This insightful book shows teachers how reading and writing instruction has evolved — where we were, where we are, and where we can go in literacy learning. It looks at a wealth of literacy techniques that range from group reading to whole language to synthetic phonics to reading and writing workshops. Each chapter begins with a glimpse of a modern classroom where a remarkable teacher is engaged in a significant literacy event, one that inspires and motivates students. The book features a dozen vignettes of these outstanding teachers in action, and reflects on what has happened in the past that informed such successful classroom practice. David Booth, himself an extraordinary educator, then goes on to share his insights into the way forward; the changes in literacy education that will merge into programs for the next generation of children.
About the author
David Booth was Professor Emeritus at OISE–University of Toronto, where he trained teachers to use innovative ways to promote literacy among children for more than 30 years. A prolific author and popular international speaker, David delighted thousands with his energy, enthusiasm, and commitment. Although David passed away in 2018, his dedication to literacy, and his superb body of work in the field, form a lasting legacy in Canadian education.
Other titles by David Booth
What Is a "Good" Teacher?
Questions and answers that meet the needs of real teachers in K-12 classrooms
Exploding the Reading
Building a world of responses from one small story; 50 interactive strategies for increasing comprehension
Creating stories through role playing, improvising and reading aloud
Reading Doesn't Matter Anymore…
Shattering the myths of literacy
Even Hockey Players Read
Boys, literacy, and learning
For building successful reading and writing
The Arts Go to School
Classroom-based activities that focus on music, painting, drama, movement, media, and more
I've Got Something to Say
How student voices inform our teaching