Best Practices in Early Literacy Instruction


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I. Influences on Literacy Development
1. Parent Involvement Supporting Early Literacy Achievement: Best Practices for Bridging the Home and School Environments, Beth M. Phillips, Kylie S. Flynn, Galiya A. Tabulda, Smriti Jangra, and Christopher J. Lonigan
2. A Comprehensive Approach to Building Oral Language in Preschool: Prerequisites for Literacy, Allyssa McCabe
3. Working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students: Lessons Learned from Reading Recovery, Catherine Compton-Lilly
4. Supporting Language and Literacy Development in Quality Preschools, Shannon Riley-Ayers
II. Materials and Texts
5. Early Literacy Development in the Digital Age, Jackie Marsh and Dylan Yamada-Rice
6. What, When, and How Electronic Media Can Be Used in an Early Literacy Classroom, Annie M. Moses
7. New Perspectives on Literature for Young Children, Diane M. Barone and Andrea Morency
8. Read All about I.T.!: Informational Text in the Early Childhood Classroom, Lynne M. Watanabe and Nell K. Duke
III. Reconceptualizing Developmentally Appropriate Practice
9. Phonological Awareness and Alphabet Knowledge: The Foundations of Early Reading, Marcia Invernizzi and Laura S. Tortorelli
10. Reading to Learn from the Beginning: Comprehension Instruction in the Primary Grades, Katherine A. Dougherty Stahl
11. Best Practices in Oral Vocabulary Instruction, Susan B. Neuman and Tanya S. Wright
12. Real Books, Real Reading: Effective Fluency Instruction for Striving Readers, Melanie R. Kuhn, Kristina Zukauskas Phelan, and Paula J. Schwanenflugel
13. Best Practices in Early Writing Instruction, Deborah Wells Rowe and Tanya R. Flushman
14. Strengthening Play in Early Literacy Teaching Practice, Kathleen A. Roskos and James Christie
IV. Intervention and Assessment
15. "How Am I Doing?": Students' Perceptions of Literacy and Themselves, Marla H. Mallette, Peter P. Afflerbach, and Christine E. Wiggs
16. The Interactive Strategies Approach to Early Literacy Intervention, Donna M. Scanlon, Kimberly L. Anderson, and Frank R. Vellutino
17. An Evidence-Based Approach to Response to Intervention, Monica T. Billen and Richard L. Allington

About the Author

Diane M. Barone, EdD, is Foundation Professor of Literacy Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her research focuses on young children's literacy development and instruction in high-poverty schools. Dr. Barone served as the editor of Reading Research Quarterly and was a board member of the International Reading Association and the National Reading Conference. She is coeditor of The Reading Teacher with Marla H. Mallette.

Marla H. Mallette, PhD, is Associate Professor of Literacy Education at Binghamton University. Her research interests include literacy instruction and learning with students of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and early literacy. She is also interested in literacy research methodologies and has used various methodologies in her own work. Dr. Mallette is coeditor of The Reading Teacher with Diane M. Barone.


"This book presents a rich assortment of advice and practical examples from an expert team of authors, explaining how to provide young children with supportive literacy and language environments. Dive right in and pull out a gem on topics as diverse and necessary as parent involvement, digital literacy, the role of play, literary and informational texts, oral language, assessment, early intervention, response to intervention, writing, reading comprehension, and more. Definitely a keeper."--Timothy Shanahan, PhD, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois at Chicago

"A welcome addition to the bookshelves of practitioners, early childhood leaders, early literacy scholars, and university students. This is an excellent volume, coherently written and arranged. It will help broaden the reader's knowledge base about literacy development, materials, instruction, intervention, and assessment. The examples and approaches in this visionary book can be adapted readily to learners' unique needs. I recommend it strongly! As a text, I would use this book in courses such as Early Literacy and Acquisition and Development of Language and Literacy."--Patricia A. Edwards, PhD, University Distinguished Professor of Language and Literacy, Michigan State University

"Research has consistently demonstrated the impact of early literacy instruction on young children’s educational outcomes. Sadly, best practices are not always common knowledge. This book provides educators with critical information about what should be taught in the preschool classroom as well as explicit guidance for using research-based instructional strategies. The volume also acknowledges the critical roles that parents and culture play in children's early literacy, offering strategies for engaging parents and bridging the home and school settings."--Billie J. Enz, PhD, College of Education (Emerita), Arizona State University -

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