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Classrooms That Work: They Can All Read and Write
In Classrooms That Work, Pat Cunningham and Dick Allington emphasize the importance of promoting the integration of phonics and literature-based process writing and reading instruction to enhance all students' learning and reading skills.
Paperback, Fourth Edition, 320 pages
Published February 27th 2006 by Allyn & Bacon
(first published January 1st 1994)
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"What Really Matters for Struggling Readers" by Richard Allington (a co-author on this book) is one of my favorite books about reading. This one, though, was really just lackluster for me. I thought the section on words and word work just can't compare to "Words Their Way" or "Word Journeys." I felt the assessment stuff was all stuff I already knew. It's basic premise--that all students need ample time to read and write--is undeniable. I just feel like I've read all of this before, and that I've ...more
Cunningham provides the reader with many hands on lessons througout this text. She invites teachers to become more interactive and aware of literacy centers. She does a great job of mapping out each activity by time and location. Cunningham is an excellent researcher that encourages teachers to build teamwork and teach children on all levels. This is a great resource to have in the classroom. Itis a easy read that teachers can relate to.
What is not to love about this book? Really good information in this book. But Cunningham can be a bit irregular in presentation of ideas. They are not always presented sequentially. Having said that, some of the best techniques for teaching are contained in this book.
Dec 06, 2007 Kate rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Reading teachers, people who want to understand literacy development
Patricia Cunningham is amazing! Her books are full of information to help you better understand the development of literacy/reading and writing in students and activities to assist in that development. Highly recommended.