This widely adopted text and K8 practitioner resource demonstrates how successful literacy teachers combine explicit skills instruction with an emphasis on reading for meaning. Distinguished researcher Richard L Allington builds on the late Michael Pressley's work to explain the theories and findings that guide balanced teaching and illustrate what exemplary lessons look like in action. Detailed examples offer a window into highly motivating classrooms around the country. Comprehensive in scope, the book discusses specific ways to build word recognition, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension, especially for readers who are struggling. New to This Edition* Updated throughout to reflect important recent research advances.* Chapter summing up the past century's reading debates and the growing acceptance of balanced teaching.* New and revised vignettes of exemplary teachers.KEY POINTS* A bestseller since its initial release, now updated: includes a new chapter, new research, and updates throughout.* Pressley and Allington are both preeminent literacy scholars.* New chapter shows how balanced teaching unites both skills-emphasis and meaning-emphasis approaches.* Renowned authorship and integrative approach are among the qualities that make this a perennial favorite. AUDIENCETeacher educators and graduate students; reading and literacy specialists; K8 classroom teachers.COURSE USEServes as a text in such courses as Reading Methods, Elementary Literacy Instruction, Reading Diagnosis and Instruction, and Psychology of Reading.