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Literacy in the Early Grades

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Becoming an Effective Teacher of Reading Chapter 2: Examining Children's Literacy Development Chapter 3: Assessing Children's Literacy Development Chapter 4: Cracking the Alphabetic Code Chapter 5: Learning to Spell Chapter 6: Developing Fluent Readers and Writers Chapter 7: Building Children's Word Knowledge Chapter 8: Facilitating Children's Comprehension: Reader Factors Chapter 9: Facilitating Children's Comprehension: Text Factors Chapter 10: Scaffolding Children's Reading Development Chapter 11: Scaffolding Children's Writing Development Chapter 12: Integrating Literacy Into Thematic Units

About the Author

Gail E. Tompkins is Professor Emerita at California State University, Fresno. Currently, she works with teachers in their kindergarten through eighth-grade classrooms and leads staff-development programs on reading and writing. Dr. Tompkins was inducted into the California Reading Association's Reading Hall of Fame in recognition of her accomplishments in the field of reading, and she's received the prestigious Provost's award for Excellence in Teaching at California State University, Fresno. Dr. Tompkins is the author of six other books published by Pearson Education: Language Arts: Patterns of Practice, Language Arts Essentials, Teaching Writing: Balancing Process and Product, 50 Literacy Strategies, and two grade-specific versions of this text: Literacy for the 21sst Century: A Balanced Approach (K-8) and Literacy in the Middle Grades: Teaching Reading and Writing to Fourth Through Eighth Graders. During the past three decades, Dr. Tompkins has also worked with kindergarten through college-level writing teachers at National Writing Project sites in California and Oklahoma.


Engaging, interesting, and digestible. In Literacy in the Early Grades, Gail Tompkins connects research with praxis and attends to the task of providing effective literacy instruction for diverse learners. It is focused on how teachers work in everyday classrooms with a grand variety of learners to provide effective, meaningful, and important literacy learning opportunities. Tompkins writes in a personable, yet professional voice that treats undergraduate teacher candidate as thoughtful members of the teaching community. -- Brian E. Maguire, Clarion University of Pennsylvania This is one of my students' favorite textbooks. I hear about how much they like it all the time. It is easy to follow and very inviting to the reader. Specific topics are easy to find when my students have concerns in their own classrooms. They use the textbook as a reference long after the course is completed. -- Kathleen J. Sanders, Fort Hays State

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