How Can I Help My Struggling Readers (Grades 4-12)


Presenter: Katherine McKnight, Ph.D.
Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

We all know that our students need to be reading. Research has proved time and again that good readers are good learners. The problem is that not all students are good readers. As they get into 4th grade and above, reading comprehension is even more critical for academic success. What can we do? Thankfully there are strategies we can employ to help support reading and develop content knowledge in our struggling readers. By identifying where the student is struggling, you can employ targeted solutions to help them gain confidence and become better readers. 

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There are four components to reading: alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Those are the basic skills that must be mastered for students to become good readers. Vocabulary and comprehension become especially important as students get older and must be able to read and understand texts in all the disciplines. But what about students who are falling behind their peers in reading?
In “How Can I Help My Struggling Readers?” Katie McKnight, Ph.D. explains the six activities that lead to student growth and development. These activities involve both reading and being read to and their aim is to help struggling readers develop background knowledge, read what they can understand, and have choices that inspire them to read more.

In this course, you will learn to:

  • Identify the characteristics of the struggling adolescent reader
  • Understand the difference between struggling and reluctant readers
  • Support reading choice and differentiation in the classroom
  • Use strategies for comprehension
  • Teach academic vocabulary

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