When Kids Can't Read, what Teachers Can Do: A Guide for Teachers, 6-12

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Pearson Education Canada, 2003 - Education - 392 pages
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For Kylene Beers, the question of what to do when kids can't read surfaced abruptly in 1979 when she began teaching. That year, she discovered that some of the students in her seventh-grade language arts classes could pronounce all the words, but couldn't make any sense of the text. Others couldn't even pronounce the words. And that was the year she met a boy named George.

George couldn't read. When George's parents asked her to explain what their son's reading difficulties were and what she was going to do to help, Kylene, a secondary certified English teacher with no background in reading, realized she had little to offer the parents, even less to offer their son. That defining moment sent her on a twenty-three-year search for answers to that original question: how do we help middle and high schoolers who can't read?

Now in her critical and practical text When Kids Can't Read - What Teachers Can Do: A Guide for Teachers 6-12, Kylene shares what she has learned and shows teachers how to help struggling readers with

  • comprehension
  • vocabulary
  • fluency
  • word recognition
  • motivation
Here, Kylene offers teachers the comprehensive handbook they've needed to help readers improve their skills, their attitudes, and their confidence. Filled with student transcripts, detailed strategies, reproducible material, and extensive booklists, this much-anticipated guide to teaching reading both instructs and inspires.

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User Review  - benuathanasia - LibraryThing

This is my second time reading this. It's exceptionally readable, varying appropriately between conversational, anecdotal, and scholarly. It offers a great deal of research alongside personal ... Read full review

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User Review  - crimsonsonata - LibraryThing

Summary: Many middle and high school teachers are understandably confused about what to do when confronted with a student whose reading or comprehension levels are very low. Kylene Beers lays out many ... Read full review


A Defining Moment
Creating Independent Readers
Assessing Dependent Readers Needs

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About the author (2003)

KYLENE BEERS, Ed.D., is a Senior Reading Reseacher in the Child Study Center at Yale University. A former middle school teacher, Kylene has turned her commitment to helping struggling readers into the major focus of her research, writing, speaking, and teaching. She is the current editor of Voices from the Middle, the journal of the National Council of Teachers of English

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