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Citation: Allyn, Pam. (2007). The Complete 4 for Literacy: How to Teach Reading and Writing Through Daily Lessons, Monthly Units and Yearlong Calendars. New York, NY: Scholastic.


Title: The Complete 4 for Literacy: How to Teach Reading and Writing Through Daily Lessons, Monthly Units and Yearlong Calendars
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Year: 2007
Publisher: Scholastic
City: New York, NY
Medium: Book
Author(s): Allyn, Pam
Grades: Kindergarten to Fifth Grade
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Annotation: This introductory book describes a year in the teaching of reading and writing, followed by a detailed description of one particular unit. The last chapter portrays “A Day in the Teaching of Reading and Writing.” Reading this book will be well worth your effort if you are searching for some guidance in literacy curriculum development. Chapter Four in Pam Allyn’s book, The Complete 4, has grade-level charts in color that outlines a unit of study for both reading and writing for each month, from September through June. She provides sample calendars (two different ones for each grade level), which could become your curriculum guide for teaching literacy. Based on her experience at The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and a strong foundation in reading/writing workshop, Pam writes: “Teaching inside units of study helps you to organize your thinking and maximize your teaching time” (p. 23). In addition to the monthly units of study, she provides lists of specific minilessons, linked to four components (process, genre, strategy, and conventions).

For instance, third grade might begin in September with the unit about “Setting Personal Writing Goals” (process). In November, the class would focus on “Nonfiction Wonderings” (genre). Students would work on “Rereading and Revising for Audience” for a week in March, then study “Parts of Speech (specifically verbs and adjectives)” for a week in April (conventions).