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Reading First and Beyond

The Complete Guide for Teachers and Literacy Coaches
Enhance your repertoire of literacy instructional strategies!

This indispensable guide helps educators understand and implement the components of the Reading First program. With enriching ideas for these and additional key components of reading instruction, all educators will enhance their repertoire of strategies and achieve high levels of reading proficiency from their students. Each chapter includes:

  • Short, teacher-relevant research summaries
  • Explanations of key concepts
  • Lesson plans addressing each reading domain
  • Components to assess learning
  • Strategies to differentiate for ELL and special learners

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781412914970
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2005
  • Page Count: 224
  • Publication date: April 07, 2005

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"The wealth of this information is like finding a chest of jewels you always knew was under the ocean but now here it is-a wonderful discovery that validates everything I knew was right about teaching to the needs of the individual learner."
-Leslie Morris, Reading First Coach

Enhance your repertoire of literacy instructional strategies!

Reading proficiency is the most fundamental learning skill, critical to students' success. Renowned educators and authors Cathy Collins Block and Susan Israel present an indispensable guide that will give teachers and literacy coaches crystal clear understanding of the evidenced-based instructional practices required by Reading First Legislation, along with the tools to incorporate them. The authors further expand the support for enriched classroom practice through evidence and practical how-to advice for additional domains that show proven benefits for students, including writing, metacognition and oral language.

Through their explanations, teaching directions, and sample lessons, this resource bridges the gap between key research and daily reading classroom teaching. It also summarizes the educator-relevant provisions and requirements of Reading First and the No Child Left Behind federal programs.

Each chapter includes:

  • Short classroom-relevant research summaries for teachers
  • What teachers need to know about phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency
  • Lesson plans addressing each literacy domain
  • Components to assess learning
  • Strategies to differentiate for special learners, ELL, and advanced readers
Reading First and Beyond is packed with enriching ideas for all educators that will enhance their list of literacy instructional strategies, helping them achieve high levels of reading proficiency from all students.

Key features

  • The definitive guide for teachers, leaders and literacy coaches for implementation of Reading First
  • Anticipates the proposed additions to core elements of reading instruction from the National Reading Panel
  • Author is leading reading authority
  • Combines clear explanation, teaching directions
  • Take-to-the-classroomand differentiated lesson examples for mandated and other core elements for reading success
  • Explicit, step-by-step guidelines
  • Adaptations for special learners


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Cathy Collins Block

Cathy Collins Block is a Professor of Education at Texas Christian University. She has taught every grade level from preschool to graduate school, and was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association from 2002-2005. She has served or is presently serving on the Board of Directors of the National Reading Conference. Nobel Learning Communities, IBM Educational Board of Directors, and the National Center for Learning Disabilities. She presently serves on the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Educational Psychology, Reading Research Quarterly, The Reading Teacher, National Reading Conference Yearbook, and America Tomorrow. She has written more than 30 books and 80 research-based articles relative to literacy instruction and teacher education. She has also served or is serving on several elementary/middle school authorial writing teams for public/private school textbooks and literacy curriculum materials. She has written for Walt Disney Corporation, PBS Television Stations and other national media companies. She has received numerous honors as a teacher, including Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and Who’s Who in the World.

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Susan E. Israel

Susan E. Israel is an independent researcher, writer, and literacy consultant and currently serves as President and Director of Reading Alliance for Catholic Education in Indiana, where she works with small and large corporations to enhance literacy products. Her special research interests are in the areas of reading comprehension, writing, and child-mind development as it relates to literacy processes. Israel served as assistant professor at the University of Dayton, and in 2005 she was awarded the University’s Panhellenic Council Outstanding Professor Award. She has also served on the national faculty at the University of Notre Dame Summer Program, where she taught reading and language arts methods. A former elementary teacher, she was awarded the 1998 teacher-researcher grant from the International Reading Association (IRA). Having been an active member of the IRA for over a decade, she has served on a number of IRA committees and interest groups and recently was president of the History of Literacy Special Interest Group. In addition, she has been active with the National Reading Conference. Israel has authored, coauthored, or edited over 15 books and volumes and is the senior editor of the recently published comprehensive volume, Handbook of Research on Reading Comprehension (Israel & Duffy, 2008). Other recent publications include Teachers Taking Action: A Comprehensive Guide to Teacher Research (with Cynthia Lassonde, 2008), Reading First and Beyond (with Cathy Collins Block, 2005), Collaborative Literacy (2006), Shaping the Reading Field (2007), Poetic Possibilities (2006), and Quotes to Inspire Great Reading Teachers (2006).
Table of Contents

Table of Contents



About the Authors

1. Introduction to No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and Reading First (RF)

2. Research-Based Practices for Oral Language Development

3. Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Literacy: Phonemes and Phonemic Awareness

4. Phonics: The Building Blocks of Literacy

5. Vocabulary Development: Powerful Instruction for Reading Success

6. Achieve and Measure Reading Fluency: Expanding the Opportunity

7. Comprehension Instruction: Scientifically Validated Effective Methods

8. Independent Reading and Shared Reading of Trade Books

9. Making Students' Writing Come Alive: Strategies for Teaching Writing

10. Metacognition: Monitoring Strategies to Enhance Reading Comprehension

11. Including Parents as True Partners

References and Suggested Readings




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