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Understand the science of reading and how to implement evidence–based instruction

Fundamentals of Literacy Instruction & Assessment, Pre-K–6, Second Edition

Edited by Martha C. Hougen, Ph.D., & Susan M. Smartt, Ph.D.

Listed by the National Council on Teacher Quality’s 2020 Teacher Prep Review as one of 14 exemplary texts covering all five elements of effective reading instruction!

Increase the reading and writing achievement of each student with the second edition of this comprehensive core text, which helps educators understand the science of reading and how to implement evidence-based instruction with all students, including those at risk for reading difficulties.

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What’s new in the second edition

  • New chapters focused on: assessment basics· standards to guide instruction · development of social-emotional skills and early language · advanced word study · English learners · supportive technology · role of reflection in planning instruction
  • Revised chapters on: foundational skills of literacy acquisition and instruction to develop phonological and phonemic awareness · basic phonics · beginning and advanced handwriting, spelling, composition, and strategic writing · fluency · vocabulary · comprehension · disciplinary literacy · integrated lesson plans
  • New features: Reflect boxes that encourage critical thought · multiple-choice Knowledge Assessment questions · revised Application Activities · vignettes, case studies, numbered text boxes, and sample activities and scripts
  • Updated information on: structured literacy · data-based decision making · MTSS · metacognitive awareness · formal and informal assessments to guide instruction · standards-based instruction including the Common Core State Standards and the Knowledge & Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading

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Supplement your teaching with these Online Companion Materials

  • Sample syllabi
  • Online Resource Appendix addressing each topic
  • PowerPoint slides for each chapter
  • An answer key for Knowledge Assessment questions
  • Sample lesson plans

Meet the volume editors

Martha C. Hougen, Ph.D.
As a general and special education teacher, public school administrator, and university faculty member, Dr. Hougen has dedicated her work to improve the achievement of students who struggle with learning. She supports teacher educators, teacher candidates, classroom teachers, and specialists to implement the science of literacy.
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Susan M. Smartt, Ph.D.
As a senior research associate at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Smartt engaged in research, writing,
and teaching focused on improving teacher preparation in reading. Previously, she was a
national literacy consultant with state departments, teacher preparation programs, and local
school districts focusing on school reform, reading intervention for low-performing schools, using data to inform practice, developing Response to Intervention initiatives, and implementing scientifically based literacy programs.
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Invited contributors: Stephanie Al Otaiba Ph.D.Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan Ed.D., CCC-SLPSuzanne Carreker M.Ed., Ph.D.Christie L. Cavanaugh M.Ed., Ph.D.Elaine Cheesman Ph.D.Stephen Ciullo Ph.D.Sally Valentino Drew Ph.D.Darcy Dycha M.Ed.Susan M. Ebbers M.S.Vicki Gibson Ph.D.Jan Hasbrouck Ph.D.Heather A. Haynes Smith Ph.D.Karin K. Hess Ed.D.Kristie Hotchkiss M.S.Susanne James Ph.D.Natalie G. Olinghouse Ph.D.Miriam Ortiz Ph.D.Deborah K. Reed Ph.D.Colleen Klein Reutebuch Ph.D.Holly Tate Rocha M.S.Carol Tolma Ph.D.Joshua Wilson Ph.D.

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About the Online Materials
About the Editors
About the Contributors

Section I   An Introduction to Literacy Instruction and Assessment
1  Becoming an Effective Literacy Teacher
2  Critical Components of Teaching Structured Reading
3  Assessment Basics
4  Using Standards to Guide Instruction
5  Foundational Skills for Literacy: Social-Emotional Skills and Language Development  

Section II   The Foundational Skills of Literacy Acquisition and Instruction
6  Oral Language and Listening Skill Development in Early Childhood
7  Phonological Awareness: A Critical Foundation for Beginning Reading
8  Basic Phonics
9  Advanced Word Study
10  Beginning Handwriting, Spelling, and Composition Instruction
11  Fluency Instruction     
12  A Comprehensive Approach to Vocabulary Development
13  Comprehension Instruction: Grades K–3
14  Reading Comprehension Instruction: Grades 4–6
15  Disciplinary Literacy
16  Strategic and Meaningful Writing Instruction

Section III   Instructional Considerations to Enhance Effective Literacy Instruction
17  Literacy Instruction for English Learners
18  Technology for Elementary Literacy Instruction
19  Moving Forward: The Role of Reflection in Planning Literacy Instruction
Conclusion  Ten Tips to Becoming an Effective Teacher

Appendix A: What to Include in Your Tutoring Toolbox
Appendix B: Directions for the Jigsaw Activity
Appendix C: Lesson Plan Template
Appendix D: List of Assessments, Screening, and Progress Monitoring Tools
Appendix E: Directions for a Sticky Board


More resources

  • handy resource that shows you what’s been added and updated in the new edition
  • book excerpt that includes the full table of contents
  • sample syllabus that shows how to use this book in your course
  • slide deck that provides a comprehensive overview of the new edition
  • webinar on Fundamentals of Literacy Instruction Pre-K–6