Strategies and Books To Help Struggling Readers

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Jul 30, 2014 2:59:42 PM

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Tips To Help

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Struggling readers can benefit from texts that have have scaffolds that help them to unpack the text.

When selecting books for these students, try to find titles that offer:

  • Interesting illustrations that provide support for struggling readers
  • Speech bubbles and illustrations that allow struggling readers multiple access points to the text
  • Beautiful illustrations that engage struggling readers
  • Photos, pictures and colorful text help to identify sequences of events
  • Colorful illustrations that hold the interest of struggling readers as they identify the characters, setting, problem, and solution
  • Charts and tables that organize information, to enhance reader's comprehension

Books Created For Struggling Readers

Texts have been created to specifically meet the needs of struggling readers. These texts offer strong visual cues that can be used to help students with reading. These books offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s fluency and comprehension skills by offering scaffolds that help understanding. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts that helps students to improve their reading skills at www.biguniverse.com

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A Very Good Year

by Eleanor Robins (author) © 2011
Read Now Bookshelf
ISBN: 9781602919808
The students of Carter High return for their senior year. These books continue the stories from Carter High Chronicles and introduce new characters. Topics are involving and pertinent to young adult readers: romance, sports, friendships, exams, work, family. In just 48-pages, struggling readers can easily complete each novel. Clay is starting quarterback for the Carter High football team. He works hard to get what he wants. Clay wants to date Kim, but she turned him down last year. When Clay helps Hank with his passes, he finds out that Kim studies with Hank’s sister. It could be the start of a very good year.

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The Civil War 1850-1876

by Saddleback Educational Publishing (author) © 2009
Read Now Bookshelf
ISBN: 9781602916906
Book features include: Four-color throughout; speech bubbles and illustrations allow struggling readers multiple access points to the text; speech bubbles (in yellow) are clearly separated from nonfiction (in blue).

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Just Be Yourself
by Eleanor Robins (author) © 2011
Read Now Bookshelf
ISBN: 9781602919730
The students of Carter High return for their senior year. These books continue the stories from Carter High Chronicles and introduce new characters. Topics are involving and pertinent to young adult readers: romance, sports, friendships, exams, work, family. In just 48-pages, struggling readers can easily complete each novel. Starting your senior year at a new school is tough. Harder still when you can’t hear some of what is said to you. Rick wanted the Carter High students to like him. He thought if they knew he wore a hearing aid, they wouldn’t want to be his friends.

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Sarah the Waitress

by Kathy Gleason (author), Patricia Ondarza (illustrator) © 2012
Read Now Bookshelf
ISBN: 9781620467992
The two characters ask and answer questions in the text of this book, and the interesting illustrations provide support for struggling readers.

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The Queen in King's Clothing

by Steve Provost (author), Nicholas Jackson (illustrator) © 2012
Read Now Bookshelf
ISBN: 9781620461884
Beautiful illustrations engage struggling readers as they learn about an Egyptian pharaoh and identify sequences of events. This history book contains informational text and an alternate perspective from the pharaoh’s close adviser.

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The Three Billy Goats Gruff

by Kathy Gleason (author), Kristen Berardi (illustrator) © 2012
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ISBN: 9781620461402
In this retelling of a classic folktale, dialogue helps readers infer character traits of the three billy goats and the mean troll. Colorful illustrations hold the interest of struggling readers as they identify the characters, setting, problem, and solution.

Important Resources For Teachers

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Teachers can utilize online teacher’s guides that save them money and precious time! Find these resources guides for professional educators at www.biguniverse.com

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Wringer Reading Guide

by Saddleback Educational Publishing (author) © 2006
Read Now Bookshelf
ISBN: 9781602915404
Struggling readers frequently lack basic reading skills and are not equipped with the prior knowledge and reading strategies to thoroughly engage in the classroom literature experience. Give your students the background and support they need to understand and enjoy literature. With these reading guides, your students will practice reading comprehension skills, sharpen their vocabulary, and learn to identify literary elements. Paperback books range in reading level from 4 to 10. Reproducible.

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Anne Frank Reading Guide

by Saddleback Educational Publishing (author) © 2006
Read Now Bookshelf
ISBN: 9781602915169
Struggling readers frequently lack basic reading skills and are not equipped with the prior knowledge and reading strategies to thoroughly engage in the classroom literature experience. Give your students the background and support they need to understand and enjoy literature. With these reading guides, your students will practice reading comprehension skills, sharpen their vocabulary, and learn to identify literary elements. Paperback books range in reading level from 4 to 10. Reproducible.

Connecting To The Common Core State Standards

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The Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level, for students in the United States. The Common Core State Standards can be found at www.corestandards.org/

This excerpt was taken from www.corestandards.org/

English Language Arts Standards » Reading: Foundational Skills » Introduction

These standards are directed toward fostering students’ understanding and working knowledge of concepts of print, the alphabetic principle, and other basic conventions of the English writing system. These foundational skills are not an end in and of themselves; rather, they are necessary and important components of an effective, comprehensive reading program designed to develop proficient readers with the capacity to comprehend texts across a range of types and disciplines. Instruction should be differentiated: good readers will need much less practice with these concepts than struggling readers will. The point is to teach students what they need to learn and not what they already know—to discern when particular children or activities warrant more or less attention.

 

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