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Teaching Reading to Struggling Learners


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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

About the Author

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.


"At last, teachers have an extremely comprehensive, helpful book on how to teach reading. . . . Dr. Minskoff has made it easy for teachers to be successful!"--Sally L. Smith"Founder and Executive Director, The Lab School of Washington" (01/01/2005)
"Will be embraced by any teacher who works with struggling readers . . . a must-have resource for improving outcomes for these students."--Donald D. Deshler, Ph.D."Center for Research on Learning, The University of Kansas" (01/01/2005)
"Teachers will find this text filled with ideas and activities they can immediately apply in the classroom."--Noel Gregg, Ph.D."Distinguished Research Professor, University of Georgia" (01/01/2005)
"I have decided to use [Teaching Reading to Struggling Learners] for my summer course . . .the book was well written!"--Stephanie Schunder"School of Continuing Studies, University of Richmond" (07/13/2007)
"A valuable resource . . . will help teachers with the challenging task of designing a "balanced" reading program that includes instruction in decoding, fluency, vocabulary development, and comprehension. I look forward to using [this] book in my undergraduate classes." --Melinda Rice, Ph.D.

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