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

  1. Maricela – SAN BENITO CISD (verified owner)

    Ms. McKnight shared many resources and strategies.

  2. Jennifer – SAN BENITO CISD (verified owner)

    Great information. Awesome website with free resources. I wasn’t able to download the posters from the link, though.

  3. Magda – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    Great info and ideas to implement with students in my classroom.

  4. Anita – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    This course was great in offering information in better understanding the components of reading and resources and strategies that can assist teachers with their struggling readers.

  5. Brenda – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    Greatly informative with lots of examples to help understand the concepts presented.

  6. Priscella – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    Great Session

  7. Arianne – PFLUGERVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    Great ideas to use right away in the classroom!

  8. Emily – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

    Good course.

  9. Gia – RIO GRANDE CITY CISD (verified owner)

    very informative

  10. adriana – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    very informative

  11. Christine – HILLSBORO CITY (verified owner)

    This course reinforced what kids need to read with concrete examples and resources to provide practice for students who struggle with reading.

  12. Jill – HILLSBORO CITY (verified owner)

    good ideas

  13. Jessica – Private Pay (verified owner)

    Good resources.

  14. Maria – RIO GRANDE CITY CISD (verified owner)

    Great presentation1

  15. Patricia – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)


  16. Val – PLANO ISD (verified owner)

    Great strategies for struggling readers.

  17. Debra – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    Helpful strategies to implement and understand what students need to improve reading comprehension.

  18. Amanda – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative!

  19. Cynthia – Pilot (verified owner)

    Very informative

  20. Monica – HOLLAND ISD (verified owner)

    Wonderful presentation with useful resources I can use right away.

  21. MELISSA – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)


  22. Johana – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    Great webinar!

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