivating Marginalized Readers
5. Assessing Reading Performance and Students Funds of Knowledge
6. Implementing Reading Comprehension Strategies
7. Using Young Adult Literature to Promote Comprehension with Struggling Readers, Lisa Scherff
8. Culturally Grounded Vocabulary Instruction
9. Fostering Discussions about Texts
10. Reading Texts on the Internet
11. Using Nonprint Media and Texts to Support Marginalized Readers, Stergios G. Botzakis
12. Relevant Curriculum and Policy for Middle School Struggling Readers
13. Conclusion: Promising Readers, David W. Moore
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