Much has been written about the merits of changing the direction of
language arts education and moving away from skill-oriented basal
texts and worksheets into literature-based whole language programs.
Little has been offered to teachers who are not fully satisfied
with their present reading-writing programs but who lack the
confidence to make a change. In this book Regie Routman attempts to
provide support, encouragement, and ideas to teachers looking for
Drawing from her own experience, she describes an existing
program that has worked well for students and teachers and offers
suggestions of how any elementary classroom can benefit from the
transition from standardized texts to literature. The material she
presents is designed to demonstrate the alternatives available, to
stimulate thinking, and to give teachers, parents, and
administrators the knowledge and procedures that are necessary to
make a change.
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