A part of the What Really Matters series, the Third Edition of What Really Matters for Struggling Readers examines the increasing amount of research demonstrating that we can teach every child to read.
Using non-technical summaries, nationally recognized scholar and author Dick Allington delivers a concise and balanced introduction to reading remediation and intervention programs; showing teachers how to use a variety of best practices with children who are struggling readers in order to transform them into proficient readers. This new edition includes new findings on reading achievement and instruction, reading volume as it relates to reading proficiency, reader-text match, fluency development, comprehension strategies and instruction for struggling readers. Its emphasis is on explaining what the research says, why it works and how to use this information to provide intensive, expert reading instruction for all children. The continued focus on helping teachers design reading remediation and intervention programs around well-established reality and research-based components is framed within the confines of the No Child Left Behind Act.
Written by authors you know and trust, each of the books in the What Really Matters series offers a succinct presentation of what matters most when teaching different aspects of the reading process. With a thought-provoking, rich presentation, Dick Allington explores complex issues teachers of reading face in today’s classrooms and brings each of the topics to life. These brief and inexpensive books are written in a lively narrative with clear organization, exceptional pedagogy, and special features. Their friendly design and compact size make the books accessible, convenient, and easy-to read.
About the Author
Richard L. Allington is a past president of the International Reading Association and of the National Reading Conference. He has written more than 100 published papers and reports on reading difficulties, and is the author or coauthor of What Really Matters in Response to Intervention, What Really Matters in Fluency, Classrooms That Work, and Schools That Work. Dick is a former classroom teacher, reading specialist, and federal programs director who has studied and written about reading intervention including his influential article in the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, “If They Don’t Read Much, How They Ever Gonna Get Good?”.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Reading Achievement and Instruction in U.S. Schools
Chapter 2: What Really Matters: Kids Need to Read a Lot
Chapter 3: Kids Need Books They Can Read
Chapter 4: Kids Need to Learn to Read Fluently
Chapter 5: Kids Need to Develop Thoughtful Literacy
Chapter 6: Where to Begin: Instruction for Struggling Readers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is one in a bundle that was shipped to my school which I took home to read over the summer as personal PD. It was really disappointing and I wouldn't recommend it to any staff members since I didn't learn anything that I didn't already know. It was quite American, which made me surprised that it was selected as a bulk purchase. The title sounded great, but it really wasn't very interesting or useful. It contains reviews of research, but very few specific suggestions for helping struggling readers; mostly just general ideas like struggling readers need to read more than they do right now. Huh! You think? Waste of an evening to read this book. Sorry to be so harsh.
This book provides practical ideas in a highly readable and organized format as well as an extensive bibliography that reveals the comprehensive research backing up the author's work.