This book is a how-to manual for teachers working with struggling readers. The book's instructional model can be used with students from the pre-reading level through the secondary level. It is written in an easy-to-understand language, and the methods and strategies described are all evidence-based and/or identified as best practices in the field. It also includes information about electronic reading, since many of today's students read electronic (i.e., internet, e-mail) literature. The book is based on a three-legged model for specialized reading instruction for hard-to-teach students. The three legs are 1) the skill areas of reading that must be taught, 2) the six stages of reading that students pass through to attain adult literacy, and 3) the strategic explicit teaching (SET) methods to use with students. The model is unique because it acknowledges that reading skills are not developed in isolation and presents an integrated plan for teaching reading, language, and cognitive processing skills. Appendices include a glossary, a list of reading proficiency tests, a list of programs and games for teaching reading, and a reading record form to use with students.
Esther Minskoff, Ph.D., has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in learning disabilities at James Madison University since 1975. She has served as Project Director for two federally funded grants Steppingstones of Technology Innovations and a Model Demonstration Postsecondary Education Project. She has published extensively in journals and is the co-author of the Phonics Remedial Reading Lessons (co-authored with S.A. Kirk & W.D. Kirk, Academic Therapy Publications, 1985). Dr. Minskoff served as President of the Division for Learning Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children and was a member of the Professional Advisory Board of the Learning Disabilities Association of America. "
Introduction; A Three legged Instructional; Model for Teaching Reading to Hard-to-teach Students; S.E.T. - Strategic, Explicit Teaching of Reading; Building a Solid Foundation - Teaching Pre-reading Skills; Breaking the Code - Teaching Phonics Skills; Reading the Big Words - Teaching Structural Analysis Skills; Reading Words that Cannot Be Decoded - Teaching Visual Analysis Skills; Developing Speed and Accuracy - Teaching Fluency Skills; Teaching Reading Comprehension: The Basic Approach; Teaching Reading Comprehension and Language Skills; Teaching Reading Comprehension and Cognitive Processing; Teaching Reading Comprehension with Different Types of Text Structures; Assessing Reading Skills to Plan and Evaluate Reading Instruction; References; Appendices