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How to Teach Balanced Reading and Writing


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‘Any teacher can use this book regardless of the reading program a district may be using. It brings the various practices of reading and writing and pulls them together in a practical and useful way’ – Betty Ann Collinge, Kindergarten/First Grade Teacher, Green Acres Elementary School, North Haven, CT



‘This book’s major strengths include straightforward writing, clear discussion of topics, excellent graphic samples, strong attention to a balanced perspective and practical ideas’ – Jennifer Trujillo, Assistant Professor, Teacher Education, Fort Lewis College


‘The book is easy to follow and very accessible. It is not too esoteric or philosophical, yet includes important theory and knowledge about learning. The suggestions are excellent, relevant, and inclusive’ –Karen Heath, Literacy Coordinator, Barre Schools, VT


Reading is a complex process, and in today’s increasingly diverse classrooms, each student has unique learning needs. In the face of these challenges, how can teachers ensure that all students develop essential literacy skills?


How to Teach Balanced Reading and Writing provides practical, research-based strategies for all aspects of literacy education. Presenting best practices in an easy-to-use format, literacy expert Bonnie Burns supplies guidance for providing direct instruction in phonics, using authentic texts, building word recognition, strengthening comprehension, and implementing writing across the curriculum. Aligned with the National Reading Panel Report (2000) and Reading First legislation, this book offers strategies to use with students at all developmental levels.


This second edition has been extensively revised to include ·

o A discussion of language acquisition

o Strategies for assessing phonemic awareness

o Techniques for developing fluency

o Increased attention to the needs of diverse learners

o Additional instructional activities in every chapter


Because of its flexibility, this book is suitable for both novice and experienced teachers. Its friendly, accessible format also makes it an ideal text for new teachers and students in education courses.


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