The Literacy Jigsaw Puzzle

Assembling the Critical Pieces of Literacy Instruction


Beverly Tyner

"Without the consideration of the needs of each child, even the most carefully crafted literacy instruction will be ineffective. Without an expert teacher to make critical day-to-day decisions based on the learners in the classroom, the effectiveness of the plan will be all but lost. These two pieces must be tempered with other important literacy pieces that are embedded in district and state mandates, best practices, research, and what is motivating and meaningful to every student."

—from the Preface

Countless classrooms have been transformed by Beverly Tyner's bestselling Small-Group Reading Instruction books. Now Beverly draws on her years of classroom and consulting experience to "put the pieces together" and help you deliver top-quality literacy instruction in your elementary classroom.

The Literacy Jigsaw Puzzle shows you how to identify, assemble, and deliver a comprehensive literacy plan that includes whole-group instruction, small-group differentiated instruction, and independent practice based on the standards, curriculum, and assessments already in place in your school or district. Beverly guides you through today's education challenges, including increasingly diverse classrooms, Response to Intervention, and Common Core State Standards. You'll discover how integrated literacy instruction can help you meet the needs of all learners—struggling, typical, and gifted learners as well as unmotivated students, English learners, and students with special needs—and maximize limited classroom time.

At the core of this book lies Beverly's indefatigable belief that when teachers understand all the crucial elements of effective literacy instruction and really know their students, all learners can achieve success. The tools she provides—including research-based strategies and best practices, model thematic units for primary- and intermediate-grade classrooms, suggestions for independent projects and presentations, reproducible planning templates, and vignettes that show real-life teaching scenarios—will prove invaluable as you put together the literacy jigsaw puzzle in your class.

Exam copies are available and can be requested by faculty considering IRA texts for course adoption.

© 2012 | 192 pp.
ISBN 13: 978-0-87207-439-2

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