New Approaches to Literacy addresses the controversy over "skills versus whole language" in reading education by integrating the best features of each approach. Based on experience with thousands of teachers, the authors present a learning strategy in which students acquire reading and writing skills as a by-product of meaningful communication tasks.
This book provides a learning model that breaks down reading and writing skills into component processes and presents strategies for teaching each one. The authors explain how to identify students who are having problems with any of the component processes and how to assist students through mediated instruction, a one-to-one, workshop-style relationship between teacher and student.
The book includes illustrative scenarios and a model for constructing classroom projects.