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Updated Edition of Bestseller

Reading Strategies for Elementary Students With Learning Difficulties

Strategies for RTI
Second Edition
By: William N. Bender, Martha J. Larkin

A one-stop source of proven reading strategies to use with RTI!

Offering practical, research-based strategies for students with learning difficulties as well as those who struggle with reading, this second edition of a bestseller helps general and special education teachers strengthen reading instruction within a Response to Intervention (RTI) framework. The authors provide RTI case studies and offer effective strategies for:

  • Implementing early literacy and brain-compatible reading instruction and assessments
  • Developing phonological and phonemic instruction
  • Promoting effective progress monitoring in reading 
  • Building vocabulary and reading fluency
  • Boosting reading comprehension, especially in the content areas

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary, Secondary
  • ISBN: 9781412960694
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2009
  • Page Count: 272
  • Publication date: June 15, 2012

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"The authors have taken a huge amount of research and information, digested it, and organized it into clearly arranged, practical, readable, usable work. This book balances information, suggestions, and examples with reflective exercises that are practical and valuable. It also gives tons of Web sites and resources for more useful tools and tips."
—Mary Guerrette, Director of Special Education
Maine School Administrative District #1, ME

A one-stop source of proven reading strategies to use with RTI!

This second edition of a best-selling resource helps general and special education teachers integrate approaches for strengthening reading skills with procedures for Response to Intervention (RTI). Based on the latest research, these practical instructional strategies can be used with students with learning disabilities of any kind as well as with any student who struggles in reading.

This resource provides highly effective strategies for elementary and middle school reading instruction and includes RTI case studies that show how the strategies work within an RTI framework. Focusing on the critical areas of reading instruction identified in the National Reading Panel's report, this book helps educators:

  • Implement early literacy and brain-compatible reading instruction and assessment
  • Develop phonological and phonemic instruction
  • Promote effective progress monitoring in reading
  • Build vocabulary and reading fluency
  • Boost reading comprehension, especially in the content areas

This vital resource provides teachers with a ready reference of interventions to provide targeted reading instruction for students with learning difficulties.



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William N. Bender

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William N. Bender began his career by teaching eighth- and ninth-grade students in the public schools. He worked in higher education for 28 years and published over 60 research articles and 24 books in education. He specializes in instructional strategies for all students and is recognized as a national leader on instructional tactics, response to intervention, and differentiated instruction. Dr. Bender believes his job is to inform audiences across the nation of innovative, up to date information, based on current applied research. Dr. Bender received his Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of North Carolina and currently consults with schools and districts in the United States and Canada.
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Martha J. Larkin

Martha J. Larkin taught public school students in general education and special education at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels for several years before beginning a career in higher education. She has authored and coauthored 17 journal articles, 10 book and monograph chapters, and 5 research reports and commissioned papers in education and special education. She specializes in instructional strategies, particularly for students with learning disabilities. Her specific teaching and research interests include scaffolded instruction, content enhancement, learning strategies, graphic organizers, and grading rubrics. She especially enjoys pursuing these interests in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. She earned her PhD from the University of Alabama in 1999.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents


About the Authors


1. The Reading Brain and Literacy Instruction

The Good News in Reading Research!

Big Ideas From Early Literacy Research

The Emerging Emphasis on Literacy

Assessments of Early Literacy

Brain-Compatible Reading Instruction

A Brain-Based Model of Reading

What the Brain Research on Reading Has Found


What's Next?

2. Phonemic Instruction: The Critical Emphasis in Reading and Literacy

Phonological Instruction and Phonemic Instruction

Phonemic Awareness or Phonemic Manipulation

Guidelines for Phonemic Instruction

Phonemic-Based Reading Programs


What's Next?

3. Phonics and Word Attack Strategies

Phonics and the Brain

Phonics Instructional Options

Strategies for Developmental Reading and Spelling Stages


What's Next?

4. Strategies for Building Vocabulary and Reading Fluency

Vocabulary and Reading Fluency

Building Vocabulary

The Importance of Vocabulary Development

Do We Still Need Sight-Word Approaches for Vocabulary Instruction?

How Good Readers Read

Learning New Vocabulary Terms

Word Recognition Instruction

Deriving Meaning From Vocabulary

Learning Strategies for Vocabulary Mastery

Reading Fluency


What's Next?

5. Gaining Meaning From Reading

Reading Comprehension and the Brain

Story Grammar

Student Think-Alouds or Inferencing Substrategies

Question Answering

List Summaries

Improvisational Drama

Cooperative Discussion and Questioning (Coop-Dis-Q)

Collaborating Strategic Reading (CSR)



What's Next?

6. Reading Comprehension in the Content Areas

Content Area Reading and the Brain

KWPLS (Know, Want to Know, Predict, Learned, Summarize)

Analogies Instruction

Possible Sentences

Vocabulary Self-Collection Strategy (VSS)

Guided Reading in Textual Settings (GRITS)

ReQuest: Asking Self-Declared Questions

Idea Circles

Infra-Act: Sharing Perspectives

Question-Answer Relationships


Resources: Commercially Available Reading Programs





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