Describing effective, creative strategies for talking with students in ways that enhance literacy learning, this book offers a window into the classrooms of four exemplary teachers. Principles of productive classroom discussions are illustrated with detailed case examples. The book shows how - and explains why - real talk can enhance student engagement, foster critical thinking, promote mastery of literacy concepts, and instill a lasting love of reading. It offers ideas for selecting children's literature and fitting a range of interactive literacy activities into the school day. The authors draw on current kwledge about the connections between oral language and literacy development across the elementary grades. This book will be invaluable to classroom teachers in grades 1-5; researchers and instructors in elementary literacy. It may also serve as a text in Elementary Reading Methods courses.
Maureen P. Boyd, PhD, Department of Learning and Instruction, Graduate School of Education, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, USA and Lee Galda, PhD, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education and Human Development University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA