Children develop their language abilities through meaningful interactions with people at story time, at meal times, during chores, while playing, and while at school. In the classroom, the teacher serves as a language model, providing opportunities for talking about ideas and demonstrating literacy. Constructing Meaning: Teaching the Language Arts K-8, Fifth Edition is founded in a commitment to helping educators expand learners' communication and identity options through multiliteracies, curriculum and pedagogies. Tailored for Canadian contexts, the book focuses on how multiple modes and media may be taught, learned, and valued by diverse student populations in ways that foster the critically reflective discernment of professional educators. Capitalizing on a strong Canadian research base complemented by international scholars, Constructing Meaning offers detailed understandings and illustrations of learners' reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and representing practices, grade-appropriate book lists, illustrations of teaching/learning in action, and wisdom from practicing educators.