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Overview

This practical book presents an array of research-based instructional strategies for use with struggling readers in the upper-elementary and middle grades. It is filled with proven ideas for engaging students and developing the key components of successful reading: vocabulary, comprehension, word recognition, and fluency. Each chapter reviews techniques for working on specific skills, provides needed materials and teacher-friendly instructional tips, and lists suggestions for further reading. The book's convenient 8 1/2" x 11" format and numerous reproducible charts, graphic organizer templates, and activities make it an exceptionally useful resource for elementary and middle school teachers, reading professionals, and undergraduate- and graduate-level students of education.
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A former middle grades teacher, McKenna (reading, Georgia Southern U., Savannah) has published several books and some 100 articles on various literacy topics. This practical text will help teachers select appropriate instructional strategies for students in the upper- elementary and middle grades. McKenna includes research-based strategies for decoding, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and questioning. Each chapter includes a review of techniques for working on specific skills; straightforward, reproducible materials and instructions for use in the classroom; and a list of resources for further reading. For practicing teachers, reading professionals, and undergraduate and graduate education students. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572307605
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/17/2002
  • Series: Solving Problems in the Teaching of Literacy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Michael C. McKenna, PhD, a former middle grades teacher, is currently Professor of Reading at Georgia Southern University in Savannah. He visits schools almost every day and has long been interested in identifying teaching strategies that really work in challenging classrooms. Dr. McKenna has published 7 books and more than 100 articles, and his research has been sponsored by the National Reading Research Center (NRRC) and the Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA).
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Introduction
Understanding Struggling Readers
A Stage Perspective
Three Struggling Readers
Assessment and Instruction
Design of This Volume

Section 1. Decoding Strategies
Guiding Principles of Teaching Decoding
Phonics in the Upper Grades
Tape-Recorded Text
Electronic Books

Section 2. Fluency Strategies
Guiding Principles of Teaching Fluency
Effective Fluency Methods
Classwide Peer Tutoring
Self-Selected Reading

Section 3. Vocabulary Strategies
Guiding Principles of Teaching Vocabulary
Feature Analysis
Graphic Organizers Semantic Maps
Vocabulary Venns
Semantic Scales
List\n-Group\n-Label
Concept Sorts
Vocabulary Clusters
Silly Questions
Possible Sentences

Section 4. Comprehension Lesson Formats
Guiding Principles of Teaching Reading Comprehension
Directed Reading Activity
Directed Reading\n-Thinking Activity
K-W-L
Listen\n-Read\n-Discuss

Section 5. Questioning Strategies
Levels of Questions
Question\n-Answer Relationships
Between the Lines (Inferential Reproducibles)
Question Clusters
Reciprocal Questioning
Questioning the Author

Section 6. Other Comprehension Strategies
Specific Skill Approaches
Walk-Throughs
Think-Alouds
Imaging
Teaching with Analogies
Charting New Territory
Guiding Notes
Reading Guides
Anticipation Guides
Reciprocal Teaching
Guided Reading in Textual Settings
Summary Writing
Cloze Venns
Riddles
Puzzlers
20 More Ideas for Inferential Comprehension

Section 7. Suggested Professional Resources
Index
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Table of Contents


Introduction
Understanding Struggling Readers
A Stage Perspective
Three Struggling Readers
Assessment and Instruction
Design of This Volume

Section 1. Decoding Strategies
Guiding Principles of Teaching Decoding
Phonics in the Upper Grades
Tape-Recorded Text
Electronic Books

Section 2. Fluency Strategies
Guiding Principles of Teaching Fluency
Effective Fluency Methods
Classwide Peer Tutoring
Self-Selected Reading

Section 3. Vocabulary Strategies
Guiding Principles of Teaching Vocabulary
Feature Analysis
Graphic Organizers Semantic Maps
Vocabulary Venns
Semantic Scales
List\n-Group\n-Label
Concept Sorts
Vocabulary Clusters
Silly Questions
Possible Sentences

Section 4. Comprehension Lesson Formats
Guiding Principles of Teaching Reading Comprehension
Directed Reading Activity
Directed Reading\n-Thinking Activity
K-W-L
Listen\n-Read\n-Discuss

Section 5. Questioning Strategies
Levels of Questions
Question\n-Answer Relationships
Between the Lines (Inferential Reproducibles)
Question Clusters
Reciprocal Questioning
Questioning the Author

Section 6. Other Comprehension Strategies
Specific Skill Approaches
Walk-Throughs
Think-Alouds
Imaging
Teaching with Analogies
Charting New Territory
Guiding Notes
Reading Guides
Anticipation Guides
Reciprocal Teaching
Guided Reading in Textual Settings
Summary Writing
Cloze Venns
Riddles
Puzzlers
20 More Ideas for Inferential Comprehension

Section 7. Suggested Professional Resources
Index

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