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What Really Matters for Struggling Readers


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c h a p t e r 1 Reading Instruction in U.S. Schools Why Another Book? Why Now? So How Bad Is the Situation in Termsof Reading Achievement? But If Achievement Is Actually Rising, Why Another Book? Can Educational Research Provide Supportfor Meeting These Challenges? The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 What Are Characteristics of ScientificallyBased Reading Research? SUMMARY
c h a p t e r 2 What Really Matters: Kids Need to Read a Lot Research on Volume of Reading Thinking about Volume of Reading SUMMARY
c h a p t e r 3 Kids Need Books They Can Read Task Difficulty, Choice, and Achievement Methods for Estimating Text Complexity Enhancing Access to Appropriate Books SUMMARY
c h a p t e r 4 Kids Need to Learn to Read Fluently Understanding the Importance of Reading Fluently Interventions to Develop Fluency in Struggling Readers SUMMARY
c h a p t e r 5 Kids Need to Develop Thoughtful Literacy Conversation and Connections Isn't Thoughtful Literacy Just a Buzz-Wordfor Comprehension? The Effects of Thoughtful Literacy Instruction Research on Effective Comprehension Instruction Vocabulary Knowledge Is Important for Thoughtful Literacy Crafting Opportunities That Enhance Students'Comprehension and Understanding Developing Thoughtful Literacy SUMMARY
c h a p t e r 6 Where to Begin: Instruction for Struggling Readers Improving Classroom Instruction Enhancing Access to Intensive, Expert Instruction Expanding Available Instructional Time Availability of Support for Older Struggling Readers SUMMARY AFTERWORD APPENDIX A APPENDIX B BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX

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The Second Edition of this bestselling book includes a new section on No Child Left Behind as well as research sections on reading fluency, comprehension strategies, interventions for struggling readers, and vocabulary development and instruction. What Really Matters for Struggling Readers helps teachers design reading remediation and intervention programs around well-established reality- and research-based components. Nationally-recognized scholar and author Dick Allington offers easy-to-understand interpretations of research that support important principles and shows teachers how to use a variety of best practices with children who are struggling readers.

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