Starting Strong shows teachers how to use four proven
instructional approaches – standards based, evidence based, assessment based
and student based – to improve their teaching practice in all areas of early
Authors Katrin Blamey and Katherine Beauchat draw on their years
of experience and early literacy expertise to guide you in figuring out what to
teach and how to find the most instructionally sound method to teach it. They
help you determine the instructional needs of your classroom and take full
advantage of what you know about your students so you can engage them in learning.
With chapters on oral language, vocabulary, phonological
awareness, word recognition, comprehension and writing skills, this comprehensive
book explains each skill and provides research-based strategies for targeting
each area. Supported by evidence-based research and aligned to key tenets of
the Common Core, the book also includes classroom-tested activities and
children’s literature suggestions for each area of literacy.
Starting Strong is an essential resource that any early
literacy teacher of coach using a balanced literacy approach can use to build a
solid foundation for their students.