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ISBN-10 0137057830ISBN-13 9780137057832
ISBN-10 0137057814ISBN-13 9780137057818
Author(s): William D. Bursuck; Mary Damer
Publisher: Pearson
Copyright year: © 2011 Pages: 408

The public focus on children who struggle with learning to read has never been greater. Bursuck and Damer have done an extraordinary job of answering that exact charge—to help all students succeed at reading—in writing this extraordinary book.Organized according to the Reading First categories of reading development and instruction as presented in the report of the National Reading Panel, the book uses a systematic, explicit, success-oriented approach for teaching struggling readers in today’s accountability-driven schools. Teachers will appreciate the authentic, research-validated reality-based strategies and the accessible language used throughout. All of the strategies presented are research-based, and have been field-tested with at-risk children in both rural and urban teaching settings. Most of the strategies have resulted from the authors’ work in K-3, inner-city schools, working every day with at-risk children, including children of poverty, children for whom English is not their primary language, and children with learning and behavioral disabilities, not just findings from research articles!  The text covers the 5 key elements of reading, delineated in the National Reading Panel Report in order to help teachers learn how to differentiate instruction within each of these areas for a range of learners, using systematic, explicit teaching strategies within a multi-tier RTI framework. Teachers can also rest assure that all of the strategies not only follow the guidelines put forth by the National Reading Panel, but cover the essential areas of phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle (phonics), reading fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension, and are carefully tied to specific assessments, producing a level of accountability that is required of all teachers in today’s schools. Other hallmarks of the book include: all of the strategies benefit English Language Learners; newly added chapter vignettes profile students and their struggles with reading, IEP goals and objectives in reading, and tips for differentiating instruction for each of the featured children; Research to Practice features; Reflective Teacher features, and more.