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    Methods of Teaching Early Literacy

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    Nandita Gurjar, Rhode Island College

    Sohyun Meacham, University of Northern Iowa

    Constance Beecher, Iowa State University

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    Publisher: Iowa State University Digital Press

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Zulma Mojica, Assistant Professor of Bilingual/ESL Education, University of Texas at Arlington on 4/15/24

    The book is well-organized and written in an easy-to-follow manner. It provides various ways to access and interact with content, such as links, videos, transcripts, and visuals. The table of contents is accurate and demonstrates how each chapter... read more

    Reviewed by Christina Madda, Professor of Literacy Education, Northeastern Illinois University on 4/9/24

    The text covers all pertinent areas and ideas relevant to early literacy teaching and learning. There are individual chapters that address the key curricular components for early literacy instruction as informed by the research base: Phonological... read more

    Table of Contents

    • Acknowledgments
    • About the Book
    • Introduction
    • Chapter 1. What is Literacy? Multiple Perspectives on Literacy
    • Chapter 2. Foundations of Early Literacy
    • Chapter 3. Phonological Awareness
    • Chapter 4. Phonics: Breaking the Code to Words
    • Chapter 5. Supporting Literacy Learning in the Early Childhood Classroom
    • Chapter 6. Vocabulary 
    • Chapter 7. Fluency and Comprehension
    • Chapter 8. Writing
    • Chapter 9. Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners
    • Chapter 10. Reading and Writing Across Content Areas – Disciplinary Literacy
    • Review Statement
    • About the Authors

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    About the Book

    This textbook covers theories, teaching strategies, and instructional materials pertinent to teaching reading and writing in grades PK-3, with an emphasis on integrating reading, writing, speaking, and listening, as well as integration across content areas while addressing diversity and inclusion.

    About the Contributors


    Nandita Gurjar, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Elementary Education at Rhode Island College, Providence, RI. Before her current position, she was an Assistant Professor of Literacy Education at the University of Northern Iowa in the Literacy division. While at UNI, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in literacy, particularly Methods of Teaching Early Literacy, for several years. Nandita led America Reads program and was an Iowa Reading Research advisory council member. She co-chairs Early Childhood Education SIG at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education.

    Sohyun “Soh (pronounced as so)” Meacham, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Literacy Education at the University of Northern Iowa. Her research interests include teachers’ language use, young children’s oral language development in the classroom, and representations of minoritized children in picturebooks. With this research background, she teaches early literacy courses. She has been the state secretary of Iowa Reading Association since 2021.

    Constance Beecher, Ph.D.,  is an Associate Professor of Literacy in the School of Education at Iowa State University. She an Early Intervention researcher and educator, with an emphasis on language and literacy development.  Her research is centered in the context of community-based research, and involves developing, evaluating, and disseminating interventions for young children that can be implemented by or for parents, teachers and caregivers in community settings.

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