A Literate Community: Common Threads and Unique Patterns in Teaching and Learning

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University Press of America, 1995 - Education - 299 pages
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A fourth-grade classroom and school library are the setting for this book that presents an in-depth and qualitative study of teaching and learning of reading and writing. The study's exploration is designed to identify and explain connections among the school and classroom as literate communities, teachers' classroom practices, children's learning, and the type of literacy that is jointly constructed. In contrast to the traditional focus on reading lessons, methods, materials, and standardized test scores, this study explores teaching by closely examining teacher-child interactions with texts across the school day. Contents: Introduction: Early Indications of a Literate Community; Frameworks for Understanding a Literate Community; Culture and Teacher Thinking in a Literate Community; Opportunities to Become Literate; A Framework for Looking at Literacy Work; Common Threads and Unique Patterns.
 

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Contents

Frameworks for Understanding a Literate Community
7
Intellectual Contexts for the Study
10
Theoretical Assumptions
14
Contexts for Literacy Learning within the Classroom
16
Research Methods
20
Summary
36
Culture and Teacher Thinking in a Literate Community
41
Contexts and Cultures of Elementary Teaching
43
Tasks
145
Level of Engagement
146
Level of Knowledge
149
Structure of the Talk
156
Summary
162
A Closer Look at Literacy Work
165
A Close Look at Five Literacy Learning Events
167
Summary
196

Teaching Reading and Writing in the Lower School
47
Summary
73
Opportunities to Become Literate
75
Connecting Opportunities to Learn and Literacy Events
77
The Classroom the Library and the Teachers
78
Literacy Learning Opportunities
82
A Close Look at Two Literacy Learning Events
107
Summary
120
A Framework for Looking at Literacy Work
123
Literacy Work
125
Content
127
A Closer Look at Literacy Learners
201
A Portrait of One Literacy Learner
206
Comparing Sketches Literacy Learners
236
Summary
263
Common Threads and Unique Patterns
267
Kyles Stories
279
Bibliography of Childrens Books
283
Bibliography
287
Index
297
About the Author
301
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About the author (1995)

Carole Cook Freeman is Assistant Professor of Education at LaSalle University.

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