Features and Benefits

Text features and benefits include:

  • Six overriding themes that are critical in reading instruction today are interwoven throughout the book: Language and Diversity, Family Literacy, Writing and Reading Connections, the Struggling Reader, Phonics and Phonological Awareness, and New Literacies.

  • UPDATED: The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are emphasized throughout the book. In response to the CCSS, updates to this edition include:

    • Updated explanations of concepts about language to prepare teachers to teach foundational concepts for reading.

    • Expanded emphasis on teaching close reading for comprehension in the primary grades.

    • An appendix correlating chapters with CCSS pinpoints which chapters correspond to which Standards, and identifies what students should know and be able to do.

  • NEW: Separate chapters on teaching reading fluency and vocabulary have been prepared for greater coverage of both topics.

  • UPDATED: Updated content is provided throughout the book on teaching English  Learners, along with an updated chapter on teaching these students in Chapter 14. There is an opening discussion in Chapter 2 on sociocultural and legal factors in teaching reading to English Learners, background content in Chapter 3 on the English language, and then subsequent chapters address the topic as appropriate, including those on assessing and teaching reading and writing.

  • UPDATED: An expanded focus on Response to Intervention (RTI) further explores this important initiative in practical ways in Chapter 2.

  • UPDATED: Coverage of new literacies is highlighted throughout the book to provide information about the impact of technology on the teaching of reading and writing.

  • UPDATED: Key terms from the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) are fully developed in the text and also appear in the index. In addition, major concepts related to the assessment of students are also developed to support readers in other aspects of the RICA.

Throughout the book, special features focus on issues of recurring importance to reading teachers and extend understanding of key concepts in reading instruction.

  • An Anticipation Guide at the start of each chapter provides readers the opportunity to assess their level of understanding prior to reading the chapter.

  • NEW: Learning outcomes open each chapter and are linked to the sections where they are discussed.

  • A Classroom Story begins each chapter. These vignettes chronicle a reading teacher’s experience in an active classroom and demonstrate classroom challenges and considerations for addressing children’s needs.

  • UPDATED: Developmental Milestones features provide at-a-glance summaries of typical behaviors in children’s development of emergent literacy and phonological awareness.

  • World of Reading boxes investigate a wide array of subjects as they pertain to the field of reading.

  • Teach It! Instructional Activities (Appendix B) are integrated and linked throughout Revel, and contain a wide variety of ready-to-use, classroom-tested activities for teaching critical concepts in literacy education.

  • Differentiated Instruction features highlight ways to differentiate instruction so that all students are engaged positively and productively, acknowledging the increasing diversity of today’s students.

  • For Review sections conclude each chapter and offer a convenient study tool in the form of a brief recap of the most important topics covered.

  • For Your Journal sections offer ideas for using material learned in each chapter to inform development of a personal teaching journal.

  • Taking It to the World exercises challenge readers to apply chapter material to authentic classroom situations.

This title is also available with Revel access.

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Dynamic content designed for the way today's students read, think, and learn that brings concepts to life.

  • Integrated within the narrative video exploration exercises empower students to engage with concepts by taking an active role in learning. Students watch brief video clips that illustrate, exemplify, or expand on key concepts and then respond to short-answer questions to apply what they have learned.

  • Located throughout Revel, quizzing affords students opportunities to check their understanding at regular intervals before moving on.

  • An Interactive Glossary helps readers keep track of important terms that are used throughout the book, enabling students to comprehend what they are reading while they are reading, without having to skip concepts they do not understand.

  • Highlighting, note taking, and a glossary let students read and study however they like. Educators can add notes for students, too, including reminders or study tips.

  • The Revel mobile app lets students read, practice, and study–anywhere, anytime, on any device. Content is available both online and offline, and the app syncs work across all registered devices automatically, giving students great flexibility to toggle between phone, tablet, and laptop as they move through their day. The app also lets students set assignment notifications to stay on top of all due dates.

Superior assignability and tracking tools to help educators make sure students are completing their reading and understanding core concepts.

  • The assignment calendar allows educators to indicate precisely which readings must be completed on which dates. This clear, detailed schedule helps students stay on task by eliminating any ambiguity as to which material will be covered during each class. When they understand exactly what is expected of them, students are better motivated to keep up.

  • The performance dashboard empowers educators to monitor class assignment completion as well as individual student achievement. Actionable information, such as points earned on quizzes and tests and time on task, helps educators intersect with their students in meaningful ways. For example, the trending column reveals whether students' grades are improving or declining, helping educators to identify students who might need help to stay on track.

  • The Blackboard Learn™ integration provides institutions, instructors, and students easy access to their Revel courses.  With single sign-on, students can be ready to access an interactive blend of authors' narrative, media, and assessment on their first day. Flexible, on-demand grade synchronization capabilities allow educators to control exactly which Revel grades should be transferred to the Blackboard Gradebook.