Books by Theme
Assessing Reading: Multiple Measures
This 2018 revised edition provides a collection of tests for the comprehensive assessment of skills related to reading. These assessments can help teachers identify why a student is having reading difficulty and determine what the next step in instruction should be to remediate that difficulty. The assessments are intended to assist the teacher in determining the instructional needs of all students and in monitoring progress throughout the course of instruction
Bringing Words to Life, Second Edition: Robust Vocabulary Instruction
A practical guide to help K–12 students enlarge their vocabulary and get involved in noticing, understanding, and using new words. Grounded in research, the book explains how to select words for instruction, introduce their meanings, and create engaging learning activities that promote both word knowledge and reading comprehension. This updated edition includes chapters on vocabulary and writing; assessment; and differentiating instruction for struggling readers and English language learners, including coverage of response to intervention (RTI). There are also expanded discussions of content-area vocabulary and multiple-meaning words.
Early Childhood Literacy: The National Early Literacy Panel and Beyond
What are today's best practices in early literacy instruction — and what should schools and programs focus on in the near future? More than 20 experts in early literacy research explore the answers in this essential volume for program directors, administrators, and curriculum developers. Using the landmark National Early Literacy Panel (NELP) Report as a starting point, this accessible book breaks the report down into key takeaways, recommends future directions in policy and practice, and tackles emerging issues and new research not addressed in the NELP report.
Equipped for Reading Success
A comprehensive, step-by-step program for developing phonemic awareness and fluent word recognition.
Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties
A practical, accessible, in-depth guide to reading assessment and intervention. It provides a detailed discussion of the nature and causes of reading difficulties, which will help develop the knowledge and confidence needed to accurately assess why a student is struggling. Readers will learn a framework for organizing testing results from current assessment batteries. Case studies illustrate each of the concepts covered. A thorough discussion is provided on the assessment of phonics skills, phonological awareness, word recognition, reading fluency, and reading comprehension.
Knowledge to Support the Teaching of Reading
Basic reading proficiency is key to success in all content areas, but attending to students’ literacy development remains a challenge for many teachers, especially after the primary grades. This book presents recommendations for the essential knowledge about the development, acquisition, and teaching of language and literacy skills that teachers need to master and use.
Literacy Foundations for English Learners
This accessible book will give teachers the knowledge base they need to help English learners develop strong literacy skills and achieve academic success. Aligned with IDA's Knowledge and Practice Standards, this book prepares current and future educators to teach English learners the key components of language and literacy, as first described in the National Literacy Panel report.
Literacy Learning for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
Birth to age 5 is a critical period in building the foundation for later success in reading and writing. Educators play a vital role in nurturing young children’s early language and literacy knowledge and skills. However, the specific practices that support literacy development in early childhood are often different than those used with older children. The authors discuss how educators can support five important areas of young children’s early literacy development: language and knowledge; print concepts; sounds and letters; writing; and text comprehension.
Making Sense of Interventions for Children with Developmental Disorders: A Guide for Parents and Professionals
The authors discuss the non-evidence-based interventions that proliferate in the fields of children’s speech, language, literacy, attention, cognition, working memory, and behavior. They explore the science — or lack thereof — behind the interventions and suggest evidence-based alternatives that enjoy stronger scientific support. Written in lively, readable language, the book provides clear descriptions of each intervention and the populations to whom they are marketed; reasoned explanations of why the intervention should be approached with caution or rejected outright; and suggestions for interventions with proper scientific support, suitable for the children in question.
Overcoming Dyslexia (2020 Edition)
From one of the preeminent experts on reading and dyslexia, the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and practical book available on identifying, understanding, and overcoming reading problems — now revised to reflect the latest research and evidence-based approaches. Extensively updated information on helping both dyslexic children and adults become better readers, with a detailed home program to enhance reading.
Reading Assessment: Linking Language, Literacy, and Cognition
Written from a strengths-based perspective, the author explores the theoretical underpinnings of reading, language, and literacy and provides detailed information on the wide range of reading inventories and standardized tests that may be used in a reading psychoeducational assessment. With a focus on how to craft professional evaluation reports that illuminate a student's strengths ― not just weaknesses ― that enables school psychologists and diagnosticians, reading specialists, and special education professionals to conduct evaluations and develop effective interdisciplinary remedial recommendations and interventions.
An accessible resource to help teachers understand the complex, essential, and often misunderstood skill of reading fluency. The book defines the complex skill of reading fluency, presents an overview of current research, offers practical guidance for assessing and developing students fluency, and includes specific skill-development activities In the companion Professional Learning Guide for Leaders, classroom teachers, specialists, and instructional leaders can go deeper into professional study using the tools provided.
Reading for Life
This accessible guide bridges the gap between research and practice, translating academic findings into practical suggestions and ready-to-use techniques. It helps educational practitioners make informed decisions about which teaching methods to reject and select, and empowers parents to ask the right questions of professionals and policymakers. This book is a timely exploration of poor teaching methods and is an innovative, fresh assessment of how high-quality literacy teaching can be provided for all.
Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers, Second Edition
The new edition of this bestselling text helps elementary educators grasp the structure of written and spoken English, understand how children learn to read, and apply this foundational knowledge as they deliver explicit, high-quality literacy instruction. You'll find expanded information on the critical elements of language, including orthography, morphology, phonetics, phonology, semantics, and syntax. See also: Speech to Print Workbook: Language Exercises for Teachers, Second Edition.
Spelling for Life
There is a myth that English spelling is unnecessarily complex. It is spread by those who don’t understand the writing system. Using a synthesis of theory, research, and teaching experience, the fascinating nature of English spelling is systematically teased out. The examples and exercises offer an encouraging, accessible way to implement the program of study and strive to reveal the beauty of spelling. Aided by example lessons, formative assessments and unique tools, this highly acclaimed overview of spelling succeed in developing theory and practice in the writing system for teacher and student alike.
Structured Literacy Interventions Teaching Students with Reading Difficulties, Grades K-6
Comprehensive and evidence-based, Structured Literacy (SL) approaches place a high value on explicit, systematic, and sequential instruction. This book brings together leading experts on key components of literacy to help K–6 teachers design and target SL interventions for particular student profiles. Chapters identify effective features of instruction for supporting phonological awareness, basic and multisyllabic word decoding, spelling, reading fluency, vocabulary, oral and reading comprehension, and written expression, especially for at-risk readers and those with disabilities.
Teaching Reading Sourcebook: Third Edition
This updated edition supports educators in bridging the gap between evidence-based reading research and actionable instructional strategies. Organized according to the elements of explicit instruction (what? why? when? and how?), the Sourcebook includes both a research-informed knowledge base and practical sample lesson models. It teaches the key elements of an effective reading program, based on the science of reading — phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary development, fluency, and comprehension — in a practical hands-on teacher’s guide. The third edition also includes a chapter on reading instruction within a MTSS framework.
Teaching Students with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, OWL LD, and Dyscalculia
How can teachers provide effective instruction for students with learning disabilities while meeting the needs of all students? The second edition of this accessible text gives K–12 educators research-based answers. The book covers all four learning disabilities that require differentiated instruction — dysgraphia, dyslexia, dyscalculia, and oral and written language learning disability. It helps prepare educators to deliver explicit and engaging instruction customized to the needs of their students. Critical insights from diverse fields blend with lessons learned from actual teaching experience, making this both a preservice text and an in-service professional development tool.
The Art and Science of Teaching Primary Reading
A guide to the science behind reading and its practical implications for classroom teaching in primary schools. The book explores the key technical and practical aspects of how children read with strong links to theory and how to translate this into the classroom. Bite-size chapters offer accessible research-informed ideas across all major key topics including phonics, comprehension, teaching children with reading difficulties and strategies for the classroom.
The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners
Today's classroom is more diverse, more inclusive, and more plugged into technology than ever before. And it's led by teachers under enormous pressure to help decidedly unstandardized students meet an expanding set of rigorous, standardized learning targets. In this updated second edition of her best-selling work, Tomlinson offers these teachers a powerful and practical way to meet a challenge that is both very modern and completely timeless: how to divide their time, resources, and efforts to effectively instruct so many students of various backgrounds, readiness and skill levels, and interests.
The Fluent Reader: Oral and Silent Reading Strategies for Building Fluency, Word Recognition and Comprehension
This 2020 update of Rasinski's groundbreaking book includes coverage of the latest research on fluency, teaching strategies based on that research, new classroom vignettes, and suggestions for using a variety of texts to teach fluency such as poetry, speeches, and monologues and dialogues. You'll also find background information, assessment tools, step-by-step lessons, and teaching tips — plus video clips showing the strategies in action.
The Knowledge Gap
Cognitive scientists have known for decades that the most important factor in comprehension isn’t a set of generally applicable skills; it’s how much background knowledge the reader has about the topic. And yet, in most American elementary schools, teachers are not given the training and support they need to provide deep, rich content — about history, social studies, science, language and the world around them. In this book, education journalist makes the case for bringing content knowledge back into classrooms.
The Power of RTI and Reading Profiles: A Blueprint for Solving Reading Problems
Learn why RTI is today's best approach for preventing reading difficulties. For practitioners, the book provides a complete, evidence-based blueprint for using RTI and reading profiles in tandem to plan effective core literacy instruction and help struggling readers in Grades K-6, whether they have disabilities or issues related to experience (e.g., ELLs, children from poverty backgrounds). For researchers and policymakers, the book describes ways to help ensure higher reading achievement for every student, including improvements in core reading instruction, use of RTI practices and the Common Core State Standards, and teacher preparation.
The Reading Comprehension Blueprint
This book offers teachers a complete framework for organizing instruction, aligned with the language comprehension strands of Scarborough's Reading Rope. In-depth chapters are devoted to each facet of reading comprehension, including vocabulary, syntax and sentence comprehension, text structures, background knowledge, and levels of understanding and inference. Educators will also find practical guidance and tools for planning their units and lessons, adapting to the needs of individual students, and assessing student progress.
The Science of Reading: A Handbook
A multidisciplinary overview of contemporary knowledge about reading and related skills. The book provides comprehensive coverage of the subject, including theoretical approaches, reading processes, stage models of reading, cross-linguistic studies of reading, reading difficulties, the biology of reading, and reading instruction. Sections include: Word Recognition Processes in Reading; Learning to Read and Spell; Reading Comprehension; Reading in Different Languages; Disorders of Reading and Spelling; Biological Bases of Reading; and Teaching Reading.
Why Knowledge Matters
Hirsch draws on recent findings in neuroscience and data to provide new evidence for the argument that a carefully planned, knowledge-based elementary curriculum is essential to providing the foundations for children’s life success and ensuring equal opportunity for students of all backgrounds. In the absence of a clear, common curriculum, Hirsch contends that tests are reduced to measuring skills rather than content, and that students from disadvantaged backgrounds cannot develop the knowledge base to support high achievement.
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