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50 Literacy Strategies: Step-by-Step (3rd Edition) Paperback – March 27, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0135158166 ISBN-10: 0135158168 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 3 edition (March 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0135158168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0135158166
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The new edition of 50 Literacy Strategies: Step by Step by Gail E. Tompkins is a conveniently organized resource for all elementary and middle school teachers, providing research-based and classroom-tested instructional strategies to develop literacy abilities.  Everything you need to know to implement each activity effectively and quickly is included in a consistent, easy-to-understand format. 

 

Each of the instructional strategies outlines:

·      Instructional Focus: Whether the strategy develops oral language, phonics/phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, spelling, and/or content areas

·      Grade Level: Whether the strategy is appropriate for k-2, 3-5 or 6-8

·      Scaffolding English Learners: How the strategy is particularly appropriate, or how it can be adapted to better meet the needs of, English Learners

·      Step by Step: As always, clearly outlined steps to implement the strategy

·      Why and When to Use the Strategy: Sections to help you determine when each activity is most appropriate

·      Authentic Student Samples: Artifacts from the classroom that model the responses you will receive from students

 

The instructional strategies are organized alphabetically and numbered for easy reference.  Inside the cover is an index grouping strategies by instructional focus, providing another helpful guide to finding the strategy needed.

About the Author

Gail Tompkins   I’m a teacher, first and foremost.  I began my career as a first-grade teacher in Virginia in the 1970s.  I remember one first grader who cried as the first day of school was ending.  When I tried to comfort him, he sobbed accusingly, “I came to first grade to learn to read and write and you forgot to teach me.”  The next day, I taught that child and his classmates to read and write! We made a small patterned book about one of the stuffed animals in the classroom.  I wrote some of the words and the students supplied the others, and I duplicated copies of the book for each child.  We practiced reading it until everyone memorized our little book.  The children proudly took their books home to read to their parents. I’ve never forgotten that child’s comment and what it taught me:  Teachers must understand their students and meet their expectations.

            My first few years of teaching left me with more questions than answers, and I wanted to become a more effective teacher so I started taking graduate courses.  In time I earned a master’s degree and then a doctorate in Reading/Language Arts, both from Virginia Tech.  Through my graduate studies, I learned a lot of answers, but more importantly, I learned to keep on asking questions.

            Then I began teaching at the university level.  First I taught at Miami University in Ohio, then at the University of Oklahoma, and finally at California State University, Fresno. I’ve taught preservice teachers and practicing teachers working on master’s degrees, and I’ve directed doctoral dissertations. I’ve received awards for my teaching, including the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at California State University, Fresno, and I was inducted into the California Reading Association’s Reading Hall of Fame. Throughout the years, my students have taught me as much as I taught them.  I’m grateful to all of them for what I’ve learned.

            I’ve been writing college textbooks for more than 20 years, and I think of the books I write as teaching, too.  I’ll be teaching you as you read this text.  As I write a book, I try to anticipate the questions you might ask and provide that information.  I also include students’ samples so you can see concepts that I’m explaining.

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One of the top books I use regularly in my classroom!
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This book has great literacy ideas to use in the classroom.
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This book is a great resource for learning strategies.
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58 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 2000
Format: Spiral-bound
This practical resource by Gail E. Tompkins presents fifty research-based and classroom-tested strategies for use in a balanced literacy program. The alphabetical format of the book enables the user to locate strategies quickly and then make quick instructional decisions based upon an easy-to-read grid. For each strategy, there is a brief description, followed by an explanation of the benefits. Everything necessary for implementing the strategies is explained in step-by-step instructions, with applications and illustrations to guide the user. Black-line masters are provided for some of the strategies, with permission to reproduce for classroom use. Finally, there are references provided which allow the user to explore the strategy further.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Pfeiffer on October 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is filled with 50 great ideas on how to motivate your students to read. For each activity it tells what literacy objective is covered (fluency, etc.), what grade levels are appropriate, steps to implement, extension activities, and more.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tia Victoria on May 25, 2008
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This Book should be on-hand for every literacy teacher. It provides scaffolded instruction for the teacher, who would like to be proficient in his and/or her classroom with their students.

A must have!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Arey on November 19, 2007
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This is an excellent go-to book for literacy strategies. I love how you can flip the page to the strategy you need, and it outlines, step-by-step exactly how to teach it. One of the top books I use regularly in my classroom!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda McKown on December 13, 2012
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This book is well written for the busy teacher that needs to find strategies that are effective without wasting time. Comprehensive and well designed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. Dodson on September 23, 2007
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This book has great literacy ideas to use in the classroom. The ideas are clearly explained and some examples are even shown. Great for ideas for strategies.
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By Erika Avalos on March 11, 2014
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Excellent title recommended by my Teacher! It's giving e the tools to learn how to help children to write and read effectively.
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By Pen Name on January 30, 2014
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This is a great tool for beginning teachers! I needed it for a class and i really loved that I could get it on my kindle
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