Four Powerful Strategies for Struggling Readers, Grades 3–8

Small Group Instruction That Improves Comprehension


Lois A. Lanning

Children who struggle with reading by the time they reach third grade risk falling further behind as they progress through school. This important resource presents four targeted, research-based comprehension strategies to help struggling readers in small group settings understand what they read.

Four Powerful Strategies for Struggling Readers, Grades 3–8 shows teachers how to support students' reading comprehension by teaching the strategies that highly effective readers use: summarizing, creating meaningful connections, self-regulating, and inferring. The author examines how, why, and when to use each strategy and what each strategy looks like in practice. The book also covers:

  • A gradual-release approach that begins with teacher-directed instruction and leads to student-directed learning as skills increase
  • Specific teaching techniques to use with each strategy
  • Detailed lesson examples for reading instruction and content area reading
  • Reflections in each strategy chapter

The underlying principles in the book make these powerful strategies relevant for all elementary teachers, reading specialists, literacy coaches, and instructional leaders working to help students learn to read for deep understanding.

© 2008 | 176 pp.
IRA stock no. 9306
Copublished with Corwin Press

Four Powerful Strategies for Struggling Readers, Grades 3-8

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