I. WHAT IS A BALANCED APPROACH TO LITERACY INSTRUCTION? 1. Becoming an Effective Teacher of Reading. 2. Teaching the Reading and Writing Processes. 3. Assessing Students' Literacy Development. II. HOW DO CHILDREN LEARN TO READ AND WRITE? 4. Working with Emergent Readers and Writers. 5. Breaking the Alphabetic Code. 6. Developing Fluent Readers and Writers. III. HOW DO READERS AND WRITERS CONSTRUCT MEANING? 7. Learning About the Meaning of Words. 8. Facilitating Students' Comprehension. 9. Becoming Familiar with the Structure of Text. IV. HOW DO TEACHERS ORGANIZE LITERACY INSTRUCTION? 10. Literature Focus Units. 11. Literature Circles. 12. Reading and Writing Workshop. 13. Basal Reading Textbooks. 14. Reading and Writing in the Content Areas. V. COMPENDIUM OF INSTRUCTIONAL PROCEDURES. References.
GAIL E. TOMPKINS is a Professor at California State University, Fresno, in the Department of Literacy and Early Education, where she teaches courses in reading, language arts, and writing for pre-service teachers and students in the reading/language arts master's degree program. She directs the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project and works regularly with teachers, both by teaching model lessons in classrooms and by leading staff development programs. Recently Dr. Tompkins was inducted into the California Reading Association's Reading Hall of Fame in recognition of her publications and other accomplishments in the field of reading. She has also been awarded the prestigious Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching at California State University, Fresno. Previously, Dr. Tompkins taught at Miami University in Ohio and at the University of Oklahoma in Norman where she received the prestigious Regents' Award for Superior Teaching. She was also an elementary teacher in Virginia for eight years. Dr. Tompkins is the author of three books published by Merrill/Prentice Hall: Teaching Writing: Balancing Process and Product, 3rd ed. (2000), 50 Literacy Strategies (1998), and Language Arts: Content and Teaching Strategies, 4th ed. (1998). She has written numerous articles related to reading and language arts that have appeared in The Reading Teacher, Language Arts, and other professional journals.