Reading as Communication

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For undergraduate introductory courses in Reading Methods and graduate courses in Foundations in Reading Instruction. This classic text offers major revisions including concise summaries on up-to-the minute research regarding phonemic awareness, decoding, important aspects of whole language, direct skills instruction, and research findings from the Report of the National Reading Panel. As one of the most popular authorities on reading, May writes with warmth that engages both students and professors while promoting a balanced literacy approach.

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Reading As Communication has consistently championed the importance of literature in the reading curriculum...actively promoting a literacy- rich environment and the strong contribution it can make to the early reading development of children. More than any other text, it offers the detailed, practical suggestions needed to create such an environment in the classroom. Now, in the Fourth Edition, this much-loved reading methods text is even better! Among the changes in the new edition is a much stronger emphasis on the affective side of teaching and learning. An amusing new tale in Chapter 1 emphasizes the need for taking the long rather than the short view of learning and literacy. Plus, there are new chapters on basal readers, emergent literacy, and the importance of the classroom environment for literacy development. A unique approach, down-to-earth teaching advice, an abundance of classroom activities, exercises, games, self-tests, and lesson plans: all of it adds up to the best methods texts ever for preparing prospective teachers to instill in elementary students the knowledge that reading is more than learning...it's the fascinating experience of communicating.

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Frank May is the author of ten books for preservice and inservice teachers. These include six editions of the present title, and two editions of To Help Children Read. They also include Strategies of Curriculum Development and two books on language arts instruction: Teaching Language as Communication, and To Help Children Communicate. He is also the author of numerous articles on education in national and international journals. Dr. May earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his M.A. from the University of Chicago, and his B.A. from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Before joining the faculty at the University of Redlands, he was a professor at Portland State University, Washington State University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of Puget Sound, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While teaching at these universities, Dr. May also directed many research projects related to literacy and teacher education. Outside of the university setting, the author's classroom teaching experiences have included all the grades from one to twelve in a variety of locations in the United States: Pelham, New Hampshire; New York City; Greensboro, North Carolina; Dayton, Ohio; Chicago; and Pullman, Washington. More recently, Frank May has written a book for parents and tutors called One on One Learning: A Better Path toward Literacy. In addition he has written two novels: Ambition of the Meaner Sort and Forgiving the Great Spirit.

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