for Older Struggling Readers
Sebastian Wren, Ph.D.
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A lot of kids have slipped through the cracks in our system. We have
one of the best educational systems in the country (yes, I believe that
-- comparing our educational system against other countries is like comparing
apples and oranges). But even so, millions of kids -- MILLIONS --
fail to learn to read. They don't learn to read in the early grades,
and their teachers in the later grades don't know what to do with them.
They get shoved into special ed programs or resource programs. They
get passed from grade to grade, class to class, school to school, until
either they get fed up with school and drop out or they graduate.
And, yes, many students do graduate without really being able to read.
We can put a stop to this -- as soon as we realize a student can't read,
there are things we can do about it. We can teach all students to
read -- even students who have slipped through the cracks for a few years.
We don't have to pass them around like a hot-potato.
-- To learn more about a particular book, or to purchase
a copy of that book, just click on the image of the book cover --
Adolescents Can't Read
Mary E. Curtis and Ann Marie Longo
Published in 1999 by Brookline Books
This book is one in a series of books that I heartily recommend
(not just this book, but all of the books in this series). The series
is called "From Reading Research to Practice: A Series for Teachers." The
series was edited by Jeanne Chall, and every book in the series is short,
concrete, and very useful.
This is a wonderful book. The authors describe their general approach
and strategy for working with older struggling readers in Boy's Town, but
their approach can be used in absolutely any middle- or high-school setting.
It is an assessment-driven, individualized approach, that has been very effective
with older struggling readers. Curtis and Longo offer some advice
and tips for dealing with the frustrations that older struggling readers
experience -- frustrations that often lead to discipline problems as the
students try to avoid reading and writing activities. If you work
with teen-agers who are still having difficulty with reading, then you absolutely
must buy this book.
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