Teaching Literacy in Fifth Grade

Teaching Literacy in Fifth Grade

by Susan I. McMahon PhD, Jacqueline Wells MS

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For students, fifth grade is a time of increasing independence and responsibility. Yet fifth-graders vary widely in their reading and writing abilities--and they are still young enough to require considerable teacher support. Depicting an exemplary teacher in action, this indispensable book presents innovative, practical strategies for creating an organized, motivating, and literacy-rich fifth-grade classroom. The authors show how to assess student needs and implement standards-based instruction that targets comprehension, vocabulary, writing, genre study, and other crucial areas. Grounded in current best practices, the book includes helpful planning tips, illustrations, and reproducibles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781462514960
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 11/18/2013
Series: Tools for Teaching Literacy
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 150
File size: 5 MB
Age Range: 10 Years

About the Author

Susan I. McMahon, PhD, is a professor of reading and language in the Curriculum and Instruction Program at National-Louis University, where she teaches master's- and doctoral-level students. She began her professional career as an English teacher and taught at both the middle and high school levels in rural, urban, and suburban settings for 16 years. After completing her PhD in literacy development with an emphasis in reading, Susan accepted a position at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she taught for 7 years. Her research interests focus on classroom-based assessment of students’ comprehension. She has spent several years working with districts to develop assessment tools that inform instruction. Her publications include The Book Club Connection: Literacy Learning and Classroom Talkand several book chapters and journal publications, including Fifth Graders Helping Peers Discuss Texts in Student-Led Groups,which won the Harold E. Mitzel Award for Meritorious Contribution to Educational Practice through Research. Susan continues to work with elementary school teachers to improve their literacy instruction and assessment.
Jacqueline Wells, MS, earned her BA in elementary education from the University of Iowa and her MS in reading curriculum and instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1998, the International Reading Association (IRA) awarded her a Teacher as Researcher Grant. She was also a presenter at annual conventions of the IRA on topics such as student discourse, Book Club, and integrated curriculum. Jacqueline has 16 years of teaching experience at the elementary level and is currently a fifth-grade teacher in the small, suburban community of Waunakee, Wisconsin. In her current school district, she serves as building coordinator in communication arts, member of the contract negotiations team, and mentor to new teachers. In 2005, her peers elected her Teacher of the Year.

Table of Contents

1. The "Typical" Fifth Grader Is Anything But
2. Setting Goals: Standards, Needs, and Quality
3. Establishing a Classroom Environment for Literacy Learning
4. Assessing to Plan Instruction
5. A Week in Jacqueline's Literacy Classroom
6. Integrating Curriculum Using Multiple Genres to Enhance Literacy
7. Finding Resources for Planning and Instruction
Appendix: Book Club Journal Information Sheets


Fifth-grade teachers; staff developers; students in elementary education and literacy education. Serves as a supplemental text in elementary and middle grades literacy methods courses.

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