Every Young Child a Reader

Using Marie Clay's Key Concepts for Classroom Instruction
by Sharan A. Gibson & Barbara Moss
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Publisher: Teachers College Press

Series: Language and Literacy Series

Publication Date: September 18, 2016

ISBN: 9780807775172

Binding: Kobo eBook

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This resource will help K–2 teachers revitalize and restructure their classroom literacy instruction based on Marie Clay’s groundbreaking and transformative literacy processing theory. Clay’s theories have created literacy success for more than 2 million struggling first-grade readers in the United States and internationally through the Reading Recovery program. This practical volume gives primary grade teachers specific suggestions for using these principles and includes rich, robust instructional examples to ensure that all children meet new and rigorous standards in all facets of literacy learning. Replete with explicit depictions of classroom practice, the book addresses the following critical aspects of K2 literacy instruction:

  • Teaching foundational skills in brief skills lessons and as children learn strategic activity to read and write text.
  • Teaching for children’s fast progress in increasingly complex literacy tasks.
  • Understanding the role of complex, frustration, instructional, familiar, and easy texts in reading instruction.
  • Teaching for knowledge building, comprehension, and writing for narrative and informational text.

Reader friendly chapters include:

  • Focus questions to target readers’ anticipation of topics discussed.
  • Illustrative examples of powerful teacher-student interaction.
  • Connections between Clay’s comprehensive theory of children’s literacy development, literacy standards, and children’s fast progress to literacy proficiency.

“The combination of Marie Clay’s research and theory with the authors' understanding of these principles in today’s classroom is what sets this book apart.”
Lisa Lenhart, director, Center for Literacy Curricular & Instructional Studies, The University of Akron

“Gibson and Moss provide a resource for classroom teachers to support the ...