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Fundamentals of Literacy Instruction & Assessment, Pre-K-6
Edited by Martha C. Hougen and Susan M. Smartt
Brookes Publishing / Hardcover / Jun 2020
9781681253756 (ISBN-10: 1681253755)
Language Arts & Disciplines
price: $111.50
416 pages
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Listed by the National Council on Teacher Quality's 2020 Teacher Prep Review as one of 14 exemplary texts covering all five elements of effective reading instruction!

Understand the science of reading and how to implement evidence–based instruction to increase the reading and writing achievement of pre-K–6 students, including those at risk for reading difficulties. Fully revised and updated, this core text covers the research base for structured literacy instruction and practical guidance on the essential components of literacy instruction: oral language, phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, handwriting, spelling, and writing.

Woven throughout this new edition are proven strategies for applying explicit, systematic instruction, including affirmative and corrective feedback, active engagement, effective practice, and ongoing assessment of student progress. Practical features such as instructional activities, scripted demonstrations of lessons, and online resources give readers explicit examples of how to translate the research into classroom instruction. Engaging, pragmatic, and accessible, this book is an essential text for preservice teacher candidates and a valuable resource for experienced teachers, teacher educators, administrators, and other professionals involved in teaching foundational literacy skills.


New chapters focused on: assessment basics· standards to guide instruction · development of social-emotional skills and early language · advanced word study · English learners · supportive technology · role of reflection in planning instruction
Revised chapters on: foundational skills of literacy acquisition and instruction to develop phonological and phonemic awareness · basic phonics · beginning and advanced handwriting, spelling, composition, and strategic writing · fluency · vocabulary · comprehension · disciplinary literacy · integrated lesson plans
New features: Reflect boxes that encourage critical thought · multiple-choice Knowledge Assessment questions · revised Application Activities · vignettes, case studies, numbered text boxes, and sample activities and scripts
Updated information on: structured literacy · data-based decision making · MTSS · metacognitive awareness · formal and informal assessments to guide instruction · standards-based instruction including the Common Core State Standards and the Knowledge & Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading

ONLINE COMPANION MATERIALS: Online Resource Appendix addressing each topic, PowerPoint slides for each chapter, an answer key for the Knowledge Assessment questions, sample lesson plans, and sample syllabi for teacher educators.

Table of Contents:

About the Online Materials

About the Editors

About the Contributors

About the Online Materials

About the Editors

About the Contributors



Section I

An Introduction to Literacy Instruction and Assessment

1 Becoming an Effective Literacy Teacher

Martha C. Hougen

2 Critical Components of Teaching Structured Reading

Martha C. Hougen and Susan M. Smartt

3 Assessment Basics

Susan M. Smartt

4 Using Standards to Guide Instruction

Karin K. Hess

5 Foundational Skills for Literacy:Social-Emotional Skills and Language Development

Vicki Gibson

Section II

The Foundational Skills of Literacy Acquisition and Instruction

6 Oral Language and Listening Skill Development in Early Childhood

Christie Cavanaugh

7 Phonological Awareness:A Critical Foundation for Beginning Reading

Stephanie Al Otaiba, Miriam Ortiz, and Martha C. Hougen

8 Basic Phonics

Carol Tolman, Martha C. Hougen, and Susan M. Smartt

9 Advanced Word Study

Martha C. Hougen, Carol Tolman, and Susan M. Smartt

10 Beginning Handwriting, Spelling, and Composition Instruction

Suzanne Carreker

11 Fluency Instruction

Jan Hasbrouck and Martha C. Hougen

12 A Comprehensive Approach to Vocabulary Development

Deborah K. Reed, Martha C. Hougen, and Susan M. Ebbers

13 Comprehension Instruction:Grades K–3

Darcy Dycha and Holly Tate Rocha

14 Reading Comprehension Instruction:Grades 4–6

Stephen Ciullo and Colleen Klein Reutebuch

15 Disciplinary Literacy

Martha C. Hougen and Kristie Hotchkiss

16 Strategic and Meaningful Writing Instruction

Joshua Wilson, Natalie G. Olinghouse, and Sally Valentino Drew

Section III

Instructional Considerations to Enhance Effective Literacy Instruction

17 Literacy Instruction for English Learners

Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan

18 Technology for Elementary Literacy Instruction

Elaine A. Cheesman

Moving Forward:The Role of Reflection in Planning Literacy Instruction

Heather Haynes Smith and Susanne James

Conclusion Ten Tips to Becoming an Effective Teacher

Martha C. Hougen and Susan M. Smartt

Appendix A What to Include in Your Tutoring Toolbox

Appendix B Directions for the Jigsaw Activity

Appendix C Lesson Plan Template

Appendix D List of Assessments, Screening, and Progress Monitoring Tools

Appendix E Directions for a Sticky Board




About the Editors:

Martha Hougen, Ph.D. As a general and special education teacher, public school administrator, and university faculty member, Dr. Hougen has dedicated her work to improve the achievement of students who struggle with learning. She supports teacher educators, teacher candidates, classroom teachers, and specialists to implement the science of literacy.

While working at the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at The University of Texas at Austin College of Education, Dr. Hougen led the Higher Education Collaborative (HEC). The HEC provided collaborative and professional development opportunities for teacher educators in literacy throughout Texas. She continued this work on a national scale with the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform Center (CEEDAR Center) at the University of Florida, working with state departments, institutes of higher education, and school districts.

Currently, Dr. Hougen is a national consultant collaborating with state departments and institutes of higher education to improve educator preparation. She also serves on the board of The Center for Effective Reading Instruction.

Dr. Hougen has contributed to numerous professional publications on literacy and teacher education, including two textbooks: The Fundamentals of Literacy Assessment & Instruction, Pre-K–6, 1st and 2nd editions (2012 and 2020) and The Fundamentals of Literacy Assessment & Instruction, 6–12 (2014).

Susan M. Smartt, Ph.D. As a senior research associate at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Smartt engaged in research, writing, and teaching focused on improving teacher preparation in reading. Previously, she was a national literacy consultant with state departments, teacher preparation programs, and local school districts. Her work focused on facilitating school reform, implementing, reading intervention for low-performing schools, using data to inform practice, developing Response to Intervention initiatives, and implementing scientifically based literacy programs.

Dr. Smartt owned and directed a reading clinic for more than 20 years in which she provided comprehensive psychoeducational assessments, dyslexia evaluations, and tutoring services. She has been a classroom teacher, a reading coach, a reading specialist, and a principal. She was an early contributor to the development of LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) (Moats & Tolman, 2017) and past president of the Tennessee branch of the International Dyslexia Association. Her publications include journal articles, edited volumes, and books on research-based reading intervention and policy initiatives, including Next STEPS in Literacy Instruction: Connecting Assessments to Effective Interventions (Smartt & Glaser, 2010). Currently, Dr. Smartt tutors and provides advocacy services for students with dyslexia.

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