The book is divided into two parts, and is accompanied by a DVD. In Part One, supported by rich examples from real children, Richard Gentry delineates a sequence of five code-breaking phases that all beginning readers and writers go through:
* Phase 0: Operations Without Letter Knowledge
* Phase 1: Operations With Letters but Without Sounds
* Phase 2: Operations With Partial Phonemic Awareness
* Phase 3: Operations With Full Phonemic Awareness
* Phase 4: Operations With Full Code and Chunking Knowledge
The DVD shows you how to apply what you've learned in Part One to meet the needs of your own readers and writers. On the DVD, Gentry shows you how to determine which phase a child is in, how to pinpoint his or her needs, and how to design custom-fit instruction that builds on the skills the student has demonstrated.
In Part Two of the book, Gentry illuminates our understanding of the reciprocal nature of reading and writing development, suggests promising new directions for Reading Recovery, and provides fresh insights into the decades-old debate between phonics-first and meaning-based approaches to beginning reading instruction.
This another book with another great idea of how to instantly become familiar with where students are in the development of their writing. Read morePublished on July 17, 2008 by Kymberley Fitzpatrick
Richard Gentry's Breakthrough in Beggining Reading and Writing chronicles the writing process and has divided this process into phases 0-4. Read morePublished on July 16, 2008 by E. wyatt
Gentry's book goes in-depth to define the Five-Phases of literacy development in children. He is detailed in his explanation of what a teacher should use as goals for each phase,... Read morePublished on July 16, 2008 by S. Rickard
In his book Breakthrough in Beginning Reading and Writing J. Richard Gentry presents his phase theory and the different phases that children progress through as they become... Read morePublished on July 15, 2008 by Nicole Addy
In the first half of his book, Richard Gentry takes his readers through his five phase theory, clearly explaining expectations and goals for students in each phase of literacy... Read morePublished on July 14, 2008 by Kristin Schneider
Gentry provides phases in which literacy development moves through. I found this part of the book very interesting and helpful in decoding where children are developmentally based... Read morePublished on July 13, 2008 by Lindsay Abrams
In the book "Breakthrough in Beginning Reading and Writing" J. Richard Gentry provides his reader with a description of student development in reading and writing. Read morePublished on July 13, 2008 by Jessica Sie
Gentry's Breakthrough in Reading and Writing is a book I may or may not use in the future. I found the information to be valuable as a resource for evaluating a student and... Read morePublished on July 13, 2008 by Jessica A. Frazier