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Classrooms that Work: They Can All Read and Write (5th Edition) [Paperback]

Patricia M. Cunningham , Richard L. Allington
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Jan. 6 2010 0137048378 978-0137048373 5

The Fifth Edition of Classrooms That Work emphasizes a core set of ideas across a variety of timely topics, providing a comprehensive, balanced treatment of instructional reading methods for struggling and culturally diverse students.

 

Best-selling authors Pat Cunningham’s and Dick Allington’s clear and friendly writing style emphasizes the importance of promoting the integration of phonics and literature-based process writing and reading instruction to enhance ALL students’ learning and reading skills. The book clarifies concepts, defines key terms, and offers just the right balance of research and practical coverage to make the content complete without being overwhelming. Chapter 4 addresses the topic of fostering fluency, providing teachers with a variety of ways to increase the amount of reading their students are doing and make sure that ALL students are learning to quickly and accurately read and spell the most common words. The authors also address how teachers can dramatically increase the amount of reading and writing their students do each day by incorporating literacy activities as teachers cover the content areas of math, science and social studies. Chapter 11 reflects the reality of the current student population in classrooms across America and suggests a variety of ways successful teachers differentiate their instruction to meet the needs of increasingly diverse classrooms.

 

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  • Addresses the importance of fostering fluency by providing teachers with a variety of methods to increase the amount of reading their students are doing throughout the day and teaching students to quickly and accurately read and spell common words. (Chapter 4)
  • Takes a comprehensive, balanced approach to teaching literacy to all students.
  • Suggests a variety of ways successful teachers differentiate their instruction to meet the needs of increasingly diverse classrooms. (Chapter 11)
  • Differentiates instruction by providing “Tech Savvy Teacher” and “English Language Learners” boxes throughout all chapters. These boxes contain practical suggestions for using technology and other resources to make instruction as effective as possible for ALL students.
  • Outlines the research-base that supports the book's approach to instruction. (Chapter 11)

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    "The text is written like a road map for specific instructional practices... teachers would value it as a long-term resources, using it as part of their daily practice." April Key, Principal, Global Science Middle School, Las Vegas, Nevada

     

    "This is a very balanced and thoughtfully organized book for promoting excellent teaching and learning in our classrooms.  I heartily recommend this book for teachers needing both a foundation to literacy guide and a book chock full of great ideas founded in research." Barry Hoonan, Odyssey Program, Bainbridge School District  

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    "The text is written like a road map for specific instructional practices... teachers would value it as a long-term resources, using it as part of their daily practice." April Key, Principal, Global Science Middle School, Las Vegas, Nevada

     

    "This is a very balanced and thoughtfully organized book for promoting excellent teaching and learning in our classrooms.  I heartily recommend this book for teachers needing both a foundation to literacy guide and a book chock full of great ideas founded in research." Barry Hoonan, Odyssey Program, Bainbridge School District  


    The Fifth Edition of Classrooms That Work emphasizes a core set of ideas across a variety of timely topics, providing a comprehensive, balanced treatment of instructional reading methods for struggling and culturally diverse students.

    Schools today have more children from racial and ethnic minority groups, more children who are learning English, more children from single-parent homes and more children living in poverty.  The need for balanced, comprehensive literacy instruction that pervades the school day and curriculum is greater now than ever. Pat Cunningham’s and Dick Allington’s clear and friendly writing style emphasizes the importance of promoting the integration of phonics and literature-based process writing and reading instruction to enhance ALL students’ learning and reading skills.

     

    New to the Fifth Edition:

  • Addresses the importance of fostering fluency by providing teachers with a variety of methods to increase the amount of reading their students are doing throughout the day and teaching students to quickly and accurately read and spell common words. (Chapter 4)
  • Suggests a variety of ways successful teachers differentiate their instruction to meet the needs of increasingly diverse classrooms. (Chapter 11)
  • Differentiates instruction by providing “Tech Savvy Teacher” and “English Language Learners” boxes throughout all chapters. These boxes contain practical suggestions for using technology and other resources to make instruction as effective as possible for ALL students.


    Meet the Authors

    Patricia M. Cunningham is a professor of education at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, North Carolina. She has taught in various elementary grades and been a curriculum coordinator and director of reading. Her major professional goal is promoting literacy for all children.

    Richard L. Allington is a professor of education at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He is a past president of the National Reading Conference and a member of the Reading Hall of Fame. Dick has extensively researched effective teaching and how schools can develop effective, expert teachers.


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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Classrooms That Work Sept. 20 2002
    By K.Burns
    Format:Paperback
    For any experienced teacher, Cunningham's condescending, dogmatic style borders upon the insulting. Carefully read, her "best methods" approach, "research-based" book is neither supported, cited nor properly footnoted within the confines of her book. In spite of that fact, her books are being implented as if they were "Bibles" in numerous districts throughout the USA. In fact, the bureaucrats of the state of Illinois are requiring that we teach her methods!
    Most of the material covered in her books is so very basic that most any teacher does a great deal of it already while this author gets rich.
    Teaching is an art not a Patricia Cunningham book.
    I recommend that you save your money and buy something creative and thought-provoking to make teaching exciting and not (any more) exhausting.
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    Now in a revised and updated third edition, Classrooms That Work by Patricia M. Cunningham (Professor of Education, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina) and Richard L. Allington (Irvin and Rose Fien Professor of Education, University of Florida) is a solid, practical no-nonsense guide to creating a positive educational environment in both public and private schools, with emphasis on teaching literacy in first through sixth grades. The authors offer useful strategies and techniques for helping children learn including cross-checking, means of accurately assessing reading skill, multilevel guided reading, and much more. Classrooms That Work is a superb resource for teachers and concerned parents seeking to improve the quality and learning atmosphere of the formal and informal classroom setting.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading strategies for your classroom Aug. 8 2000
    Format:Paperback
    Classrooms That Work is a great reading and writing resource. It tells what strategies have been tried in the reading field. It tells what has worked and what hasn't worked. After you get through that, it gives you tons of strategies to use in your classroom when teaching reading and writing. The best things about these stratgies are that they are easy to implement and they work. You can also modify them to make them more suitable for you. These strategies allow all students to be successful in your classroom. This book is a great one to keep on hand. Although it is aimed for grades K-5, you could easily adapt or modify the strategies to work in your middle school classroom. I have many new strategies to try with my students this September!
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    Classrooms That Work is a great reference for any teacher K-6 to have. It begins by telling the reader what has and hasn't worked in teaching reading in the past, goes over specific teaching strategies, and finally gives the reader a window into three separate classrooms. It really aims to teach all children, and gives you many strategies in reading and writing to allow all of your students to succeed. Although it is mainly outlined for elementary level, it is clearly adaptable for middle school. I can't wait to try some of the strategies and activities when I return to school in September! Try it out-you won't be disappointed!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource April 24 2003
    By ardnam
    Format:Paperback
    This book is written in a reader-friendly format. It provides many useful strategies which are easily adapted to individual classrooms. The authors reference specific books which lend themselves to cited strategies. ( Some books will prove hard to come by as they are out of print, however.) Current reasearch is presented in a clear manner.
    Both authors are noted in the field of education and their ability to provide a resource for teachers that is not overly dry and overrun with statistics and obscure studies makes the book a very useful tool in today's classroom.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, especially for primary teachers Sept. 18 2000
    By A Customer
    Format:Paperback
    Pat has done a masterful job of combining the best balanced literacy practices into one easy-to-manage program. Her 4Blocks model is a surefire way to ensure that your students are learning from all angles. My only criticism is that the guided reading block does not quite fit for grades 3 and above. Pat says that your kids should read multiple books over the course of the week - each at different levels. However, beyond second grade, books are much longer, thus making it impossible to expose your students to such a wide range of levels each week.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars The best book ever on classroom literacy. March 17 1999
    By A Customer
    Format:Paperback
    This book changed my mind about teaching literacy skills, and the result is Special Day Class students who are reading, who love reading, and who actually TRY to read things. This book is full of great ideas that work: so many ideas that you wish you could use them all! My copy is already dog-eared and filled with sticky notes, highlighting, and notes in the margin. I've told all my teacher friends to get this book! GET THIS BOOK!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable! Aug. 15 1999
    By A Customer
    Format:Paperback
    This book is a must have for primary teachers! It is chock full of practical ideas that can be implemented in your classroom. Cunningham and Allington's experience and research are evident throughout the pages of this book. It is very readable and an excellent resource as it addresses just about every need you can think of. I highly recommend it.
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