Literacy for the 21st Century: Balancing Reading and Writing Instruction, 8th edition

  • Gail E. Tompkins, 
  • Emily Rodgers, 
  • Adrian Rodgers

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Literacy for the 21st Century explores teaching reading and writing with a balance of theory and applications. It integrates what we know about teaching reading and writing with ideas that drive the future. It provides the balance of pedagogy and application that you need to be successful as a teacher. The text illustrates how to teach skills and supports digital teaching and learning. There is emphasis on knowledge teacher's need to ensure their students meet grade-level standards.

The 8th Edition welcomes new coauthors, skilled teacher educators Emily Rodgers and Adrian Rodgers. Content has been reorganized and updated to better support teaching and learning. It includes 2 new reading and writing chapters, a new standalone chapter on spelling and more.

Published by Pearson (April 20th 2021) - Copyright © 2022

ISBN-13: 9780135893555

Subject: Reading & Literacy

Category: Literacy Methods (K-8)


Brief Contents


  1. Becoming an Effective Literacy Teacher
  2. Examining Students’ Literacy Development
  3. Assessing Students’ Literacy Development


  1. Cracking the Alphabetic Code
  2. Developing Fluent Readers and Writers
  3. Learning to Spell
  4. Expanding Academic Vocabulary
  5. Teaching Comprehension: Reader Factors
  6. Teaching Comprehension: Text Factors


  1. Scaffolding Students’ Reading Development
  2. Scaffolding Students’ Writing Development
  3. Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum


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