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Reading for Life : High Quality Literacy Instruction for All

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Why is it that more people can't read and write? Why are there still so many vastly different methods of teaching literacy? Why do people still argue about it?





Reading for Life examines these three questions, addressing the less evidence supported ideas about teaching reading and writing which are still alive and well in schools all over the world. This accessible guide bridges the gap between research and practice, translating academic findings into practical suggestions and ready-to-use techniques.





Written in an approachable style and with informative graphics, vignettes and interviews woven throughout, this book covers:











the components of literacy, including phonics, vocabulary and fluency
the history of approaches to literacy teaching and an overview of the key figures
government-level inquiries into the provision of reading and writing teaching
the mindset which leads to acceptance of poor practice
the essential components of an effective literacy program with practical advice on selecting resources to get the job done well








Reading for Life helps educational practitioners make informed decisions about which teaching methods to reject and select, and empowers parents to ask the right questions of professionals and policy makers. This book is a timely exploration of poor teaching methods and is an innovative, fresh assessment of how high quality literacy teaching can be provided for all.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 206 pages
  • 171 x 248 x 15mm | 347g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 Line drawings, color; 31 Line drawings, black and white; 2 Halftones, black and white; 10 Tables, black and white
  • 1138590924
  • 9781138590922
  • 410,117

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Table of contents

Section 1 - More Than Just Talk













1. A simple view


2. Oral language development


3. Phonological awareness 1


4. Phonics


5. Fluency


6. Vocabulary


7. Comprehension


8. Underlying processes for reading


9. The consequences of low literacy












Section 2: The Reading Wars


10. The major players


11. Children left behind


12. Rose to the occasion


13. The Land of Oz


14. The current scene












Section 3: The Arc of Pedagogy is Long, But it Bends Towards Evidence


15. Why changing your mind is good for you


16. Cults and catchphrases


17. Won't get fooled again: Logical fallacy


18. Fooling ourselves: Cognitive bias


19. Snake oil: The disappointing truth


20. Diagnosis: Dyslexia












Section 4: Teaching Reading and Writing


21. Teaching reading and writing: Overview


22. Teaching handwriting


23. Teaching the alphabet


24. Teaching phonological awareness


25. Teaching phonics


26. Teaching fluency


27. Teaching vocabulary


28. Teaching comprehension









Glossary


Index
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Review quote

"With the author's characteristic sharpness and wit, this book pulls together the academic, psychological and ideological threads of the enormous literature on reading instruction, drawing on research, personal experience and a broad sampling of the best that has been thought and said on the matter." - Dr Jennifer Buckingham, Director of FIVE from FIVE reading project





"`Of making many books there is no end' - that certainly applies to books on the teaching of reading. However, there is always room at the top, which is where this book belongs. Lyn Stone has assembled a highly valuable picture of what it takes learn to read, how best to support struggling readers, and teach reading to best effect. She has also captured the context of the `tedious debate' about teaching reading and, in so-doing, exposed the fake opposites, which have muddied the waters in this territory for far too long." - Sir Jim Rose, C.B.E., FRSA


"This is a book that should be read everywhere we require people to read. The tragedy is that anything in this should be contentious or controversial to anyone, given the enormous evidence bases that inform its conclusions, or the precision and care Stone invests in unpacking not just the methodology, but the assumptions and axioms of language transmission. There is a war going on between those who mean well, but promote inefficient methods of reading instruction, and those who also mean well and commit to using the best and most evidenced methods. Stone's book is a fabulous example of the latter, and it is not only a powerful addition to the oeuvre of evidence informed education, but a readable and accessible one too. Read it twice, then pass it on to someone else." - Tom Bennett, Director of researchED
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About Lyn Stone

Lyn Stone is a linguist and runs Lifelong Literacy, a specialist tutoring practice for children and adults with learning difficulties, on the Mornington Peninsula in Australia. She also writes courses, trains teachers and acts as a consultant for schools on matters of literacy and language.
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