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Reading To Learn: Lessons from Exemplary Fourth-Grade Classrooms

reviewed by Lynn Norton-Manna - 2003

coverTitle: Reading To Learn: Lessons from Exemplary Fourth-Grade Classrooms
Author(s): Richard L. Allington and Peter H. Johnson
Publisher: Guilford Press, New York
ISBN: 1572307625, Pages: 254, Year: 2002
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“Anything but Fourth Grade!”  A strong emphasis on testing preparation, lack of curriculum freedom, and the pressure to produce high test results have caused many teachers to write these words on their end of the year preference sheets requesting a teaching position for the upcoming school year.  The fourth grade post is now reserved for either the very confident or those who lack seniority.  Standardized tests weigh heavily on the minds of everyone involved in education from the administrators who must accept responsibility to the 10-year-olds who have “testing boot camp” for weeks or even months prior to the test dates.  For many children, daily instruction in the fourth grade consists of only test prep and math and begins and ends with reminders of what is at stake if they do not perform well enough.  The pressure is palpable. Reading to Learnoffers an encouraging glimpse into an alternative to the current test heavy approach to fourth grade instruction.  The authors begin the book by acknowledging the emphasis... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 7, 2003, p. 1200-1203
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11132, Date Accessed: 5/28/2020 3:37:55 PM

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  • Lynn Norton-Manna
    P.S. 197
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    LYNN NORTON-MANNA is currently balancing being a part time Literacy Staff Developer at P.S. 197 in Brooklyn and a full time mother to three small children. She has been a special education teacher for fifteen years and is particularly interested in literacy instruction in the elementary grades.
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