What Really Matters for Middle School Readers From Research to Practice

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 1/14/2014
  • Publisher: Pearson

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The latest from well-known author and literacy expert Richard Allington is intended as the first step in preparing future teachers to provide early adolescents with high-quality literacy instruction. What Really Matters for Middle School Readers: From Research to Practice looks at the areas that struggling adolescents find most difficult—meaning, vocabulary, (especially for academic words), and inferential comprehension—and focuses on ways to foster accelerated growth. Dr. Allington stresses that through expanding the volume of high-success reading that students experience each day, as well as through the wide variety of additional classroom strategies and methodologies included in the text, middle school students can achieve a working literacy proficiency.

Author Biography

Dick Allington is professor of literacy studies at the University of Tennessee. He is past-president of the International Reading Association and the National Reading Conference (now the Literacy Research Association). His research has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institutes of Health. He has published over 150 scholarly papers and more than 10 books. His writing has been focused on translating research findings into educational practice.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents




Chapter 1: Reading development in grades 5 through 9: Problems and promise


Chapter 2: It’s not decoding that is the problem (but that is what most remediation targets)


Chapter 3: “It’s the words, man”: Limited meaning vocabulary and how to improve it


Chapter 4: Read more, read better: Addressing a major source of reading difficulties

Chapter 5: Reading with comprehension: Understanding understanding

Chapter 6: Literate conversation: A powerful but seldom used method for fostering understanding of complex texts

Chapter 7: Getting the gist of it all: Summarization after reading


Chapter 8: Pulling it all together: Effective instruction all day long


Appendix: Study Guide for What Really Matters for Middle School Readers

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