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This indispensable classroom resource and course text has inspired thousands of teachers to help their students become better readers and writers.

The new edition addresses evidence-based best practices in the light of emerging research and national policy, actively tying classroom-based research, innovation, and instruction to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Practical suggestions and case studies empower PreK–8 teachers to support the needs of all their students while meeting Common Core goals. Each chapter includes concrete examples, Engagement Activities, and resources for further learning.

New to This Edition: 
*Connects best practices with the requirements of the CCSS. 
*Incorporates the latest research findings and instructional practices. 
*Chapters on comprehending informational text, dual language learners, and new literacies. 
*Expanded topics include motivation, close reading, and text complexity.


I. Perspectives on Best Practices 

  • 1. Evidence-Based Best Practices for Comprehensive Literacy Instruction in the Age of Common Core Standards, Linda B. Gambrell, Jacquelynn A. Malloy, Barbara A. Marinak, & Susan Anders Mazzoni
  • 2. Current Issues and Best Practices in Literacy Instruction, Vicki B. Griffo, Christina L. Madda, P. David Pearson, & Taffy E. Raphael
  • 3. Best Practices for Motivating Students to Read, John T. Guthrie

II. Best Practices for All Students

  • 4. Best Practices in Early Literacy: Preschool, Kindergarten, and First Grade, Diane H. Tracey & Lesley Mandel Morrow
  • 5. Best Practices to Change the Trajectory of Struggling Readers, Victoria J. Risko & Doris Walker-Dalhouse
  • 6. Best Practices for Teaching Dual Language Learners: Leveraging Everyday Literacies, Michael Domínguez & Kris D. Gutiérrez
  • 7. Best Practices in Adolescent Literacy Instruction, Douglas Fisher & Nancy Frey

III. Evidence-Based Strategies for Literacy Learning and Teaching 

  • 8. Best Practices in Teaching Phonological Awareness and Phonics, Patricia M. Cunningham
  • 9. Best Practices in Vocabulary Instruction, Camille L. Z. Blachowicz & Peter J. Fisher
  • 10. Best Practices in Narrative Text Comprehension Instruction, Janice F. Almasi & Susan J. Hart
  • 11. Best Practices in Informational Text Comprehension Instruction, Nell K. Duke & Nicole M. Martin
  • 12. Best Practices in Fluency Instruction, Melanie R. Kuhn & Timothy Rasinski
  • 13. Best Practices in Teaching Writing, Karen Bromley
  • 14. Best Practices in Reading Assessment: Working toward a Balanced Approach, Peter Afflerbach, Byeong-Young Cho, Maria Elliker Crassas, & Jong-Yun Kim

IV. Perspectives on Special Issues

  • 15. Best Practices in Teaching the New Literacies of Online Research and Comprehension, Donald J. Leu, Lisa Zawilinski, Elena Forzani, & Nicole Timbrell
  • 16. Organizing Effective Literacy Instruction: Differentiating Instruction to Meet Student Needs, D. Ray Reutzel, Sarah K. Clark, & Michelle Flory
  • 17. Helping Parents Help Children Achieve the Common Core State Standards: Reaching Out in Different Ways, Jeanne R. Paratore, Patricia A. Edwards, & Lisa M. O’Brien
  • 18. Best Practices in Professional Development for Improving Literacy Instruction in Schools, Sharon Walpole & Michael C. McKenna


‘‘If you are a literacy educator looking for solutions, this book is just what you need! Whether it’s the CCSS, new literacies, struggling readers, or other key literacy topics, this book provides up-to-date, evidence-based information. With end-of-chapter activities to draw readers in, this book is a powerful tool for school-based professional development efforts and graduate courses in literacy programs.’‘—Mariam Jean Dreher, PhD, Department of Teaching, Learning, Policy, and Leadership, University of Maryland, College Park

‘‘This remarkable work shares critical knowledge about important aspects of literacy instruction and learning. Each chapter of the fifth edition intertwines connections to the CCSS to help readers understand how the practices resonate with the standards. Throughout, the contributors suggest ways to accommodate and differentiate instruction so that all students are successful. I love the way every chapter showcases ways to promote active, engaged learning for all aspects of literacy instruction and learning.’‘—Diane M. Barone, EdD, Foundation Professor of Literacy Studies, University of Nevada, Reno

About the Authors

Linda B. Gambrell, PhD, is Distinguished Professor in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education at Clemson University. Her major research interests are in the areas of reading comprehension, literacy motivation, and the role of discussion in teaching and learning.

She has published numerous books and articles on reading instruction, comprehension strategy instruction, and literacy motivation. She is a recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award from the International Literacy Association (ILA), the Albert J. Kingston Award from the Literacy Research Association (LRA), the Laureate Award from the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER), and most recently, the Oscar S. Causey Award from LRA. She is past president of the IRA, LRA, and ALER and a member of the Reading Hall of Fame.

Lesley Mandel Morrow, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Literacy and Director of the Center for Literacy Development at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Her research, which she conducts with children and families from diverse backgrounds, deals with early literacy development and the organization and management of language arts programs and literacy rich environments. Dr. Morrow has published more than 300 journal articles, chapters, and books. Her work has been recognized with awards including the Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award and the William S. Gray Citation of Merit, both from the IRA, and the Oscar S. Causey Award from the LRA for outstanding contributions to reading research. Dr. Morrow is past president of the IRA and is a member and past president of the Reading Hall of Fame.


Authors: Gambrell and Morrow  Pub 2014  USA  Pb  447 pages


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