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

Dr. McKnight is an author, educator, and consultant. Her career in education began as a high school English teacher in the Chicago Public School system. She received her B.A. degree from George Washington University, her M.Ed. from Northeastern Illinois University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She currently serves as a Distinguished Professor of Research at National Louis University. Dr. McKnight travels worldwide as a professional development consultant and is a sought after speaker in the fields of adolescent literacy, inclusive classrooms, Common Core State Standards, interdisciplinary literacy, and integrating technology in the 21st century classroom. 

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71 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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