The text presents an integrated approach to teaching reading and writing using the most current philosophy available on language acquisition, the writing process, and literature-based instruction. It addresses the challenge of providing a language arts program that bridges traditional instruction and thematic, whole language instruction. The text combines reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing. Skills are integrated into the overall program. With its practical and detailed examples of activities, lessons, and checklists, the text also serves as a useful resource guide for teachers.