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.