Teaching Children Who Find Reading Difficult

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/17/2009
  • Publisher: Pearson

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InTeaching Children Who Find Reading Difficult, celebrated authors Tim Rasinski and Nancy Padak, join literacy expert Gay Fawcett to present teachers with a research-based instrucational approach to teaching struggling readers. Drawing on current IDEA's Responsiveness to Intervention (RTI) model, the authors group user-friendly strategies around key reading instruction areas: phonemic awareness, decoding, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension--to show teachers how to organize intervention for diverse classroom settings, including classrooms with English learners and students with disabilities. Teachers will learn how to combine and adapt strategies that meet individual student needs within their reading and writing curriculum and transform students into strong, independent readers.

Author Biography

Dr. Timothy Rasinski is a professor of education in the department of teaching, leadership, and curriculum studies at Kent State University, as well as an editor for the Journal of Literacy Research. His books include From Phonics to Fluency and the Evidence Based Instruction in Reading series.


Nancy Padak, a past College Reading Association President, is a Distinguished Professor of Education at Kent State University, where she directs the Reading and Writing Center and teaches graduate courses in literacy education. She has worked in both middle and high schools and is the co-author of From Phonics to Fluency and the Evidence Based Instruction in Reading series.


Gay Fawcett has been in education for 35 years as a teacher, principal, language arts consultant, and curriculum director.  She also directed Kent State University’s Research Center for Educational Technology.  She is currently an independent consultant.  She has authored and/or co-authored more than 80 articles, books, and book chapters for educational publications including the Kappan, Educational Leadership, Language Arts, The Reading Teacher, and others.  She also served with Rasinski and Padak as an associate editor of The Reading Teacher.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents for Teaching Children Who Find Reading Difficult


Chapter 1-Setting the Stage for Helping Struggling Readers

Chapter 2-Determining Instructional Needs: Assessing Readers in Action

Chapter 3- Creating an Instructional Framework

Chapter 4- Developing Positive Attitudes About Reading

Chapter 5- Preventing Reading Problems Through Early Literacy Experiences

Chapter 6- Overcoming Difficulties in Word Recognition

Chapter 7- Developing Fluent Reading in Struggling Readers

Chapter 8- Building Deep and Wide Vocabularies in Struggling Readers

Chapter 9- Developing Comprehension with Narrative Text

Chapter 10- Developing Comprehension with Informational Text

Chapter 11- Writing Development

Chapter 12-Putting It All Together: Developing Instructional Systems and Routines That Work for Students who Struggle in Reading

Chapter 13- Involving Parents in Children’s Reading

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