Professor Denise Johnson is a co-author of a new language arts textbook that in unique in that it is an enhanced ebook, Teaching the Language Arts: Forward Thinking in Today's Classrooms. The goal of is to help preservice teachers envision their future classrooms, including the role technology will play as they prepare to be effective teachers of the language arts. See book trailer.
The book's multimedia digital format represents a distinctive way to learn about teaching—combining traditional and electronic content, resources, and pedagogy to create a powerful, interactive experience that encourages active learning. Readers can explore a rich array of teaching tools and experiences, including an effective blend of classroom photographs (taken by the authors during school visits), student samples, podcast interviews with teachers and students, classroom videos, and online resources—all of which allow readers to learn from real-world classrooms. By having immediate access to these materials, readers won't have to look elsewhere to find additional information and instructors won't need to supplement the course text.
The book is organized around the language arts, with the receptive modes (reading, listening, viewing) and the expressive modes (writing, speaking, visually representing) grouped together. It also features a particular focus on assessment, consisting of an overview of the basic concepts and terminology, separate chapters on assessing the receptive and expressive modes, and additional discussions in the specific content chapters with links to the tools in the assessment chapters. Interwoven throughout book are discussions of constructivist theory, the gradual release of responsibility model, and the Common Core State Standards, thus providing readers with a solid foundation for their teaching practices.
This book's unique and engaging voice, supported by its multimedia approach, will help future and in-service teachers bring the language arts to life in their own classrooms.