Reading Strategies: Teaching Struggling Readers

Critical Reading Strategies for Your Students

Crucial Steps for Effectively Teaching Reading to Struggling Readers

Sometimes all it takes to help your struggling readers make dramatic improvements in their reading skills are simple tweaks to the way things are presented. Here is Reading Horizons Teacher Trainer, Shantell Berrett, discussing best practices in the process that reading is taught to beginning and struggling readers:

Here are Shantell’s tips for teaching various aspects of reading:

Letter Instruction

  1. Teach upper and lower case forms of each letter, name of letter, and sound of letter.
  2. Put the letter into a slide.
  3. Put the slide into a word.
  4. Teacher QuotePut the slide into a nonsense word.

Blend Instruction

  1. Introduce blend and it’s sound.
  2. Put blend into a slide.
  3. Put slide into a word.
  4. Put slide into a nonsense word.

Phonetic Skills

  1. Mark vowels and blends left to right underneath the word.
  2. Mark consonants working back to the vowels to figure out if it’s long or short.

Decoding Skills

  1. Mark vowels and blends left to right underneath.
  2. Use decoding skills to work through the word to divide the word into syllables.
  3. Mark consonants working back to the vowels to figure out if it’s long or short.

These processes and sequences are important because what most struggling readers lack is processing and sequence ability. The way they see words is from more of a spatial perspective. The sequence that information is presented is vital to help them rewire their brains to see words in a way that will allow them to improve their reading skills.


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