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“The book's major strengths are its ease of use and the range of approaches to address many different reading issues. You can read straight through for a host of ideas, or you can pinpoint exactly which kind of strategy to explore.”

—Kristie Mary Betts, English Teacher

Peak to Peak High School, Lafayette, CO

“Bottom line: This book is reader friendly! Teachers in the content areas can quickly and easily find specific ideas to help students.”

—Barbara L. Townsend, Reading Specialist

Elkhorn Area School District, WI

Help for students who are overwhelmed, feel confused, can't remember, lack language skills, or just don't get it.

In today's era of accountability, teachers are expected to help all secondary students understand complex concepts and ideas and demonstrate proficiency on high-stakes tests. To promote success for struggling ...

Preview and Preteach Critical Concepts and Vocabulary
Preview and preteach critical concepts and vocabulary

Repetition is the mother of studies.

—Latin Proverb

Struggling readers need to hear important concepts and vocabulary explained and discussed several times and in multiple ways before they can make connections and construct new knowledge. Once is never enough. Some struggling readers also need a short preview or actual preteaching of key concepts and critical vocabulary before beginning a unit in the classroom. They may also need booster opportunities for additional practice and review once they have experienced the in-class lesson (e.g., afterschool tutoring or homework help). These opportunities increase the likelihood that struggling readers will understand and retain new information. Here are some options for achieving this goal:

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