Responsive Literacy: A Comprehensive Framework

A Comprehensive Framework

Responsive Literacy: A Comprehensive Framework

A Comprehensive Framework

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The book, edited by Patricia L. Scharer, is authored by educators affiliated with The Ohio State University Literacy Collaborative, many of whom are also Reading Recovery trained. They illuminate in precise detail high-quality classroom literacy instruction, individualized according to student needs, using the very best children’s literature across a language and literacy framework. The book is organized around the six essential components of comprehensive literacy Section One: Professional Learning Section Two: Organizing for Learning Section Three: Reading Section Four: Writing Section Five: Building Blocks of Language Section Six: A Learning Community: Students, Teachers, Principals, and Families Throughout the six sections, you'll find the principles of learning and teaching that define comprehensive literacy. Every day, comprehensive literacy teachers: Build upon students' strengths Use embedded formative instruction to inform precise, responsive instruction Marshal the full force of integrated language Respect and honor the child's first language and cultural background Surround students with the richest children's literature possible Use a gradual release of responsibility to scaffold literacy instruction Provide time, choice, and access to independent reading and writing Engage families and encourage a home reading life Nurture children's social emotional well-being Engage in continuous, collaborative professional learning Promote informed leadership


“This book is about school­--­­the place where almost all of us learned some very important lessons about life. … We learned that language is powerful. It brings pleasure, excitement, and a way to express what we think. We learned to become literate human beings and to know that reading, writing, thinking, and talking are an integral, necessary part of life. . .The goal of all of the instructional practices described here is joyful independent reading and writing, as well as deep thinking, and rewarding talk about students’ thinking.”- Gay Su Pinnell   Responsive Literacy is indeed comprehensive. It addresses every aspect of school life from professional development to phonics and handwriting. The book is based on an extension of Marie Clay’s work, making it available in remarkable clarity and detail. Filled with ideas, demonstrations, and the logic of practice, it is a great tool for getting everyone in the school on the same page. Peter Johnston, Professor Emeritus, University at Albany/SUNY, author of Choice Words and Opening Minds.

About the Author

Patricia L. Scharer
Professor of education at The Ohio State University, member of the national Literacy Collaborative Trademark Committee, and author of numerous books on literacy.

Product Details

  • Item #: NTS824562
  • ISBN13: 9781338245622
  • Format: Professional Book
  • Pages: 400
  • Grades: K and up
  • Funding Type:
    Title I, Part A,
    Title II, Part A,
    Title II, Part B, LEARN,
    Title III,
    Title IV, Part A, SSAEG

Responsive Literacy: A Comprehensive Framework

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