Fundamentals of Literacy Instruction & Assessment, Pre-K–6, Second Edition
Special Education
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.
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53756 978-1-68125-375-6
2020 416
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Listed by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ)'s Teacher Prep Review as an exemplary text covering all five elements of scientifically based 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.

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Watch a webcast with editors Martha Hougen, Ph.D. and Susan Smartt, Ph.D.

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About the Online Materials

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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










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Louisa Moats, Ed.D., President, Moats Associates Consulting, Inc. - April 8, 2020
"More than twenty contributors to this comprehensive introductory resource offer broad coverage of the full range of relevant literacy instruction topics. This will be a widely used and often referenced text, aligned with current reading research."
Louise Spear-Swerling, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Southern Connecticut State University - April 1, 2020
"A comprehensive, clear, highly practical resource based in the science of reading and writing. Its many new and enhanced features make this text a top choice for teachers and teacher educators interested in how to teach effectively using Structured Literacy methods."
Marcia Henry, Ph.D., Author of Unlocking Literacy: Effective Decoding and Spelling Instruction; Past President, The International Dyslexia Association; Professor Emerita, San Jose State University - April 1, 2020
"This treasure is a must read for all pre-service teachers! Hougen and Smartt bring together the science of reading and effective instruction and assessment from the perspective of reading scientists and educators."
Steve Goodman, Ph.D., Director, Michigan’s Technical Assistance Center for Multi-Tiered System of Supports, Ottawa Area Intermediate School District - April 1, 2020
"Provides essential guidance to improve effective literacy instruction as informed by science. Elementary educators will find the strategies illustrated both necessary and urgent, particularly when addressing the needs of diverse learners."
Jennifer Throndsen, Ph.D., Director of Teaching and Learning, Utah State Board of Education - April 1, 2020
"Provides maximum impact in an easily consumable package. The content strongly aligns with the science of learning to read and write. This is an essential text for anyone looking to advance their practice in the areas of literacy instruction and assessment."
Sharon Vaughn, Ph.D. - April 1, 2020
"Packed with exactly the information teachers and tutors need to design and implement scientifically based practices for students with reading difficulties. What is so extraordinary about this book is the clearly stated information with specific examples and applications. Required reading for all reading teachers and tutors."
R. Joshi, Ph.D., Texas A & M University College Station; Editor, Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal; Fellow, American Educational Research Association - April 1, 2020
"Should be required reading for all professionals involved in improving literacy skills of our children…an essential volume in reading/literacy courses in the colleges of education."
This book may be appropriate for courses similar to those listed below:

  • Undergraduate and graduate courses on reading and literacy instruction for pre-service educators and pre-service reading specialists
    • RDG 3413 Foundations of Literacy Instruction
    • TLPL 644 Foundations of Reading
    • ELM 330 Teaching Reading in Elementary School)
  • Special education reading methods courses
    • SPE 417A Beginning Reading Methods for Special Educators
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