How the Science of Reading Informs Teaching
J. Richard Gentry, Ph.D and Gene P. Ouellette, Ph.D
“Gentry and Ouellette are cannonballing into the reading research pool,
they’re making waves, and these waves are moving the field of reading forward.”
—From the foreword by Mark Weakland, Super Spellers
The past two decades have brought giant leaps in our understanding of how the brain works. But these discoveries—and all their exciting implications—have yet to make their way into most classrooms.
in the 21st Century
Eileen G. Feldgus and Isabell Cardonick
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One of the leading experts in literacy education, Gentry has lectured and conducted workshops on reading, writing spelling, and dyslexia for over four decades. Here is the Gentry Collection.
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The nations best selling and most effective Spelling Program for K-8
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Memorization Doesn’t Make Mastery
Spelling instruction often consists of students memorizing a weekly spelling list. Spelling Connections is not your typical spelling program. Backed by extensive research, it uses carefully-curated spelling lists to teach patterns, build vocabulary, and develop the skills students need to become proficient spellers. Proficient spelling leads to improved skills in other areas, including more fluent writing.
Designed for grades K–8, Spelling Connections incorporates hands-on activities, motivating online resources, and differentiated instruction to make your students savvy spellers—all in just 15 minutes a day.
Spelling Connections provides everything you need to plan and teach spelling, with an array of classroom resources to reinforce skills and tailor instruction to suit all learners. Spelling Connections features easy planning and up-to-date technology tools that help teachers and motivate students.
The importance of young children's writing in developing literacy was long neglected. In this brand-new book, written in the same familiar and joyful "I can do this in my classroom" voice that teachers loved in Kid Writing (1999), the authors show how reading, spelling, knowledge of the alphabet, and knowledge about speech sounds develop together and support each other in meaning-making among beginning writers.
The Kid Writing process is the missing piece of the beginning literacy puzzle in many classrooms - it will show you how to get your students started writing from the very start of the school year!
Spiral hardcover, 229 Pages ISBN 9781628179361 (2017)
Buy from HamerayPublishing.com: Kid Writing in the 21st Century: A Systematic Approach to Phonics, Spelling, and Writing Workshop
This comprehensive guide provides teachers with techniques to engage students as they strengthen their writing skills with Writer's Workshop. Whether working with small- and independent-writing groups or the entire classroom, this workbook gives lesson plans geared to students of various ages, from Kindergarten-2nd, 3rd-5th grade, as well as 6th to 8th graders.
It equips teachers with techniques from every phase of implementation:
Paperback, 256 Pages, CD, ISBN-10: 1425815170
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Fostering Writing in Today's Classroom (K-12)
Create enthusiastic writers and facilitate a positive learning environment with Fostering Writing in Today's Classroom. This easy-to-implement resource offers dynamic topics such as setting up Writer's Workshop in your classroom; teaching the 5-step writing process; implementing the traits of effective writing; and connecting writing to close reading, reporting, and thinking. Great for professional development and staying current on research-based best practices, new teachers, pre-service educators, and even teaching veterans won't want to let go of this book!
Paperback, 216 Pages, ISBN-10: 1425811906
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in the 21st Century
Eileen G. Feldgus and Isabell Cardonick
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Getting to the Core of Writing series provides teachers with focused lessons for Writer's Workshop that incorporate instruction on the traits of writing.
Lessons covering a variety of genres include opinion/argument, informative/explanatory, and narrative are designed to guide students through the writing process from pre-writing to publishing.
During their many years as educators and literacy consultants, Dr. J. Richard Gentry, Jan McNeel, and Vickie Wallace-Nesler witnessed first hand the many frustrations capable teachers face everyday in the classroom attempting to locate and put into play a rigorous writing program.
Purchased individually by grade level, the entire Core of Writing series is available at
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Getting to the Core of Writing Series
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"We all know the importance of reading aloud to our children, but beyond that, how do kids really learn to read? Why should you jump-start the process before formal instruction in school begins? How do drawing and early writing fit into the literacy picture, and what can you do to encourage them? How can you recognize and intervene if your child's literacy skills are not developing normally?
In this empowering guide, Dr. J. Richard Gentry describes how to teach reading before your child enters kindergarten and how to monitor progress once your child is in school. He offers parents an easy-to-understand program outlining the five phases of kids' literacy development, with age- and stage-appropriate activities that make reading and writing fun. Raising Confident Readers is essential reading for every parent who wants their child to succeed in school and be a lifelong learner."
Paperback, 256 pages, ISBN: 0738213977 (July 2010)
"A classroom-based, child-centered assessment for tracking step-by-step progress in reading, writing, and spelling with reproducible assessment forms. Drawing on major new insights in brain research, Gentry shows how reading and writing develop in five phases-children progress from no knowledge of the alphabet to an understanding of phonics chunks-providing a blueprint for instruction. Once you understand a child's phase of development, you know exactly what kind of instruction they need to move forward. The assessment guide and DVD show you how to easily identify a child's phase of development, set reasonable expectations for growth, and select from the instructional techniques Gentry provides to best help every student become a successful reader and writer." (Scholastic.com)
Paperback, 64 pages, includes a DVD (57 minutes)
"Drawing on major new insights in brain research, Gentry shows how reading and writing develop in five phases-from operations with no letter knowledge to understanding of phonics chunks-that provide the blueprint for instructional approaches. The book enables teachers to identify a child's phase of development, set reasonable expectations for growth, and select the methods that will move each child forward." --Scholastic.com
Paperback, 128 pages, includes a DVD (57 minutes)
"Richard Gentry understands what every teacher knows about early literacy assessment: that to be useful, an assessment instrument must reveal more than how well a student is reading or writing-it's got to show what instructional direction the results indicate. Literacy develops in five recognizable phases, progressing predictably from one stage to the next, but many assessment systems aren't sensitive enough to recognize which phase a child has reached, nor sophisticated enough to offer ideas on how to move ahead. So Gentry created a kit to demonstrate an efficient, easy, and accurate way to see students' literacy development with new eyes and unrivaled clarity. His method works, and the information it gives you will support a differentiated vision of every student's progress toward literacy.
The Monster Test is a "thumbprint" test that can help you accurately identify a child's level of early literacy development in reading, writing, and spelling." Heinemann.com
Paperback, 80 pages, includes a DVD (February 2007)
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"In his most important book to date, Gentry combines cutting-edge, brain-based research with sound classroom knowledge to explore early literacy development. Starting with the crucial interrelationship of reading and writing, he looks inside and out at the minds of emerging readers to find out how they construct the idea and process of reading. Then he presents a blueprint for instruction and early intervention that combines his new findings with best-practice teaching. His comprehensive instructional model focuses on building the specific skills, capacities, and experiences kids need by teaching them to write as they learn to read. Gentry gives you everything you need to implement successful beginning reading strategies as well as a variety of effective tips for supporting readers and writers throughout the primary grades."--Heinemann.com
Paperback, 208 pages (January 2006)
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"Once again, Richard Gentry revolutionizes how you think about spelling instruction. The Science of Spelling breaks down preconceptions and misconceptions about how kids learn to spell, making startling new connections between orthography and literacy. Think that reading builds strong spellers? Through up-to-the-moment research, Gentry reveals that the opposite is true, that children use early spelling cognition to break the reading code. In fact, you'll discover that spelling is no longer a sidebar of writing and revision instruction, but a crucial strategy for teaching every aspect of literacy to all readers and writers." --Heinemann.com
Paperback, 176 pages (September 2004)
How many books should your students read during their fourth-grade year? What should fifth-grade writing look like and how should it differ from fourth-grade or sixth grade writing? Is there one best way to teach spelling.
The Literacy Map: Guiding Children to Where They Need to Be (4-6) answers each of these questions and more in this clear, practical research-based synthesis of the best teaching practices in fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. J. Richard Gentry, Ph.D. offers efficient measures to assure that your students' literacy journeys to the next grade are successful.
Paperback, 204 pages (April 2002)
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What if you only had to ask 37 or fewer questions to establish a map --a literacy map-- to accurately assess your students' literacy competencies? What if these questions could be answered quickly and easily by both looking at your students' writings and observing students in classroom activity? The criteria for balanced literacy development for grades K-3 are mapped out in this guide for teachers. It includes end-of-year benchmarks for students in kindergarten through the third grade, and provides accessible and practical measures to assure that students are ready for success at the next grade level.
"Richard Gentry's Literacy Map is a concise guide for the teaching of reading and writing in the primary classroom. He has included many excellent literacy assessments followed by clear examples of what to do with the results of these assessments. All his recommended teaching practices are easy to implement, require few "extra" materials, and are not program-specific. The book is divided by grade level, making it easy to locate what is appropriate for the reader's grade level. Gentry makes a clear case for the reciprocity of reading and writing, as well as acknowledging the importance of using assessment to guide instruction."--Amazon.com
Paperback, 174 pages (August 1999)
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"My Kid Can't Spell is a readable and accessible handbook for parents who want to play a more active role in their children's reading, writing, and spelling development. Spelling, after all, impacts virtually every aspect of reading and writing, and it is the key to unlocking literacy. But helping your child with spelling can be confusing. When is the right time to correct misspelled words? How can you help your child move to the next level of development? What are the important underlying concepts to reinforce?"--Heinemann.com
"There are plenty of books on spelling instruction for teachers, but what about parents who want to play a more active role in their children's education? In this book Richard Gentry offers timely and practical guidance that every parent can use."--Amazon.com
Paperback, 100 pages (December 1996)
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Spel . . . is a Four-Letter Word
In his first book, Richard Gentry shares his personal story of how he became interested in finding out how people learn to spell. Using personal experiences with some of his students, Gentry examines common myths about spelling. Spel... is a Four-Letter Word laid the foundation of the Gentry theory on spelling, writing, and reading. He concludes that spelling need not be "offensive to children", but can and should be a fun learning experience.
"Often spelling is taught in a way offensive to children, which creates a set of false dichotomies that prejudice them against spelling. Spel... Is a Four-Letter Word is devoted to helping teachers and parents to teach spelling as part of the reading-writing process." --Heinemann.com
"When you have an hour, why not read this book? It's well written and interesting and certainly has an important message for primary teachers." --Amazon.com
Paperback, 56 pages (December 1987)
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