Supporting Struggling Readers and Writers: Strategies for Classroom Intervention, 3-6

Supporting Struggling Readers and Writers: Strategies for Classroom Intervention, 3-6

Supporting Struggling Readers and Writers: Strategies for Classroom Intervention, 3-6

Supporting Struggling Readers and Writers: Strategies for Classroom Intervention, 3-6

Synopsis

For most students, the intermediate years provide the last opportunity to prevent continued failure in reading and writing. These years are a critical bridge to the middle grades where the tendency is to be less personalized and focused on individual needs. Supporting Struggling Readers and Writers provides teachers, administrators, and staff developers with the best research-based practice on the literacy learning and teaching of low-achieving intermediate students.

Drawing on a combined forty years of classroom teaching experience, the authors explore the factors that contribute to success and failure in literacy and provide systematic and ongoing approaches for helping students who are most at risk. You will find:

  • effective teaching practices for all the key aspects of literacy instruction that can be realistically implemented in the context of the classroom teacher's many demands;
  • recommendations for motivating low-achieving students;
  • suggestions for working with English Language Learners;
  • strategies for small-group instruction, word study, reading comprehension, and writing;
  • clear descriptions and numerous vignettes that illustrate teaching practices in action;
  • an emphasis on differentiated instruction, and ideas for integrating interventions for struggling students with regular classroom instruction;
  • ways of helping students perform better on standardized tests.

The extensive Strategy Bank provides over twenty step-by-step practices, each with three sections: What It Does, How to Do It, and What to Look For. The Resources section provides extensive lists of children's books and sources of books, organized by purpose.

Supporting Struggling Readers and Writers will help you improve the reading and writing development of the most perplexing and needy children in your classroom.

Excerpt

This book is intended to offer the best research-based practice on the literacy learning and teaching of low-achieving students. It grows out of our observations and discussions with teachers who are frustrated by youngsters who lag far behind the expectations for intermediate-grade work and by their feelings of inadequacy as they attempt to address students' needs.

All three of us work with teachers and administrators on a regular basis and understand teachers' concerns, having been classroom teachers ourselves for more than forty years. Dorothy and Kathy are teacher educators and researchers at universities. Joanne is a curriculum director and teacher educator.

Because each of us works regularly with teachers, administrators, and students in a variety of school settings, we are aware that literacy problems of intermediate-grade youngsters are a common and growing issue. Several factors may account for this: (1) recent emphasis on early intervention and beginning reading may have caused some to assume that all children would automatically be ready to do the more content-focused work of the middle grades; (2) overreliance on remedial programs such as Title I and Basic Skills may have resulted in their misuse as a replacement for regular classroom instruction rather than as a supplement to it; and (3) even the most successful supplementary programs require strong classroom support and intervention, which some teachers may not be trained to provide. We further believe that for most students the intermediate years provide the last opportunity to address the prevention of continued failure in reading and writing. These years are a critical bridge to middle school, where the tendency is to be less personalized and focused on individual needs. We start by centering on grade 3 in the belief that this is a turning point in the content standards, expectations, and instruction that link to grades 4 through 6. We would add that the instructional approaches and strategies we offer are suited to many students in middle school as well.

This book is intended for preservice and inservice teachers and administrators. Our goal is to provide a guide to a systematic and ongoing . . .

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