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How to Teach Reading to Elementary and Middle School Students: Practical Ideas from Highly Effective Teachers

How to Teach Reading to Elementary and Middle School Students: Practical Ideas from Highly Effective Teachers
Author: Robert B. Ruddell
ISBN 13: 9780205625420
ISBN 10: 205625428
Edition: 1
Publisher: Pearson
Publication Date: 2008-09-19
Format: Paperback
Pages: 504
List Price: $90.80

How to Teach Reading to Elementary and Middle School Students: Practical Ideas from Highly Effective Teachersis a strategy-based text that successfully combines ideas from the classrooms of highly effective teachers with the latest findings from reading research.  The integration of skilled practice with reading theory provides practical, useful techniques for teaching reading to students across a wide range of achievement levels. Instructional ideas presented in this book are designed to ensure continued growth in reading skill, including the use of phonics and structural analysis; in sight vocabulary and meaning vocabulary development; in reading fluency; and in comprehension of narrative and informational text. 

Take a Peek…

  • “How to Do” boxes list step-by-step actions for conducting a reading skill or strategy lesson, assessment procedure, and other important instructional tasks.
  • “Strategies in Use” feature provides a modeling of highly effective reading and literacy strategy instruction in real-life classroom contexts by describing actual teachers carrying out specific instructional strategies and activities with their students.
  • “The Highly Effective Teacher on Technology” boxes are designed to demonstrate ways teachers can integrate technology into reading and literacy instruction.  
Book Earns High Praise from Reviewers

“Ruddell’s text is one of the few that provides teaching strategies, assessments, and general information appropriate for intermediate grade reading instruction. Ruddell provides step-by-step instructions for important teaching strategies that every pre-serviceteacher should know.” - Pamela Dunston, Clemson University

“The technology section, the levels of thinking section, vocabulary section, professional growth section, and the section on questioning strategies are very good.” - Marie C. Roos, Jackson State University

“I like how both narrative and expository literacy (Chapter 8, Developing Reading and Writing in Content Areas) are covered in the textbook. I feel that helps set the book apart from others. The chapter on ‘Instructing Delayed Readers in a Regular Classroom Setting’ [Chapter 10] also seems unique to me. That chapter addresses a very real need for teachers.” - Ward Cockrum, Northern Arizona University

Meet the Author

Robert Ruddell has been a reading teacher for over four decades.  His research has examined the characteristics of reading teachers who are highly effective and influential in the lives of their students.  The ideas and instructional strategies for teaching reading found in this book are a distillation of these teaching experiences and research findings. He has taught a wide range of courses in reading and language development working with teaching credential students, and M.A., Ed.D., and Ph.D. students, at Berkeley.  He is Professor Emeritus of the Language, Literacy, and Culture Faculty Group at the University of California, Berkeley.