Whether you are an educator already teaching whole language but looking for fresh insights, or exploring whole language for the first time, "Whole Language: Practical Ideas" is for you. This book features down-to-earth classroom suggestions for both shared and independent reading and writing, and places a special emphasis on evaluation strategies that will prove of value to all teachers. Charts and personal teaching examples enliven the text, demonstrating whole language in action. While the authors work from a solid basis of recent research in education, their emphasis throughout is on its practical application in the classroom. It has professional references.