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Guiding Readers and Writers: Teaching Comprehension, Genre, and Content Literacy

Irene C. Fountas
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Guiding Readers and Writers: Teaching Comprehension, Genre, and Content Literacy

By Irene C. Fountas, Gay Su Pinnell
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Author
Irene C. Fountas
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ISBN
9780325003108
Published Date
01/11/2000
Pages
672
The product of many years of work with classroom teachers, Guiding Readers and Writers is one of the most comprehensive, authoritative guides available. 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 organising 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, mini-lessons, 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 organise 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.
Biography

Irene C. Fountas, a professor in the School of Education at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been a classroom teacher, language arts specialist and consultant in school districts in the USA and overseas. She works extensively in the literacy education field and directs the Literacy Collaborative in the School of Education at Lesley University.

Gay Su Pinnell is a professor in the School of Teaching and Learning at the Ohio State University. She has extensive experience in classroom teaching and field-based research, and in developing comprehensive approaches to literacy education. She has received the International Reading Association’s Albert J. Harris Award for research and the Charles A. Dana Foundation Award for her contributions to the field of education. She is also a member of the Reading Hall of Fame.

Table of contents
  • I. Breakthrough to Literacy: Three Blocks of Powerful Teaching for All Students
  • II. Independent Reading
  • III. Guided Reading
  • IV. Literature Study
  • V. Comprehension and Word Analysis
  • VI. The Reading and Writing Connection
  • Appendixes: featuring forms you can use in your reading and writing workshop; numerous graphic organisers; 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.