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Part I Learners, Literacies, and Texts Chapter 1 Literacy Matters 1 Chapter 2 Learning with New Literacies 25 Chapter 3 Culturally Responsive Teaching in Diverse Classrooms 51 Chapter 4 Assessing Students and Texts 82 Chapter 5 Planning Instruction for Content Literacy 111Part II Instructional Practices and Strategies Chapter 6 Activating Prior Knowledge and Interest 145 Chapter 7 Guiding Reading Comprehension 170 Chapter 8 Developing Vocabulary and Concepts 201 Chapter 9 Writing Across the Curriculum 239 Chapter 10 Studying Text 271 Chapter 11 Learning with Multiple Texts 301 Chapter 12 Supporting Effective Teaching with Professional Development 334

Appendix A: Affixes with Invariant Meanings 356 Appendix B: Commonly Used Prefixes with Varying Meanings 359 Appendix C: Graphic Organizers with Text Frames 361

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Rich and Jo Anne Vacca are professors emeriti in the College of Education at Kent State University. Jo Anne taught language arts in middle schools in New York and Illinois and received her doctorate from Boston University. Rich taught high school English in New York and earned his doctorate at Syracuse University. He is a past president of the International Reading Association. The Vaccas have written numerous books and scholarly articles including Reading and Learning to Read, 8th Edition; Whole Language in Middle and Secondary Classrooms; and Case Studies in Whole Language. Rich also has served as a co-author of Elements of Literature and Elements of Language, both widely used in middle and secondary school English/language arts classrooms. Maryann Mraz, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Reading and Elementary Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She earned her Ph.D. from Kent State University under the guidance of Jo Anne and Rich Vacca. Maryann is a former board member of the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER) and the author of over 60 books, chapters, articles, and instructional materials on literacy education including co-authored books The Literacy Coach's Companion and Independent Reading. She teaches literacy courses across masters and doctoral programs in the College of Education at UNC Charlotte.

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