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Autism and Reading Comprehension: Ready-to-Use Lesson Plans for Teachers. Joseph Porter, $40.95

Autism and Reading Comprehension contains 90 hours of animal-themed, whole-group instruction. The book provides a detailed description of what the lessons will look and feel like in the classroom, complete with valuable, first-hand advice. In the back, you’ll find an appendix with numerous suggestions for complementary activities, so you can supplement on the “off” days with art projects, music, books, and videos.  The predictable format, repetition, and routine of these lessons will create a relaxed learning environment; while the variations in the topics will hold students’ attention and help them to generalize the reading skills they need to succeed. A companion CD contains all of the worksheets, lesson plans, visual tools, and assessment forms.

The Big Book of Differentiated Reading Response Activities, Grades 2-3. Rhonda Graff, $208.99

75 engaging, tiered reproducibles to help you find the just-right activity for every reader.


Book Buddies: a Tutoring Framework for Struggling Readers, 2nd Edition. Francine Johnston, et al, $51.50 Grades K-3

This popular, practical resource provides guidelines for setting up a successful tutorial program in grades K-3 and presents a field-tested lesson format for individualized instruction. Clear explanations and examples demonstrate how to use the book's wealth of activities and exercises to assess students and build specific reading, writing, and spelling skills. Also included are a 70-minute DVD depicting sample sessions with a beginning reader and a late beginning reader, a helpful glossary, a resource list, and more than two dozen reproducible tutoring tools.

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Bringing The Outside In: Visual Ways To Engage Reluctant Readers. Sara B. Kajder, $27.95

The reading that we value in school is becoming further and further distanced from the literacy students experience in their outside lives. Keying in on the visual aspects of literacy, and building upon students' growing interest in using words and images from their lives to read and write for authentic reasons and authentic audiences — integrating such strategies as digital storytelling, visual think-alouds, visual literature circles, and others into English class — this book redefines what it means to be literate in today's world. By adding visual components to class activities and projects integrating tools ranging from pencils and paper to “weblogs” and “wikis”, even reluctant students can become engaged and see themselves as readers and writers for the first time.


Catching Readers Before They Fall: Supporting Readers Who Struggle, K-4.  Pat Johnson & Katie Keier, $32.95

Essential reading for anyone and everyone who works with struggling readers, this book contains a wealth of strategies, resources, and teaching ideas. From word-solving and prompting methods, to modeling and teaching strategies, to practical answers for parents, Catching Readers provides a picture of what it both looks and sounds like to help a child who struggles.


Classrooms That Work: They Can All Read and Write, 6th Edition. Patricia Cunningham & Richard Allington, $65.75

Practical help for providing balanced, comprehensive literacy instruction for all students, particularly those from culturally diverse backgrounds and those who are struggling with reading and writing.

This popular resource provides comprehensive, balanced, practical literacy instruction for all students in today’s increasingly diverse classrooms, especially students from culturally diverse backgrounds and those struggling with reading and writing. Classrooms That Work helps educators meet the challenges by presenting lesson frameworks for providing reading and language arts instruction that helps all children achieve their highest literacy levels. In a clear, friendly writing style, the authors emphasize the importance of promoting the integration of phonics and literature-based process writing and reading instruction to enhance all students’ learning and reading skills.

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Developing Language and Literacy: Effective Intervention in the Early Years. Julia Carroll, Claudine Bowyer-Crane, Fiona Duff, Charles Hulme & Margaret Snowling, $64.95

Developing Language and Literacy describes successful intervention programmes to improve the phonological skills, vocabulary, and grammar of young children at risk of reading difficulties.

  • Presents two structured intervention programmes to provide support for young children with language and literacy difficulties
  • Describes clearly how to improve the language and foundation literacy skills of young children in the classroom
  • Includes information about how to assess research, and how to monitor and design intervention strategies for use with individual children
  • Helps teachers to develop an understanding of the intervention and research process as a whole

Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems. Darrell Morris, $49.95

In this highly informative text, Darrell Morris demonstrates how to conduct a comprehensive diagnostic assessment; interpret reading scores; and provide individualized instruction that takes each student's specific strengths and weaknesses into account. Case studies bring to life the book's one-to-one strategies for struggling beginning readers, older remedial readers (second- to sixth-grade reading levels), and those with severe reading disabilities. Helpful appendices feature ready-to-use assessment tools, book lists, and other reproducibles.


Differentiating Instruction with Menus for the Inclusive Classroom: Language Arts, Grades 3-5. Laurie Westphal, $30.95

This book offers teachers everything they need to create a student-centered learning environment based on choice. The book provides numerous types of leveled menus that lower and on-level elementary-aged students can use to demonstrate learning through a method of their choice. Menus with similar formats but geared towards varying ability levels allow teachers to differentiate easily. Using creative and challenging choices found in these menus, students will look forward to sharing their newfound knowledge throughout the year. Also included are specific guidelines for products, rubrics for assessing student products, and teacher introduction pages for each menu.

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Drawing a Blank: Improving Comprehension for Readers on the Autism Spectrum. Emily Iland, $42.95

Although they may be fluent readers — indeed, many have very precocious reading skills — individuals with autism spectrum disorders often need support for comprehension. Comprehension difficulties in readers with ASD can be subtle and difficult to tease out. As a result, their substantial level of risk for reading comprehension problems is often overlooked or unaddressed, and many students struggle in silence. This is where Drawing a Blank comes in. This practical and well-researched resource provides educational professionals and parents with the tools to improve comprehension for good decoders who have reading comprehension difficulties, as well as readers who struggle with both decoding and comprehension. In keeping with current standards, the book emphasizes the importance of using evidence-based and promising practices based on thorough assessment of students’ needs.


Effective Instruction for Middle School Students with Reading Difficulties: the Reading Teacher’s Sourcebook. Carolyn Denton, et al, $72.50 (grades 6-8)

Resolve older students’ reading difficulties and increase their chances for success with these evidence-based strategies, and foundational knowledge for middle school reading and language arts teachers.


Effective Instruction for Struggling Readers, K to 6. Barbara Taylor, $36.95

Featuring today’s most respected leaders in the field of reading interventions, this book examines what we have learned from the research to help struggling readers in grades K–6. Focusing on strategies that have been proven effective, the authors will help educators meet the demands placed on them to ensure that all students are making good progress toward becoming competent readers. Each chapter begins with a set of framing questions and ends with suggestions for action to foster discussion and help teachers translate research-based ideas into practice—perfect for teacher education courses and professional development workshops.


Empowering Struggling Readers: Practices for the Middle Grades. Leigh Hall, Leslie Burns & Elizabeth Carr Edwards, $41.50

This book provides classroom-tested methods for engaging struggling middle grade readers — even those who appear to have given up — and fostering their success. The emphasis is on constructing respectful, encouraging learning environments that incorporate students' diverse literacies, cultural interests, and prior knowledge and skills into instruction. Chapters outline effective, innovative strategies for instruction and assessment in comprehension, vocabulary, text-based discussion, critical reading, and other core areas. Realistic classroom examples are included throughout, including applications of nontraditional texts.

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The ESL/ELL Teacher's Book of Lists, 2nd Edition. Jacqueline Kress, $37.95

This unique teacher time-saver includes scores of helpful, practical lists that may be reproduced for classroom use or referred to in the development of instructional materials and lessons. The material contained in this book helps K-12 teachers reinforce and enhance the learning of grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and writing skills in ESL students of all ability levels. For easy use and quick access, the lists are printed in a format that can be photocopied. A complete, thoroughly updated glossary at the end provides an indispensable guide to the specialized language of ESL instruction.


Executive Skills and Reading Comprehension: a Guide for Educators. Kelly Cartwright, $44.50

How do K-12 students become self-regulated learners who actively deploy comprehension strategies to make meaning from texts? This cutting-edge guide is the first book to highlight the importance of executive skills for improving reading comprehension. Chapters review the research base for particular executive functions — such as planning, organization, cognitive flexibility, and impulse control — and present practical skills-building strategies for the classroom. Detailed examples show what each skill looks like in real readers, and sidebars draw explicit connections to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). 


Extra Practice for Struggling Readers: High-Frequency Words, Grades 3-6. Linda Ward Beech, $16.99

Motivating practice packets that help intermediate students master 240 essential words they need to know to succeed in reading and writing.

Extra Practice for Struggling Readers: Phonics, Grades 3-6. Linda Ward Beech, $16.99

Motivating practice packets that help intermediate students build essential decoding skills.

Extra Practice for Struggling Readers: Word Study, Grades 3-6. Linda Ward Beech, $16.99

Motivating practice packets that help intermediate students learn key prefixes, suffixes and root words.

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Finding the Right Texts: What Works for Beginning and Struggling Readers. Edited by E. Hiebert & M. Sailors, $45.95

Finding the Right Texts meets an important need by reviewing the best available research on the role of specific text features in supporting the development of proficient reading. Also explored are ways that teacher scaffolding can help students who have difficulties with particular aspects or types of texts. The book considers approaches to adapting the design and selection of texts to reinforce reading skills and provide well-paced challenges for K-6 students at a variety of ability levels.


Helping Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder Express their Thoughts and Knowledge in Writing: Tips and Exercises for Developing Writing Skills. Elise Geither & Lisa Meeks, $33.95

When it comes to academic work, students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often have the required knowledge but struggle to get their thoughts down in writing. This is a practical guide to teaching and improving writing skills in students with ASD to meet academic writing standards and prepare for the increased expectations of higher education.

The book covers key considerations for all educators teaching writing skills to high school and college students with ASD including how to address difficulties with comprehension, executive functioning, and motor skills, how to structure ideas into a coherent argument, and how to develop creativity and expression in writing, as well as how to successfully adapt these skills to meet university expectations. Each chapter includes teaching tips, insightful student perspectives, and ready-to-use writing exercises.


How to Plan Differentiated Reading Instruction: Resources for Grades K-3, 2nd Edition. Sharon Walpole & Michael McKenna, $44.50

The authors provide a detailed framework for implementing differentiated small-group instruction over multi-week cycles. Each component of the beginning reading program is addressed—phonological awareness, word recognition, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. In a large-size format with lay-flat binding for easy photocopying, the book includes dozens of reproducible lesson plans, instructional activities, assessment forms, and other tools. Purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials. New to This Edition:

  • Differentiation 2.0: the approach has been fine-tuned based on field testing, new research findings, and current standards and response-to-intervention frameworks
  • Many additional reproducible tools, such as coaching templates and the Informal Decoding Inventory
  • Beyond lesson plans and materials, the second edition offers more guidance for designing instruction and grouping students, making it a one-stop resource
  • Reproducible tools now available to download and print

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How to Reach and Teach All Children Through Balanced Literacy. Sandra Rief & Julie Heimburge, $32.959 (Grades 3 to 8)

The balanced literacy method combines the best practices of phonics and other skill-based language instruction with the holistic, literature-based approach in order to help you teach reading, writing, and speaking in a clear and approachable format.


“I Hate To Write!” Cheryl Boucher & Kathy Oehler, $34.50

Tips for helping students with autism spectrum and related disorders increase achievement, meet academic standards, and become happy, successful writers.


Interventions for Reading Problems: Designing and Evaluating Effective Strategies. Edward Dalyl, $49.95

This comprehensive, user-friendly guide meets a growing need for school psychologists and other practitioners called on to work with struggling readers and their teachers. Presented are a systematic framework and a wealth of step-by-step strategies for targeting key areas of literacy development: phonological awareness, fluency, and comprehension. Particular emphasis is placed on scientifically based assessment and intervention practices that do not require major curricular change and can be applied with students of varying ages and ability levels. Featuring over 35 reproducible assessment and instructional tools — in a large-size format with lay-flat binding for ease of photocopying and use — the book also offers practical pointers for establishing an effective consultation relationship and documenting student progress over time.

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Interventions for Reading Success, 2nd Edition. D. Haager, J. Dimino & M. Windmueller, $86.95 (K to 3)

Help transform struggling K-3 students into skillful, enthusiastic readers, in just 20-30 minutes a day. It's all possible with the NEW edition of this bestselling curriculum supplement, your key to helping all students grasp the five Big Ideas of early literacy: phonological awareness, the alphabetic principle, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Updated with new activities and the very latest on today's hot topics in literacy, this book gives you more than 130 research-based, teacher-tested activities you can use right now, with any core reading program. They're a perfect fit with response to intervention; use them with your entire class small groups, or individual students who need more intensive support. Creative and versatile, these interventions are just what you need to help struggling students meet grade level standards and spark a lifelong love of reading.

Learn how to: teach all the fundamentals of reading in a time-efficient way; use the RTI model to scaffold interventions; deliver evidence based instruction with confidence, with step-by-step instructional sequences you can use as is or modify as needed; plan assessment and make sound decisions based on data; and strengthen the home-school connection with take-home activities parents can use with their children.

Includes copy-read templates of activity materials, such as a blank bingo boards, colour tiles, letter tiles, word cards, word banks, and graphic organizers. Also includes more than 70 Home-School Connection activities. Materials are reproducible and printable from the Web.


Instruction and Assessment for Struggling Writers: Evidence-Based Practices. Edited by Gary Troia, $57.95

This unique book focuses on how to provide effective instruction to K-12 students who find writing challenging, including English language learners and those with learning disabilities or language impairments. Prominent experts illuminate the nature of writing difficulties and offer practical suggestions for building students' skills at the word, sentence, and text levels. Topics include writing workshop instruction; strategies to support the writing process, motivation, and self-regulation; composing in the content areas; classroom technologies; spelling instruction for diverse learners; and assessment approaches. Every chapter is grounded in research and geared to the real world needs of teachers in general and special education settings.


Interventions for Reading Success, 2nd Edition. Diane Haager, Joseph Dimino & Michelle Windmueller, $86.95 (K to 3)

With an extensive menu of lessons that take just 20–30 minutes, this intervention guide is the key to helping students grasp the five ‘Big Ideas’ of early literacy: phonological awareness, the alphabetic principle, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. All activities come complete with clear guidelines and suggestions and are easy to tailor to students’ individual needs. Creative and versatile, this curriculum supplement will help struggling students become skillful, enthusiastic readers.

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Jasmine Can: Creating Self-Confidence. Bena Hartman, Mary Gregg Byrne, $15.95

Raising her hand to read in front of the class is something that Jasmine would never do. While other classmates breeze through the pages of books, Jasmine finds it difficult to read. But with the help of a special friend, Jasmine finds the confidence she needs to take a chance.


Joyful Reading: Differentiation and Enrichment for Successful Literacy Learning. Sally Reis, $33.95

An easy-to-implement program that encourages all students to read independently for a period of time during the school day on books of their own choice while supporting them in learning comprehension strategies.


A Land We Can Share: Teaching Literacy to Students with Autism. Paula Kluth, & Kelly Chandler-Olcott, $41.50

Teachers are going to love this book! Passionate and practical, it moves beyond "sight words" and other functional literacy skills and provides the know-how for bringing quality, meaningful literacy instruction to students with autism. The book focuses specifically on ways in which educators can improve literacy outcomes for students with autism spectrum disorders in Grades K–12 classrooms.

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Lift-Off for Early Literacy: Directed Reading Opportunities for Struggling Students. Charlene Iannone-Campbell & Susan Lloyd Lattimore, $65.50

As early as preschool, children who struggle with emergent literacy skills can benefit from effective response to intervention. Don't wait until later grades when they've already fallen behind—improve their literacy skills now with this evidence-based Tier 2 RTI curriculum, ready for any pre-K educator to pick up and use right away. Expertly organizing their lessons into one hands-on, step-by-step guide, the authors give teachers, SLPs, and paraprofessionals eleven complete units of small-group instruction.

Young children will love the engaging activity sets, filled with songs, stories, fingerplay, rhymes, and games that help increase their reading readiness while they have fun. And all adults involved in pre-K instruction—from teachers to classroom volunteers—will love how this curriculum helps them make the most of their classroom time and get real, measurable results. With this highly effective, teacher-friendly curriculum, pre-K educators will help struggling students achieve "literacy lift-off" as early as possible so they're ready for long-term reading success.


Literacy Beyond Picture Books: Teaching Secondary Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities. Dorothy Deny Smith, Jill Fisher DeMarco & Martha Worley, $62.50

Teaching literacy to middle school and high school students with significant disabilities can prove challenging when available reading materials often don't match students' reading levels and interests. This accessible, step-by-step guide shows teachers how to match students with appropriate texts and develop inventive themed units that encourage literacy learning. Teachers can build whole units around a selected text and create hands-on activities that engage multiple senses. This valuable resource includes sample activities and lesson plans, ideas for adapting general education materials.


Literacy Growth for Every Child: Differentiated Small Group Instruction K-6. Diane Lapp, Douglas Fisher & Thomas DeVere Wolsey, $38.95

Implementing differentiated small group instruction in K-6 classrooms — where students' abilities, needs, and interests vary widely — is challenging yet extremely important. This research based guide is packed with ideas about how to structure literacy lessons that incorporate both collaborative and needs-based small-group instruction in order to help all students succeed.

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Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners Pre-K-2. Diane Barone & Shelley Hong Xu, $45.950

Summarizing current research and weaving it into practical instructional strategies that teachers can immediately use with young English language learners (ELLs), covers all aspects of effective instruction for ELLs: oral language development and instruction, materials, word study, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, home-school connections and assessment. The volume is packed with realistic examples, lesson planning ideas, book lists, online resources, and reproducibles.


Literacy Instruction for Inclusive Classrooms. Paula Kluth & Kelly Chandler-Olcott, $15.95 (Laminated Reference Guide)

This laminated reference guide provides valuable information on how to enhance literacy instruction for all students within inclusive classroom environments. Packed with practical strategies, this guide addresses topics such as:

  • Selecting formal literacy assessments
  • Supporting family literacy
  • Building a library in your diverse classroom
  • Designing literacy stations for all students
  • Involving collaborators in literacy instruction
  • Making the most of peer support
  • Adapting the read aloud
  • Differentiating literature circles
  • Developing reading fluency

Literacy Leadership to Support Reading Improvement: Intervention Programs and Balanced Instruction. Mary Kay Moskal & Ayn Keneman, $40.50

Packed with vivid examples from actual schools, this book explores specific ways that literacy leaders can partner with teachers to meet the instructional needs of every student. It provides a range of research-based strategies for implementing effective instruction in a response-to-intervention framework. It also describes innovative interventions — including schoolwide programs and family and community initiatives — that promote success for struggling readers. Practical ideas are presented for engaging particular populations, such as boys and middle and high school students, and for supporting teachers' professional development.

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Making Assessment Matter: Using Test Results to Differentiate Reading Instruction. Nonie Lesaux & Sky Marietta, $38.95

All too often, literacy assessments are given only for accountability purposes and fail to be seen as valuable resources for planning and differentiating instruction. This clear, concise book shows K–5 educators how to implement a comprehensive, balanced assessment battery that integrates accountability concerns with data-driven instruction. Teachers learn to use different types of test scores to understand and address students' specific learning needs. The book features an in-depth case example of a diverse elementary school that serves many struggling readers and English language learners. 


Narrowing the Literacy Gap: What Works in High-Poverty Schools. Diane Barone, $45.95

This engaging book offers new insights and information on why students in high-poverty schools struggle with literacy achievement and what specific factors promote success. Findings from a unique study are translated into clear recommendations for enriching the classroom environment at different grade levels and helping all children, including English language learners, become highly skilled readers and writers. Packed with compelling observations and data, the book illustrates the realities of day-to-day life in the classroom, provides snapshots of exemplary instructional practices, and emphasizes the key role of teacher-student interactions in overcoming barriers to learning.


Next STEPS in Literacy Instruction: Connecting Assessments to Effective Interventions. Susan Smartt & Deborah Glaser, $62.50

This practical guide helps the educator do more with the valuable information gathered from literacy assessments. Next STEPS in Literacy Instruction takes the guesswork out of intervention and helps transform struggling students in to skillful readers.

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Now We Get It! Boosting Comprehension with Collaborative Strategic Reading, Grades 4-12. Janette Klinger, Alison Boardman, Elizabeth Swanson & Sharon Vaughn, $35.95

Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR) is an innovative new approach to teaching reading that weaves together two instructional programs: cooperative learning and reading comprehension strategy instruction. In small groups, students work through the four main CSR steps while helping each other improve comprehension and increase reading fluency. A proven program for improving reading skills in mixed-ability classrooms, this book offers a hands-on guide to implementing CSR in grades 4 through 12.

NOW WE GET IT includes sample dialogues for teachers to use during instruction, ready-to-use activities, a wealth of classroom-ready materials, and tips for training on CSR. Bonus web content includes a PowerPoint presentation on CSR and short video clips.



Readers Front and Center: Helping All Students Engage With Complex Text. Dorothy Barnhouse, $27.95

How can you ensure that students are fully entering, absorbing, and experiencing the texts they read? Readers Front and Center answers your comprehension questions by framing instruction that starts with the student. Filled with examples of one-on-one conferences, small groups, and whole-class scenarios, this essential book provides an accessible and inspiring model of how and why we need to put students at the front and center of our teaching.

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Reading Development and Difficulties. Kate Cain, $43.95

Reading Development and Difficulties is a comprehensive and balanced introduction to the development of the two core aspects of reading: good word reading skills and the ability to extract the overall meaning of a text.  Unique in its balanced coverage of both word reading and reading comprehension development, this book is an essential resource for comprehending literacy acquisition.


Reading Strategies for Elementary Students with Learning Difficulties: Strategies for RTI. William Bender & Martha Larkin, $71.95

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


The Reading Turn-Around: a Five-Part Framework for Differentiated Instruction. Stephanie Jones, Lane Clarke, Grace Enriquez, $40.50

This practical guide is essential reading for families of infants and toddlers with, or at risk for, developmental delays or disabilities and the early intervention professionals who partner with those families. The Early Intervention Guidebook shows what early intervention looks like when it is based on current research, policies, and best practices. It focuses on how families and professionals can collaborate effectively so that young children learn, grow, and thrive.

Chapters address important issues in early intervention, including child learning and development, family functioning and priorities, early intervention as a support not a substitute, and thinking about "what's next" after early intervention. Specific components of early intervention — evaluation and assessment, program planning, intervention implementation, service coordination, and transition — are discussed. This hands-on resource: describes the fundamental elements of early intervention for children, families, and professionals who participate in early intervention; uses stories of families in early intervention to illustrate key concepts; provides checklists that readers can use to assess their experience in early intervention; and includes national resources for families and disciplinary professionals.

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Ready to Read: a Multisensory Approach to Language-Based Comprehension Instruction. Mary Lupiani Farrell & Francie Matthews, $37.50

Comprehension is the ultimate goal of reading: it makes learning possible and determines students' long-term success across all academic subjects. This book provides guidelines for basing comprehension instruction on students' language ability and to use the popular multisensory teaching approach to help educators teach comprehension skills in ways that complement each child's learning styles.  

The book follows case histories of three students with different learning challenges and shows teachers how to adapt instruction to meet diverse needs. Educators will also get helpful recommendations for conducting formal and informal assessment of student progress in each skill area. A straightforward, reader-friendly guide to teaching comprehension, this book prepares teachers for one of their most important tasks — helping all their students make the critical leap from "learning to read" to "reading to learn."

RTI from All Sides: What Every Teacher Needs to Know. Mary Howard, $34.50

RTI from All Sides points the way toward thoughtful and effective Response to Intervention (RTI)—and away from rigid implementations. Author Mary Howard offers suggestions for instructional design, collaboration, and troubleshooting—even for avoiding mediocre RTI products. The book demonstrates how to apply the principles you trust to RTI:

  • Teaching reading and writing in authentic ways to help students choose just-right books that set them up to read in and out of school
  • Using simple, ongoing assessments to know when to intensify instruction inside and outside the regular classroom
  • Differentiating reading instruction to maintain the flow between whole-class, small-group, and one-on-one instruction while meeting specific students’ needs
  • Designing interventions to amplify instruction instead of sidelining students to skill-and-drill that takes them further from engaged, proficient reading
  • Coordinating efforts within and between instructional supports to emphasize acceleration through the targeted instruction students need to succeed.

School Success for Kids with Dyslexia & Other Reading Difficulties. Walter Dunson, $27.95

SCHOOL SUCCESS FOR KIDS WITH DYSLEXIA provides parents and teachers with goals that will meet the needs of students who are struggling with reading. It includes information, assessments, and techniques that parents, teachers, and school administrators can use immediately to foster reading success. Through an understanding of how English words are constructed, how the brain processes language, and the differences that exist between learning styles, parents and teachers will gain keen insight into the processes of reading, reading acquisition, and reading instruction.

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The Struggling Writer, Grades 3-6. Janet Angelillo, $22.95

Strategies to help kids focus, build stamina and develop writing confidence.


Taking On a Learning Disability: at the Crossroads of Special Education and Adolescent Literacy Learning.  Erin McCloskey, $63.50

In the United States, approximately 2.5 million students are diagnosed as having a learning disability and the majority of those children are placed in special education because of an inability to read as expected. As a result of this diagnosis, these children may be placed in special education classrooms — classrooms that are separate from the ‘mainstream’ population. For children with learning disabilities, there is likely no place, other than in school, where a student’s inability to read as expected leads to this separation from his/her peers. Once school is over, these children play alongside the kids in their neighborhoods, participate in sports teams, and attend community activities. This book looks at the impact of being labeled as learning disabled and separated from peers in school through the eyes of Samson, a middle school student described both as learning disabled and a non-reader. This qualitative case study explores how Samson, his family, his teachers and this researcher make sense of special education and the complexities of learning to read as an adolescent.

Through the three years that Samson was in middle school, this book investigates his perspective on his classes, his interpretation of what it means to ‘be’ a student in special education, and the process by which he learns to read. How disability gets created, contested, and discussed is highlighted through the many contexts that allow disability to be recognized and to fade into the background.


Teaching Adolescents Who Struggle with Reading: Practical Strategies. David Moore & Kathleen Hinchman, $44.85

Teaching Adolescents Who Struggle with Reading presents practical classroom strategies for teaching middle and high school students who struggle as readers and writers.

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Teaching Reading Comprehension. Alison Davis, $49.959 (Grades 3 to 8)

Teaching Reading Comprehension brings together a metacognitive approach with the principles of formative assessment to show how the decisions a teacher makes affect student achievement. Educators working in grades 3-8 will find practical information on all aspects of teaching reading comprehension.


Teaching Reading Comprehension to Students with Learning Difficulties, 2nd Edition. Janette Klinger, Sharon Vaughn & Alison Boardman, $41.50

This practitioner resource and course text has given thousands of K-12 teachers evidence-based tools for helping students — particularly those at risk for reading difficulties — understand and acquire new knowledge from text. The authors present a range of scientifically validated instructional techniques and activities, complete with helpful classroom examples and sample lessons. The book describes ways to assess comprehension, build the skills that good readers rely on, and teach students to use multiple comprehension strategies flexibly and effectively. Each chapter features thought-provoking discussion questions. Reproducible lesson plans and graphic organizers can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8½" x 11" size. New to This Edition:

  • Chapters on content-area literacy, English language learners, and intensive interventions
  • Incorporates current research on each component of reading comprehension
  • Discusses ways to align instruction with the Common Core State Standards
  • Additional instructional activities throughout

Teaching Reading to Struggling Learners. Esther Minskoff, $46.50

Identifying the best way to help students who struggle with reading — whether they have learning disabilities, are English language learners, or just need extra support — is a challenge for any teacher. Schools can make that task easier with this indispensable resource, a complete guide to addressing each student's specific instructional needs and teaching reading skills side-by-side with critical language and thinking skills. Approaching literacy development as a complex process that unfolds over time, this book gives educators the guidance they need to help students continuously advance and deepen their reading skills — not just in the early grades, but into the upper grades as well. Readers will learn how to teach the skills identified in the Reading First initiative: phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension

All the suggested ideas and approaches are evidence-based or identified as best practices in reading, so educators can use them with confidence in their classrooms. Equally effective as a text for pre-service educators, a manual for in-service teachers, and a resource for administrators wrestling with different approaches to reading instruction, this in-depth, accessible book will lead to sharper skills and better outcomes for a wide range of struggling learners.

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Teaching Struggling Readers with Poetry, Grades 1-3. Maria Walther & Carol Fuhler, $26.99

Engaging poems with mini-lessons that target and teach phonics, sight words, fluency and more — laying the foundation for reading success.


Teaching Struggling Readers to Tackle Math Word Problems, Grades 3-5. Audrey Trapolsi, et al, $14.99

Effective strategies and practice pages that help kids develop the skills they need to read and solve math word problems.


Teaching Word Recognition: Effective Strategies for Students with Learning Difficulties, 2nd Edition. Rollanda O'Connor, $41.50

This highly regarded teacher resource synthesizes the research base on word recognition and translates it into step-by-step instructional strategies, with special attention to students who are struggling. Chapters follow the stages through which students progress as they work toward skilled reading of words. Presented are practical, evidence-based techniques and activities that target letter-sound pairings, decoding and blending, sight words, multisyllabic words, and fluency. Ideal for use in primary-grade classrooms, the book also offers specific guidance for working with older children who are having difficulties. New to this edition:

  • Incorporates the latest research on word recognition and its connections to vocabulary, reading fluency, and comprehension
  • Chapter on morphological (meaning-based) instruction
  • Chapter on English language learners
  • Instructive "Try This" activities at the end of each chapter for teacher study groups and professional development

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Teaching Writing in the Inclusive Classroom: Strategies and Skills for All Students, Grades 6 – 12. Roger Passman & Katherine McKnight, $32.99

Filled with fifty engaging activities, this hands-on resource is an important and valuable tool that can supplement any teacher's approach to writing instruction. Teaching Writing in the Inclusive Classroom offers strategies based on the proven TIP Writing Process that is designed to individualize the writing process by focusing on the specific needs of each student within the classroom.


Teaching Writing in Mixed-Language Classrooms, Grades K-5. Joanne Yatvin, $24.99

Powerful writing strategies to help all students develop the skills they need to write with confidence.


Teaching Writing to Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic Learners. Donovan R. Walling, $47.50

Are your picture-smart, music-smart, and body-smart learners lagging behind their word-smart and number-smart peers? Donovan Walling offers innovative new ways to help these learners become effective writers! With an emphasis on matching teaching method to learning style and developing both basic writing competencies and higher-level thinking skills, this resource offers instructional strategies, sample lessons, a learning styles self-assessment. This is an essential resource for teachers, literacy coaches, and curriculum designers who want to expand writing curriculum and incorporate more non-linear methods into their instructional repertoires.

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25 Essential Language Arts Strategies to Help Striving Readers Succeed. Michael Opitz & Roland Schendel, $21.99

Strategies to engage your striving and uncertain readers and to provide the thoughtful scaffolding they need to achieve reading proficiency.


What Really Matters for Struggling Readers: Designing Research-Based Programs, 3rd Edition. Richard Allington, $58.50

What Really Matters for Struggling Readers delivers a concise and balanced introduction to reading remediation and intervention programs and the topic of struggling readers. This revised edition continues to focus on helping teachers design reading remediation and intervention programs around well-established reality and research-based components.


Writing Assessment and Instruction for Students with Learning Disabilities, Grades K-12. Nancy Mather, Barbara Wendling & Rhia Roberts, $41.95

Research-based, classroom-tested strategies to help students of all ability levels improve writing skills. Includes 100+ student writing samples with guidelines for analysis.

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Complete Booklist

Differentiated Literacy Instruction for Struggling and Reluctant Readers

Autism and Reading Comprehension: Ready-to-Use Lesson Plans for Teachers. Joseph Porter, $40.95

The Big Book of Differentiated Reading Response Activities, Grades 2-3. Rhonda Graff, $20.99

Book Buddies: a Tutoring Framework for Struggling Readers, 2nd Edition. Francine Johnston, et al, $51.50 Grades K-3

Bringing The Outside In: Visual Ways To Engage Reluctant Readers. Sara Kajder, $27.95

Catching Readers Before They Fall: Supporting Readers Who Struggle, K-4.  Pat Johnson & Katie Keier, $32.95

Classrooms That Work: They Can All Read and Write, 6th Edition. Patricia Cunningham & Richard Allington, $65.75

Developing Language and Literacy: Effective Intervention in the Early Years. Julia Carroll, Claudine Bowyer-Crane, Fiona Duff, Charles Hulme & Margaret Snowling, $64.95

Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems. Darrell Morris, $49.95

Differentiating Instruction with Menus for the Inclusive Classroom: Language Arts, Grades 3-5. Laurie Westphal, $30.95

Drawing a Blank: Improving Comprehension for Readers on the Autism Spectrum. Emily Iland, $42.95

Effective Instruction for Middle School Students with Reading Difficulties: the Reading Teacher’s Sourcebook. Carolyn Denton, et al, $72.50 (grades 6-8)

Effective Instruction for Struggling Readers, K to 6. Barbara Taylor, $36.95

Empowering Struggling Readers: Practices for the Middle Grades. Leigh Hall, Leslie Burns & Elizabeth Carr Edwards, $41.50

The ESL/ELL Teacher's Book of Lists, 2nd Edition. Jacqueline Kress, $37.95

Executive Skills and Reading Comprehension: a Guide for Educators. Kelly Cartwright, $44.50

Extra Practice for Struggling Readers: High-Frequency Words, Grades 3-6. Linda Ward Beech, $16.99

Extra Practice for Struggling Readers: Phonics, Grades 3-6. Linda Ward Beech, $16.99

Extra Practice for Struggling Readers: Word Study, Grades 3-6. Linda Ward Beech, $16.99

Finding the Right Texts: What Works for Beginning and Struggling Readers. Edited by E. Hiebert & M. Sailors, $45.95

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Helping Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder Express their Thoughts and Knowledge in Writing: Tips and Exercises for Developing Writing Skills. Elise Geither & Lisa Meeks, $33.95

How to Plan Differentiated Reading Instruction: Resources for Grades K-3, 2nd Edition. Sharon Walpole & Michael McKenna, $44.50

How to Reach and Teach All Children through Balanced Literacy. Sandra Rief & Julie Heimburge, $32.95 (Grades 3 to 8)

“I Hate To Write!” Cheryl Boucher & Kathy Oehler, $34.50

Instruction and Assessment for Struggling Writers: Evidence-Based Practices. Edited by Gary Troia, $57.95

Interventions for Reading Problems: Designing and Evaluating Effective Strategies. Edward Dalyl, $49.95

Interventions for Reading Success, 2nd Edition. D. Haager, J. Dimino & M. Windmueller, $86.95 (K to 3)

Jasmine Can: Creating Self-Confidence. Bena Hartman, Mary Gregg Byrne, $15.95

Joyful Reading: Differentiation and Enrichment for Successful Literacy Learning. Sally Reis, $339.95

A Land We Can Share: Teaching Literacy to Students with Autism. Paula Kluth, & Kelly Chandler-Olcott, $41.505

Lift-Off for Early Literacy: Directed Reading Opportunities for Struggling Students. Charlene Iannone-Campbell & Susan Lloyd Lattimore, $65.50

Literacy Beyond Picture Books: Teaching Secondary Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities. Dorothy Deny Smith, Jill Fisher DeMarco & Martha Worley, $62.50

Literacy Growth for Every Child: Differentiated Small Group Instruction K-6. Diane Lapp, Douglas Fisher & Thomas DeVere Wolsey, $38.95

Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners Pre-K-2. Diane Barone & Shelley Hong Xu, $45.95

Literacy Instruction for Inclusive Classrooms. Paula Kluth & Kelly Chandler-Olcott, $15.95 (Laminated Reference Guide)

Literacy Leadership to Support Reading Improvement: Intervention Programs and Balanced Instruction. Mary Kay Moskal & Ayn Keneman, $40.50

Making Assessment Matter: Using Test Results to Differentiate Reading Instruction. Nonie Lesaux & Sky Marietta, $38.95

Narrowing the Literacy Gap: What Works in High-Poverty Schools. Diane Barone, $45.95

Next STEPS in Literacy Instruction: Connecting Assessments to Effective Interventions. Susan Smartt& Deborah Glaser, $62.50

Now We Get It! Boosting Comprehension with Collaborative Strategic Reading, Grades 4-12. Janette Klinger, Alison Boardman, Elizabeth Swanson & Sharon Vaughn, $35.95

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Readers Front and Center: Helping All Students Engage With Complex Text. Dorothy Barnhouse, $27.95

Reading Development and Difficulties. Kate Cain, $43.95

Reading Strategies for Elementary Students with Learning Difficulties: Strategies for RTI. William Bender & Martha Larkin, $71.95

The Reading Turn-Around: a Five-Part Framework for Differentiated Instruction. Stephanie Jones, Lane Clarke, Grace Enriquez, $40.50

Ready to Read: a Multisensory Approach to Language-Based Comprehension Instruction. Mary Lupiani Farrell & Francie Matthews, $37.50

RTI from All Sides: What Every Teacher Needs to Know. Mary Howard, $34.50

School Success for Kids with Dyslexia & Other Reading Difficulties. Walter Dunson, $27.95

The Struggling Writer, Grades 3-6. Janet Angelillo, $22.95

Taking On a Learning Disability: at the Crossroads of Special Education and Adolescent Literacy Learning.  Erin McCloskey, $63.50

Teaching Adolescents Who Struggle with Reading: Practical Strategies. David Moore & Kathleen Hinchman, $44.85

Teaching Reading Comprehension. Alison Davis, $49.95 (Grades 3 to 8)

Teaching Reading Comprehension to Students with Learning Difficulties, 2nd Edition. Janette Klinger, Sharon Vaughn & Alison Boardman, $41.50

Teaching Reading to Struggling Learners. Esther Minskoff, $46.50

Teaching Struggling Readers with Poetry, Grades 1-3. Maria Walther & Carol Fuhler, $26.99

Teaching Struggling Readers to Tackle Math Word Problems, Grades 3-5. Audrey Trapolsi, et al, $14.99

Teaching Word Recognition: Effective Strategies for Students with Learning Difficulties, 2nd Edition. Rollanda O'Connor, $41.50

Teaching Writing in the Inclusive Classroom: Strategies and Skills for All Students, Grades 6 – 12. Roger Passman & Katherine McKnight, $32.99

Teaching Writing in Mixed-Language Classrooms, Grades K-5. Joanne Yatvin, $24.99

Teaching Writing to Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic Learners. Donovan R. Walling, $47.50

25 Essential Language Arts Strategies to Help Striving Readers Succeed. Michael Opitz & Roland Schendel, $21.99

What Really Matters for Struggling Readers: Designing Research-Based Programs, 3rd Edition. Richard Allington, $58.50

Writing Assessment and Instruction for Students with Learning Disabilities, Grades K-12. Nancy Mather, Barbara Wendling & Rhia Roberts, $41.95

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Other Classroom Literacy booklists: Literacy Assessment & Evaluation; Literacy Instruction for Adolescent & Adult Learners; Multisensory & Activity-Based Literacy Instruction; Reading & Writing; Theory & Programming Resources.

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