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Teaching Our Children to Read

Teaching Our Children to Read
The Components of an Effective, Comprehensive Reading Program

Second Edition
  • Bill Honig - Consortium on Reading Excellence (CORE), California’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction, San Francisco State University, USA

February 2001 | 176 pages | Corwin
When the First Edition of this book was written, there was a great deal of controversy about the role of direct skill instruction in teaching children to read. In the past five years, scientific research and studies of effective teaching practices have quelled the controversy. Today, except of a few holdouts, there is general consensus that in addition to varied language- and literature-based activities, reading instruction should include explicit and systematic instruction in the basic skills that help students become fluent, automatic readers. Across the country, policy-makers, educators, and publishers have begun to respond. The real challenge is how to implement what we know are the best research-based practices in reading materials adopted, in training teachers, and in school leadership.

This Second Edition has grown out of the experiences of scores of dedicated teachers and their success in the classroom. It provides an updated overview of important research and instructional strategies that will bring all students to higher levels of literacy. Expanded sections on phonics instruction; connected practice with decodable text; fluency; multisyllabic word instruction; spelling; vocabulary and concept development; strategic reading; text organization; book discussions; and literacy benchmarks, assessment and intervention included. New tables are provided in Resource A. There are also revisions to the Frequently Asked Questions and the major points discussed in Resource B.

The Case for a Balanced Approach
What Skilled Readers Do
Beginning-to-Read Instruction for Preschool and Kindergarten
Beginning-to-Read Instruction for Early First Grade
Reading Instruction for Middle First Grade to Upper Elementary Grades
Spelling, Beginning Writing and Vocabulary
Comprehension and Assessment
Writing and Speaking
Frequently Asked Questions

"This is a wonderful book. It is not only scientifically responsible, but altogether readable. I hope it will find its way into the hands and minds of every parent, educator, and policymaker in America."

Marilyn Jager Adams
BBN Systems and Technologies, Cambridge, MA

"Honig’s book takes a fresh, ‘roll up your sleeves, let’s solve this problem’ approach. That’s exactly what we in urban public schools need to realize success with our biggest challenge -- teaching kids to become successful and voracious readers early in their school careers."

Carl A. Cohn
Superintendent, Long Beach Unified School District

"Teaching Our Children to Read is an outstanding contribution to the debate in California and in the nation on optimal teaching strategies for reading." 

Robert E. Slavin
Center for Research on the Education of Students at Risk, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

"This current, practical resource offers a no-nonsense approach to the whole issue of effective reading instruction." 

Staff Avon Maitland District School Board, Seafoth, Ontario Canada

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ISBN: 9780761975304