Differentiated Reading Instruction in Grades 4 and 5

Strategies and Resources

Sharon Walpole, Michael C. McKenna, and Zoi A. Philippakos

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April 27, 2011
ISBN 9781609182168
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290 Pages
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A new edition will be published October 25, 2019.
Read a Q & A with Sharon Walpole, our April Author of the Month!
“This book is fantastic! I have been looking for an effective guide to differentiating reading instruction, but there was nothing on the market that met my needs—until now. By addressing the real-world concerns of fourth- and fifth-grade teachers, the authors fill an important void. Their model for differentiation is considerate of upper elementary curriculum demands; it incorporates differentiation for every student (even talented readers); and it includes a frank discussion of the gap between struggling students' achievement and state standards.”

—Judy Mullins, MEd, fifth-grade teacher, Lone Oak Elementary School, Spartanburg, South Carolina


“Practical and easily understood, this book provides specific, ready-to-implement suggestions for teachers who are ready to increase student achievement. It describes instructional practices and scheduling strategies that target all students' needs and build their abilities and engagement with texts. The authors take an honest look at difficulties that may arise and help teachers become more comfortable with taking much-needed risks in assessment and instruction.”

—Melodie D. Fulcher, MEd, K-12 literacy specialist, Effingham County (Georgia) schools


“This book looks closely—quite literally, minute by minute—at intermediate-level reading instruction, offering the best synthesis to date of research and its implications for practice. The authors present strategies, activities, organizational tools, and resources in an explicit, practical, and compelling manner. Novice and more experienced intermediate educators alike will find this an indispensable guide to effective and thoughtful differentiated reading instruction.”

—Shane Templeton, PhD, Department of Educational Specialties, University of Nevada, Reno


“There is a great deal of confusion about what counts as effective differentiated instruction in our era of high-stakes reform. This book offers grounded guidelines that extend the authors' successful K-3 model into the upper elementary grades. Writing in a style that is accessible to teachers, instructional coaches, administrators, and graduate students, the authors address the need for all students to meet or exceed grade-level standards. Most impressive is how the book walks the reader through the design of the model, provides rich examples, and supplies all the tools needed to get started.”

—Linda D. Labbo, PhD, Department of Language and Literacy Education (Emeritus), University of Georgia
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