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The reading crisis [electronic resource] : why poor children fall behind / Jeanne S. Chall, Vicki A. Jacobs, Luke E. Baldwin.

Author/Creator:
Chall, Jeanne S. (Jeanne Sternlicht), 1921-1999.
Publication:
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1991.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (xv,191p. ) ill.
Edition:
1st Harvard University Press pbk. ed.
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Subjects:
Language arts (Elementary) -- United States -- Evaluation.
Reading (Elementary) -- United States -- Evaluation.
Underachievers -- United States -- Evaluation.
Children with social disabilities -- Education -- United States -- Evaluation.
Literacy -- United States -- Evaluation.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
Children from low-income backgrounds often experience "fourth-year slump", despite the fact that their cognitive abilities may be consistent with the norm. This book examines the causes of this disparity and outlines an active role for the schools in remedying weaknesses in literacy development.
How severe is the literacy gap in our schools? Why does the nine-year-old child from a culturally disadvantaged background so often fall victim to the fourth-grade slump? Although the cognitive abilities of these "children at risk" may be consistent with the norm, their literacy development lags far behind that of other children. In The Reading Crisis , the renowned reading specialist Jeanne Chall and her colleagues examine the causes of this disparity and suggest some remedies. Using Chall's widely applied model of reading development, the authors examine the strengths and weaknesses in the reading, writing, and language development of children from low-income families in an attempt to identify the onset of their difficulties. They show how, in the transition from learning the medium to understanding the message, the demands on children's reading skills become significantly more complex. The crucial point is fourth grade, when students confront texts containing unfamiliar words and ideas that are beyond the range of their own experience. According to Chall's findings, the lack of specific literacy skills--not cognitive factors--explains the deceleration in the reading and writing development of low-income children. The authors outline an active role for the schools in remedying weaknesses in literacy development, and give suggestions for the home and the community. Their recommendations address both practical issues in instruction and the teacher-student dynamic that fosters literacy development.
Contents:
Preface Acknowledgments 1. Literacy and Language among Low-Income Children 2. The Children, Their Schools, and Their Families 3. Reading Development 4. Writing Development 5. Language Development 6. Interrelations among Reading, Writing, and Language 7. Classroom Instruction and Literacy Environments 8. Home Influences on Literacy and Language 9. Influences on the Lower and Higher Grades 10. Where Do We Go from Here? Epilogue: Persistent Questions Appendix A: Samples of Narrative Writing Representing Average Holistic Ratings and Production: Students' Handwriting Appendix B: Samples of Expository Writing Representing Average Holistic Ratings and Production: Students' Handwriting References Index
Notes:
Originally published: 1990.
Bibliography: p176-183. - Includes index.
Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [176]-183) and index.
Contributor:
Jacobs, Vicki A.
Baldwin, Luke E.
ISBN:
0-674-02935-6
OCLC:
923116603
Publisher Number:
10.4159/9780674029354 doi