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Succeeding in School: Essential Features of Literacy Development

Reading skills provide the foundation for academic success. From the beginning of school, students should be taught different ways of using language to help them learn and communicate about academic content. This brief discusses two areas of literacy development that students must learn so that they can do well in school: foundational reading skills and academic language.

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Schools & Districts
Topic: 
Beginning Reading, Vocabulary

Definition

Reading instruction on understanding how letters and groups of letters link to sounds to form letter-sound relationships and spelling patterns.

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What is Phonics? Why is it important? How should it be taught? Learn the answer to these and other questions about Phonics.

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Nadine Gaab Ph.D.
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Nadine Gaab Ph.D.
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Schools & Districts
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Screening & Identification
Topic: 
Identification

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Doing What Works

Listen to Dr. Deshler explain why some adolescents struggle with reading and the need for reliable student assessments and qualified specialists to provide intensive and individualized interventions. He also discusses why schoolwide teacher collaboration across content areas is essential for improving outcomes for struggling readers.

Topic: Interventions, Reading Disabilities, Dyslexia

Doing What Works

A reading intervention teacher, uses this vocabulary chart to provide secondary students with a structure for learning word meaning. Watch the presentation in the "See How" section of the "Intensive Intervention" collection, High School Academic Literacy Intervention Class, to see her classroom in action.

Topic: Vocabulary, Interventions, Reading Disabilities, Dyslexia

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