When Kids Can't Read: What Teachers Can Do: A Guide for Teachers 6-12

When Kids Can't Read: What Teachers Can Do: A Guide for Teachers 6-12

by Kylene Beers, G. Kylene Beers
     
 

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For Kylene Beers, the question of what to do when kids can't read surfaced abruptly in 1979 when she began teaching. That year, she discovered that some of the students in her seventh-grade language arts classes could pronounce all the words, but couldn't make any sense of the text.See more details below

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For Kylene Beers, the question of what to do when kids can't read surfaced abruptly in 1979 when she began teaching. That year, she discovered that some of the students in her seventh-grade language arts classes could pronounce all the words, but couldn't make any sense of the text.

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“If I had to recommend just one book to middle and secondary teachers working to support struggling readers, this would have to be the book. When Kids Cant Read, What Teachers Can Do is a comprehensive handbook filled with practical strategies that teachers of all subjects can use to make reading skills transparent and accessible to adolescents. Blending theory with practice throughout, Kylene Beers moves teachers from assessment to instruction from describing dependent reading behaviours to suggesting ways to help students with vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, word recognition, response to text, and so much more. But its not just the strategies that make this book so valuable. Its the invitations to step inside a classroom and eavesdrop on teacher/student interactions. Its the student profiles, the if/then charts, the extensive booklists and, of course, the experiences of a brilliant reading teacher. This is simply the best book published to date to support struggling adolescent readers!”–Gillda Leitenberg,District-wide Coordinator, English/LiteracyToronto District School Board
VOYA
This newest book by the author of Into Focus: Understanding and Creating Middle School Readers (Christopher Gordon, 1998/VOYA December 1998) should be required reading for all current English teachers and those preparing for the profession. It is the culmination of Beers's twenty-three years in the classroom, about half of which have been spent working specifically with struggling readers. Most secondary English teachers do not plan to teach kids how to read; they expect to assign classic novels and discuss literature. Beers held this ideal as she began her first teaching assignment, but she was quickly disillusioned. Many of her students hated to read, and a large number of them could not read. Her inability that first year to help one particular student named George was the catalyst by which she became an advocate for struggling readers. Each of the fifteen chapters begins and ends with a note to George, which adds a poignant tone to the author's message. Beers provides teaching strategies and activities, along with the rationale behind them. While admitting that it takes time, practice, and dedication, she never asks teachers to do anything she has not already tested herself. Worth mentioning is Beers's underlying premise that all readers are struggling in some way. The key is to become an independent struggling reader, one who possesses the tools to meet the challenge of any type of text. Not only can struggling readers improve but good readers can as well. As this reviewer, also a high school English teacher of twenty-three years, discovered, Beers offers real answers rather than just educational theories. 2003, Heinemann, 368p,
— Kim Zach
KLIATT
Kylene Beers, a teacher with over 20 years of experience in the classroom, is an expert in the field of struggling readers. This guide for teachers for grades 6-12 is an excellent resource in helping teachers identify problems and in offering practical solutions. The underlying premise of her work is her belief that "first, teachers want to help the struggling readers who sit in their classrooms; second, those students want to be helped; and third, the right instruction can make a difference." The book is organized in a highly effective manner. There are a few chapters devoted to analyzing the process of reading and understanding what independent readers do effortlessly and what dependent readers need to learn to do. Several chapters deal with comprehension strategies. Other chapters deal with vocabulary, word recognition, fluency, automaticity, spelling, and finding the right books to use. Therefore, teachers who are looking for ways to help a student with a specific problem are easily able to locate a relevant section of the text. In addition to a sizable list of references for further study, there are 14 appendices covering almost 70 pages that should prove helpful to many. Among these are a list of common roots, prefixes and suffixes, a list of phonics generalizations, and a list of common spelling rules. Beers insists that simply telling struggling readers, "Just do it," is not acceptable: "We must show students how to do it." This is not solely the responsibility of a reading specialist. Beers equips all middle and secondary level teachers with specific strategies that work, and following her own advice, shows them how to use these strategies. Many chapters include a section called"Step Inside a Classroom" in which she presents transcripts of classroom dialogue between a teacher and a student to illustrate a certain technique such as helping students make inferences. Another strategy Beers uses is a section of "Questions and Answers" in which she tries to anticipate questions that teachers may have and provide responses. Additionally, there are a number of charts, forms, and illustrations that facilitate the teaching of a particular reading skill. For example, the form, "Most Important Word," is shown filled in by a student in response to a poem. This form is found in a reproducible format in an appendix. This guide is certain to provide teachers with a number of new approaches to reach the struggling reader. It challenges teachers to take more responsibility for making dependent readers independent. KLIATT Codes: P�Recommended. 2003, Heinemann, 392p. illus. bibliog. index., Pucci

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780867095197
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
10/22/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
101,197
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.79(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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