The popular Reading Rockets writers offer teachers ideas for creating a literacy rich classroom.
The Science of Reading
Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz; Jonathan ShaywitzFrom one of the world's preeminent experts on reading and dyslexia, the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and practical book available on identifying, understanding, and overcoming reading problems--now revised to reflect the latest research and evidence-based approaches. Dyslexia is the most common learning disorder on the planet, affecting about one in five individuals, regardless of age or gender. Now a world-renowned expert gives us a substantially updated and augmented edition of her classic work: drawing on an additional fifteen years of cutting-edge research, offering new information on all aspects of dyslexia and reading problems, and providing the tools that parents, teachers, and all dyslexic individuals need. This new edition also offers: * New material on the challenges faced by dyslexic individuals across all ages * Rich information on ongoing advances in digital technology that have dramatically increased dyslexics' ability to help themselves * New chapters on diagnosing dyslexia, choosing schools and colleges for dyslexic students, the co-implications of anxiety, ADHD, and dyslexia, and dyslexia in post-menopausal women * Extensively updated information on helping both dyslexic children and adults become better readers, with a detailed home program to enhance reading * Evidence-based universal screening for dyslexia as early as kindergarten and first grade - why and how * New information on how to identify dyslexia in all age ranges * Exercises to help children strengthen the brain areas that control reading * Ways to raise a child's self-esteem and reveal her strengths * Stories of successful men, women, and young adults who are dyslexic
A helpful overview of what we know from the research on reading and encouragement to use the evidence in our classroom teaching.
Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can't, and What Can Be Done About It by Mark SeidenbergIn this "important and alarming" (New York Times) book, see why so many American students are falling behind in their reading skills while others around the world excel. The way we teach reading is not working, and it cannot continue. We have largely abandoned phones-based reading instruction, despite research that supports its importance for word recognition. Rather than treating Black English as a valid dialect and recognizing that speaking one dialect can impact the ability to learn to read in another, teachers simply dismiss it as "incorrect English." And while we press children to develop large vocabularies because we think being a good reader means knowing more words, studies have found that a large vocabulary is only an indication of better pattern recognition. Understanding the science of reading is more important than ever--for us, and for our children. Seidenberg helps us do so by drawing on cutting-edge research in machine learning, linguistics, and early childhood development. Language at the Speed of Sight offers an erudite and scathing examination of this most human of activities, and concrete proposals for how our society can produce better readers.
The Daily Five (Second Edition) by Gail Boushey; Joan MoserThe Daily 5, Second Edition retains the core literacy components that made the first edition one of the most widely read books in education and enhances these practices based on years of further experience in classrooms and compelling new brain research. The Daily 5 provides a way for any teacher to structure literacy (and now math) time to increase student independence and allow for individualized attention in small groups and one-on-one.