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

Presenter Bio

Dr. Katherine McKnight is a dynamic presenter, dedicated teacher, and award-winning author. Dr. McKnight began her career in education over 30 years ago as a middle school and high school English and social studies teacher in the Chicago Public Schools and appointed as Distinguished Professor of Research at National Louis University. In addition to speaking at professional development conferences, she is a regular consultant in schools and classrooms in the United States and Europe.
She is the founder of Engaging Learners, an educational company built around her successful Literacy and Learning Center model. Her work in educational leadership, literacy and student skill development has resulted in unprecedented academic achievement in many struggling schools.
Dr. McKnight has received several awards for her publications and teaching at the university level. She has authored 17 books that support educational strategies to engage all learners. Her titles include the best-selling The Teacher’s Big Book of Graphic Organizers, winner of the 2013 Teachers’ Choice Award. She’s also written The Second City Guide to Improv in the Classroom, Teaching Writing in the Inclusive Classroom, and the twin volumes: Common Core Literacy for Math, Science, and Technical Subjects, and Common Core Literacy for ELA, History/Social Studies, and the Humanities: Strategies to Deepen Content Knowledge – Grades 6-12. 

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

  1. Sylvia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    good ideas

  2. Lorena – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    I’m a new teacher so I want to see this in action.

  3. Maria – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    This course is straight foward of the do’s and don’ts for teaching effectively vocabulary which will allow students to become readers who understand and have comprehension of the text.

  4. Susan – VAN WERT CITY (verified owner)

    Reiterates reading basics and reminds teachers of the importance of vocabulary, choice and reading aloud.

  5. Evangelina – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Very valuable information. There are many struggling readers and we need to be informed as to different ways to approach this situation.

  6. Martin – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Good ideas and worksheets

  7. Kelly – VAN WERT CITY (verified owner)


  8. Lezlie – PHARR-SAN JUAN-ALAMO ISD (verified owner)

    This video had many great points and offered an engaging and informative website.

  9. Kristina – DELAWARE CITY (verified owner)

    it was just ok

  10. Norma – PHARR-SAN JUAN-ALAMO ISD (verified owner)


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