Based on four contemporary theories of literacy learning—constructivist, sociolinguistic, interactive, and reader response—this best-selling text exposes readers to sound methodology infused with authentic examples of best practice. Utilizing highly readable text and many samples of student work, the author demonstrates how to implement a balanced literacy program by engaging students with literature, critical skills, and strategies.

Features of the Multimedia Edition include:

New English Language Learners teaching notes provide meaningful adaptations for reading and writing strategies, pinpointing way. teachers can help second language learners who are learning to read or who struggle with English literacy. Newly expanded coverage of assessment includes specific examples of Assessment Tools, as well as Assessment Resources, a feature providing website and journal references. Two free CD-ROMs of real classroom footage, fully integrated into the text with margin notes and a color insert, give users an intimate look at balancing reading instruction in both primary end middle grades. The Compendium of Instructional Procedures presents step-by-step instructions for 38 popular teaching practices. How Effective Teachers . . . lists it the end of each chapter describe effective teaching practices.