We all can probably recall several influential teachers in our lives during our K-12 years, We can probably recall their names, the grade, and even the subject matter. These teachers vividly live in our memories. This book's central purpose is to assist readers in becoming influential literacy teachers as they play a critical role in developing the literacy skills of their students. The ideas and teaching strategies presented in this book are clearly developed to actively involve teachers in understanding and thinking about children's reading and writing development. Information is derived from the latest theory and research on reading and language development. Central to the book is the real world classroom, thus theory and research are applied to literacy teaching through examples, strategies, and illustrations. Topics include: becoming an influential teachers, understanding the writing and reading process, building vocabulary and comprehension connections, using literature and reader response, and more.Ruddell, Robert B. is the author of 'Teaching Children to Read+write (cloth)' with ISBN 9780205137886 and ISBN 0205137881.