NZ 978-0-868632-79-7

USA 978-0-325074-42-9

Becoming Literate

The Construction of Inner Control

Written by Marie M. Clay

Children are taught about stories, words, letters and sounds in many different programmes in their first years of literacy instruction. In this book, Marie Clay argues that underlying the progress of successful children there is another level of competencies being learned. Successful readers show a gradual control over how a reader or writer can work with print even though they learn in very different programmes. This inner strategic control is what failing readers do not seem to build.

This research based account of the changes that occur as children begin to engage with formal literacy instruction is essential reading for all teachers of young literacy learners. Marie Clay does not prescribe particular instructional methods or sequences but urges teachers to base their teaching decisions on careful observation of individual children's reading and writing behaviors.

softcover > 152 mm x 230 mm

376 pages