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This book combines new and time-tested approaches to reading problems by adding usable instructional strategies, assessment tools, research, and an actual Informal Reading Inventory that readers may use immediately. The book distills many different approaches to teaching students with reading problems, presenting them in an approachable, balanced and readable format. Early chapters present general information on the reading process, problem readers, assessment and the principles of instruction. Later chapters provide in-depth information on strategies for teaching various parts of the literacy process and conclude with chapters detailing successful intervention programs, and teaching in diverse and inclusive settings. Reading Problems is extremely practical, presenting many informal assessment tools and strategies. Yet, it also presents research on intervention programs, multicultural strategies, and extensive descriptions of tests. The needs of adolescents and adults are also emphasized. For reading teachers or specialists.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205330225
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/20/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

All chapters begin with "Introduction," and most chapters conclude with "Summary."

List of Tables.

List of Figures.


1. Reading Ability and Disability.
Reading Problems: A National Dilemma.
What Is Reading?
The Components of the Reading Process.
An Overview of This Book.

2. Obtaining Background Information.
Information about the Environment.
Information about the Individual.
Methods of Collecting Information.
Pulling It All Together.

3. Assessing Reading Achievement: Overview and Informal Measures.
General Diagnostic Questions:
An Overview.
An Overview of Formal Assessment Measures.
An Overview of Informal Assessment Measures.
The Informal Reading Inventory.
Pulling It All Together.

4. An Overview of Instruction.
Components of Effective Reading Instruction.
Principles of Teaching Students with Reading Problems.
Building Rapport.
Delivering Instruction.
Creating a Community of Readers and Writers.
Using Computers to Help Students Read.

5. Emergent Literacy.
Emergent Literacy Concepts.
Strategies to Develop Early Literacy Concepts.

6. Improving Word Recognition Accuracy.
Stages of Word Recognition.
Phonics Strategies: Assessment.
Phonics Strategies: Teaching.
Structural Analysis Strategies: Assessment.
Structural Analysis Strategies: Teaching.
Content Strategies: Assessment.
Content Strategies: Teaching.

7. Improving Word Recognition Fluency.
The Role of Fluencyin the Reading Process.
Assessing Word Recognition Fluency.
Strategies for Developing Fluency in Context.
Strategies for Developing Sight Words.
Combining Contextual Reading with a Focus on Words.
Systemwide Improvement Plans.

8. Improving Comprehension
of Narrative Text.

General Features of Effective Reading Comprehension.
Comprehending Narrative Materials.
Assessing Abilities with Narrative Text.
Strategies for Improving Comprehension before Reading.
Strategies for Improving Comprehension during Reading.
Strategies for Improving Comprehension after Reading.
Connecting the Literacy Experience.

9. Improving Comprehension
of Expository Text.

The Nature of Expository Text.
Assessing Abilities with Expository Text.
Strategies for Helping Students Read Expository Text.

10. Improving Language Abilities: Listening Comprehension and Meaning Vocabulary.
The Importance of Language to Reading.
Causes of Problems with Language.
Assessing Language Abilities.
Conditions That Foster Language Learning.
Strategies for Fostering Language: Listening Comprehension.
Strategies for Fostering Language: Meaning Vocabulary.
Using Poetry to Develop Language.

11. Reading and Writing.
Writing Instruction.
Strategies for Integrating Reading
and Writing.
Writing with Poetry.
Computers and Writing.
Developing the Ability to Spell.

12. Reading Intervention Programs.
First-Grade Intervention Programs.
Interventions beyond First Grade.
Total Classroom Interventions.
Comparing Intervention Programs.
An Application of Common Intervention Elements to Program Design.

13. Literacy in a Diverse Society.
Teaching in Multicultural Society.
Limited English Proficiency.
The Role of Parents in Reading.
Working with Community Members.
Adolescents with Reading Problems.
Adults with Reading Problems.

14. Factors Relating to Reading Disabilities.
Environmental Factors.
Emotional Factors.
Language Abilities.
Physical Factors.

15. Severe Reading Disabilities.
Characteristics of Students with Severe Reading Disabilities.
Instructional Options for Severe Reading Disabilities.

16. Assessing Reading Achievement: Formal Measures.
Overview of Formal Tests.
Tests of General Reading Assessment.
Diagnostic Reading Tests.
Measuring Intelligence.

Appendix A: Inventory of Commonly Used Tests.

Appendix B: Instructional Materials
for Students with Reading Problems.

Appendix C: Publishers.

Appendix D: An Informal Reading Inventory.


Children's Literature Books Cited
in the Text.

Name Index.

Subject Index.

Test Index.

List of Tables.

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