Closing the Literacy Gap

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Pearson/Allyn and Bacon, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 228 pages
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At a time when so many pivotal education issues are closely tied to literacy and education policy, such as No Child Left Behind legislation, Tom Gunning provides critical insight into the key elements needed to close the literacy gap in America's schools, from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

Closing the Literacy Gap addresses the demands of the No Child Left Behind legislation and provides a wide range of recommendations and a great number of practical suggestions for closing the literacy gap. This much-awaited text builds from an early emphasis on creating a vision statement to implementing effective techniques and assessing for instruction. Unlike other texts, Gunning provides a coherent plan for program implementation that has proven to successfully close the literacy gap. The recommendations provided within the text are specific and detailed and are built on basic principles.

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The Literacy Gap
Programs That Close the Gap
The Role of Assessment in Closing the Gap

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Thomas G. Gunning, a former elementary school reading consultant and junior high English teacher, is Professor Emeritus, Southern Connecticut State University, where he was department chair and reading clinic director. Gunning is currently an Adjunct Professor, Reading/ Language Arts Department, Central Connecticut State University. Gunning has conducted research on group reading inventories, vocabulary assessment, reading disabilities, intervention programs, readability, response to intervention, decoding processes and strategies, and literacy skills needed to cope with high-stakes tests. Professor Gunning's other books with Pearson include Creating Literacy Instruction for All Students, Eighth Edition; Assessing and Correcting Reading and Writing Difficulties, Fourth Edition; Creating Literacy  Instruction for All Students In Grades 4-8,  Third  Edition; Developing Higher-Level Literacy in All Students: Building Reading, Reasoning, and Responding; and Closing the Literacy Gap.

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