Now in its sixth edition,Literacy Development in the Early Yearsemphasizes both constructivist and explicit strategies for teaching literacy to young children within an integrated language arts approach. Renowned author Lesley Morrow explores literacy development as an active process between children and adults to create meaning and purpose. This Sixth Edition embraces integrated language arts and an interdisciplinary approach to literacy development as it addresses developing writing, reading, and oral language at home and in the school curriculum. This edition spends more time with strategies for preschool literacy and skill development in grades Pre-K through three. This edition also offers expanded coverage in the assessment chapter, which emphasizes the importance of assessment-guided instruction. In addition, differentiation of instruction has been given a high priority, and considerable attention has been paid to dealing with children from diverse backgrounds. New to the Sixth Edition The book's introduction includes acase study illustrating exemplary teachingof the language arts in an early childhood classroom. Forty-eight new pages of classroom activitiesrelated to each chapter at the end of the book. The pages are perforated for students to remove or photocopy. A new Integrated Language Arts Unitin the Appendix, called "Animals Around the World," with a strong multicultural theme. Moreextensive coverage of issues concerning English Language Learnershas been included throughout the text. Continuedemphasis on research of early literacy development, including findings from the National Reading Panel, National Early Literacy Panel, Preventing Reading Difficulties, Reading First, The Rand Report, and the implications of the No Child Left Behind legislation. Outstanding Endorsements forThe Literacy Development in the Early Years, 6/e! "The chapter on classroom organization is thorough, specific, and probably the best I have seen." -Audrey M. Quinlan,SetonHill University "I find it to be user-friendly for both me and the students and, generally, comprehensive in all major areas of literacy instruction." -Wanda Calvert,ClemsonUniversity "The fact that the author included snippets from real teachers and real lesson plans is helpful and illustrates many of the author's points. It makes the text seem authentic and helps build the bridge between theory and practice." -Jan Nagler,Mass Medical SocietyMorrow, Lesley Mandel is the author of 'Literacy Development in the Early Years: Helping Children Read and Write', published 2008 under ISBN 9780205593255 and ISBN 0205593259.