Guiding Readers And Writers Grades 3-6: Teaching Comprehension, Genre, And Content Literacy by Fountas, Irene C.Guiding Readers And Writers Grades 3-6: Teaching Comprehension, Genre, And Content Literacy by Fountas, Irene C.

Guiding Readers And Writers Grades 3-6: Teaching Comprehension, Genre, And Content Literacy

byFountas, Irene C., Gay Su Pinnell

Paperback | November 13, 2000

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Grades 3-6


Authors Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell have already helped hundreds of thousands of K-3 teachers engage, inform, and inspire early readers and writers. Now, with Guiding Readers and Writers (Grades 3-6), Fountas and Pinnell support teachers on the next leg of the literacy journey, addressing the unique challenges of teaching upper elementary students.

The product of many years of work with classroom teachers, Guiding Readers and Writers (Grades 3-6) is one of the most comprehensive, authoritative guides available today. It explores all the essential components of a quality literacy program in six separate sections:

  • Breakthrough to Literacy: Fountas and Pinnell present the basic structure of the language/literacy program within a breakthrough framework that encompasses the building of community through language, word study, reading, writing, and the visual arts. The framework plays out as three "blocks," which can be interpreted as conceptual units as well as segments of time within the school day. Specific information on how to structure a reading and writing workshop is provided. A practical chapter on organizing and managing the classroom will help you implement the principles in your own classroom.
  • Independent Reading: It is essential for students to develop interests and tastes as readers, selecting books for themselves every day. Fountas and Pinnell devote four chapters to independent reading, exploring how to structure teaching, minilessons, conferences, groupshare, and ways to use response journals as part of a reading workshop.
  • Guided Reading: The chapters in this section provide detailed information on planning for guided reading, dynamic grouping for effective teaching, and selecting, introducing, and using leveled texts. Fountas and Pinnell describe characteristics of texts related to difficulty and ways to organize texts in your classroom and school.
  • Literature Study: This section of the book discusses how to make students’ experiences with literature as rich as possible. The authors offer specific suggestions for forming groups, guiding student choices, and establishing and teaching routines for literature discussion. A full chapter explores reader response and ways to help readers dig deep to uncover the meaning of texts.
  • Teaching for Comprehension and Word Analysis: This detailed look at the reading process explores both oral and silent reading, processes and behaviors related to comprehension, and ways to help students construct meaning. Included are twelve systems for sustaining the reading process and expanding meaning, plus discussions of the important areas of phonics, spelling, and vocabulary.
  • The Reading and Writing Connection: These chapters showcase the instructional contexts—poetry, writer’s notebooks, writer’s talks, genre, content literacy, and student research—that support students in connected reading and writing. An informative overview of the characteristics of fiction and nonfiction will help you teach students to read and write a variety of genre. What’s more, the authors suggest ways to help students learn the "genre" of testing and perform the kinds of reading and writing tasks that tests require. They also detail the continuous thoughtful assessment that guides all aspects of effective teaching.
  • A special feature appears at the end of each section, in which Fountas and Pinnell provide indispensable suggestions for working with struggling readers and writers.
Title:Guiding Readers And Writers Grades 3-6: Teaching Comprehension, Genre, And Content LiteracyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:672 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 1.35 inPublished:November 13, 2000Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0325003106

ISBN - 13:9780325003108

Appropriate for ages: 8 - 11

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Have! Excellent resource to help you set up your classroom for literacy learning. Great ideas for literature circles, shared reading and more.
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from guiding readers and writers An absolute must have for every junior classroom teacher. Gives you a step-by-step, lesson-by-lesson plan for setting up a literacy rich classroom environment. Covers all areas of the curriculum in a meaningful way for students that allows them to grow as readers and writers. I've been using it to frame my language arts programming and it has revolutionized what I do and why I do it. My students have shown improvements that I can measure and they are really interested in good literature now. If you teach grades 3 - 8, you must get this book!
Date published: 2005-12-13

Table of Contents

    I. Breakthrough to Literacy:
    Three Blocks of Powerful Teaching for All Students
    Becoming Lifelong Readers and Writers 2. Achieving Literacy with a Three-Block Framework: Language and Word Study, Reading, and Writing 3. Investigating Words: Language and Word Study 4. Becoming Joyful Readers: The Reading Workshop 5. Developing Accomplished Writers: The Writing Workshop 6. Making It Work: Organizing and Managing Time and Resources

    II. Independent Reading
    Encouraging Independent Reading 8. Planning Effective Minilessons and Conferences 9. Getting Started: The First Twenty Days 10. Writing to Expand Meaning: Response Journals

    III. Guided Reading
    Understanding Guided Reading 12. Planning for Guided Reading 13. Dynamic Grouping for Effective Teaching 14. Selecting, Introducing, and Using Leveled Texts

    IV. Literature Study
    Discovering Literature Study: The Essential Elements 16. Putting Literature Study in Action 17. Responding to Literature: Multiple Paths to Deeper Meaning

    V. Comprehension and Word Analysis
    Understanding the Reading Process 19. Comprehending Written Text 20. Teaching for Sustaining Strategies in Reading 21. Teaching for Expanding Strategies in Reading 22. Solving Words: Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary

    VI. The Reading and Writing Connection
    Teaching Genre and Content Literacy: Explore Fiction and Nonfiction Texts 24. Creating the Poetry Workshop: Reading, Writing, and the Arts 25. Exploring the Writing Terrain: Writer's Talks, Writer's Notebooks, and Investigations 26. Supporting Readers and Writers: Tools That Make a Difference 27. Understanding the "Testing Genre": Preparing Students for High Quality Performance 28. Making Teaching Decisions Using Continuous Assessment

    Appendixes: featuring forms you can use in your reading and writing workshop; numerous graphic organizers; a list of the 500 most frequently used words and spelling demons, writer websites, and magazines for kids; bibliographies of picture books for use with intermediate students; a bibliography of poetry anthologies; and other practical tools.