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Citation: Cambourne, Brian. (1993). The Whole Story: Natural Learning and the Acquisition of Literacy in the Classroom. New York, NY: Scholastic.


Title: The Whole Story: Natural Learning and the Acquisition of Literacy in the Classroom
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Year: 1993
Publisher: Scholastic
City: New York, NY
Medium: Book
Author(s): Cambourne, Brian
Grades: Kindergarten to Fifth Grade
Category: Getting to the Essence of Learning and Teaching Promoting Student Talk Creating Student-Centered Classrooms
Annotation: Brian Cambourne states at the beginning of his book that “literacy is a word which describes a whole collection of behaviours, skills, knowledge, processes and attitudes. It has something to do with our ability to use language in our negotiations with the world” (p. 3). He then goes on to explore the seven conditions of learning (immersion, demonstration, expectation, responsibility, use, approximation, and response) which underlie any new learning. Based on his research into oral language acquisition, Brian posits that learning to read and write should be equally natural and barrier-free. He describes rich literacy environments and instruction through which we can help our students reach beyond functional reading and writing toward productive, critical and high-level literacy. Brian Cambourne’s conditions for learning are the foundation on which the gradual release model of learning is constructed, which in turn provides the framework and structure for a reading/writing workshop as described by Lucy Calkins, Donald Graves, Regie Routman, Irene Fountas, Gay Su Pinnell, and others.