Learning to read is a complex task and some children struggle to become successful readers. The research and instructional literature has told us that Grade 3 is a critical benchmark for determining whether kids will become successful readers. That literature has also told us that kids must master a range of skills: phonological awareness, phonics/decoding, spelling, vocabulary, comprehension and fluency. On my T.A.L.K. blog ( http://frantoomeytalk.blogspot.com/ ) I have focused on age 3 to grade 3 language/literacy development, especially for kids who have learning challenges.
Over the next few months, I will focus here on the reading/literacy skills kids need and CAN develop in grades 4-8. I will begin with comprehension, then address vocabulary, and then fluency. In those blogs I will consider the role of oral language and writing/spelling as well as reading.
I am going to use an ABC’s format.
A for About. Offering an annotated bibliography of research and literature from expert researchers/practitioners, I’ll highlight those authors who have influenced my work and/or have widespread acknowledgement as experts.
B for Begin. Using those annotated sources, I’ll highlight ones that offer a place for teachers, special educators and parents to begin an instructional process.
C for Commitment. Using A and B sources, I’ll map out a substantial teaching sequence for some of those sources, with goals and objectives, instructional ideas and ….tools for progress monitoring.