This text combines a research-based approach to reading instruction with the theories, issues, and strategies most relevant to prospective middle-school teachers. The authors promote a balanced approach to literacy instruction that includes active learning, cooperative learning, and critical-thinking strategies. These strategies and their applications empower teachers to become key decision makers in their students' literacy programs.Key topics include strategies for teaching literacy through technology, working with diverse learners, standards and assessment, the use of literature in literacy instruction, and the role parents and community members play in student success. Three boxed features help teachers connect theory to practice: "Model Activities" provide detailed instructions for classroom activities; "Classroom Scenarios" serve as case studies for teacher/student interactions; and "Focus on Strategies" boxes highlight the benefits and challenges of various teaching methods.End-of-chapter material includes "Test Yourself" questions that allow students to apply their comprehension skills. "For Your Journal" and "For Your Portfolio" features also help students evaluate and implement key chapter concepts as they prepare for teaching careers.Smith, Sandy H. is the author of 'Teaching Reading In Today's Middle Schools', published 2004 under ISBN 9780618345854 and ISBN 061834585X.