Every child can be a reader... when you know how to help.
“Teachers will find the assessments, planning tools, and record-keeping templates particularly helpful in preventing reading difficulties and working with students who already have them.”
—Louise Standridge, Assistant Superintendent,
Rogers Public Schools, Rogers, Arkansas

"Looking back on my own teaching of remedial reading classes, I realize how much more effective my intervention would have been with a resource such as The Struggling Reader. Its conversational tone, applicability, and easy-to-use and varied assessments set it apart from other books in the field."

—MaryEllen Vogt,
California State University-Long Beach; Past President, International Reading Association (2004-2005)

Why do some students have difficulty learning to read while others don’t? Is it because they can’t decode the words? Lack background knowledge, vocabulary, or fluency? Need to learn comprehension strategies? This practical guide for elementary and middle school teachers provides a systematic, classroom-tested framework for:

  • Assessing students and diagnosing their needs
  • Teaching them based on findings
  • Providing practice opportunities
  • Allowing them to apply the material, and
  • Reassessing to determine whether more instruction, practice, and application are needed.

Covering the most important parts of literacy—oral language, phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and writing—the authors help you prevent reading difficulties through personalized, focused, assessment-driven instruction. In other words, interventions that work.

“This book has it all—research and theory; an intervention framework for teachers to follow; practical, engaging activities; sample intervention lessons and classroom scenarios.”
—Donna Brown, District Resource Teacher,
Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, Florida

J. David Cooper is an adjunct professor at Ball State University where he was formerly the Director of Reading. He has served as a consultant to the Department of Education and state departments of education. He taught at the elementary and secondary level.

David J. Chard is Associate Dean for Curriculum and Academic Programs in the College of Education at the University of Oregon. He also directs special education studies and middle/secondary education.

Nancy D. Kiger is retired from the University of Central Florida where she taught reading, language arts, and children’s literature courses. She continues to work as a writer and editor for education publishers.

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