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Teaching Reading Comprehension to Students With Learning Difficulties 2nd Edition

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This practitioner resource and course text has given thousands of K–12 teachers evidence based tools for helping students—particularly those at risk for reading difficulties—understand and acquire new knowledge from text.

The authors present a range of scientifically validated instructional techniques and activities, complete with helpful classroom examples and sample lessons.

The book describes ways to assess comprehension; build the skills that good readers rely on; and teach students to use multiple comprehension strategies flexibly and effectively.

Each chapter features thought provoking discussion questions. Reproducible lesson plans and graphic organizers can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2’‘ x 11’‘ size.

New to This Edition
*Chapters on content area literacy, English language learners, and intensive interventions.
*Incorporates current research on each component of reading comprehension.
*Discusses ways to align instruction with the Common Core State Standards.
*Additional instructional activities throughout.


1. Overview of Reading Comprehension
2. Assessing Reading Comprehension
3. Vocabulary Instruction
4. Instructional Practices That Promote Reading Comprehension
5. Promoting Content Area Literacy
6. Supporting English Language Learners with Learning Difficulties
7. Intensive Interventions for Students with Significant Reading Comprehension Difficulties
8. Multicomponent Approaches to Strategy Instruction



‘‘I recommend this book for undergraduate and graduate students and practicing teachers who work with students who struggle to understand or learn from text. The second edition is updated with valuable discussions of implementing the Common Core State Standards, evidence based practices for English language learners, and the distinction between disciplinary literacy and content area literacy.’‘—Barbara Foorman, PhD, Francis Eppes Professor of Education and Director, Florida Center for Reading Research, Florida State University

‘‘There are many good books out there on reading comprehension, and many about students who struggle in learning to read. This book is so welcome—so indispensable—because it manages to address both issues well and at once. If you want to know how to successfully teach struggling readers to understand and appreciate what they are reading, this is the book you have been waiting for.’‘—Timothy Shanahan, PhD, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of  Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois at Chicago

‘‘As a busy teacher, when I read a book, I want it to be full of useful research and activities that I can implement easily and immediately. Teaching Reading Comprehension to Students with Learning Difficulties is just that kind of book. It offers relevant information—organized in a very accessible fashion—that has helped make me a better teacher.’‘—Jasmine McGarr, MSEd, elementary resource teacher, St. Vrain Valley School District, Longmont, Colorado

The Authors

Janette K. Klingner, PhD, until her death in 2014, was Professor of Bilingual Special Education at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her principal areas of research were reading comprehension strategy instruction in diverse, inclusive secondary science and social studies classes; professional development that enhances teacher quality in diverse, inclusive classrooms; response to intervention for English language learners; and the disproportionate representation of students of color in special education. She authored or coauthored more than 130 articles, books, and book chapters. Dr. Klingner was past president of the Division of Learning Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Vice President of the International Academy for Research on Learning Disabilities, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Learning Disabilities. She was a recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Distinguished Researcher Award from the Special Education Research Special Interest Group of AERA.

Sharon Vaughn, PhD, holds the H. E. Hartfelder/Southland Corporation Regents Chair in Human Development at the University of Texas at Austin and is Executive Director of the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk. She has written numerous books and research articles that address the reading and social outcomes of students with learning difficulties, and is currently investigating effective interventions for students with reading difficulties and students who are English language learners. Dr. Vaughn has served as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Learning Disabilities and Coeditor of Learning Disabilities Research and Practice. She has received the Career Research Award from the CEC, the Distinguished Researcher Award from the Special Education Research Special Interest Group of AERA, the Career Excellence Award from the University of Texas, and the Albert J. Harris Award from the International Reading Association.

Alison Boardman, PhD, is Assistant Research Professor in the School of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she conducts reading intervention research and teaches courses on differentiating instruction for diverse learners. Her research interests include interventions for struggling readers, meeting the needs of diverse learners in general education classrooms, and providing effective professional development and coaching. Dr. Boardman was previously a special education teacher in pull out and inclusion settings in elementary and middle school.



Author: Klingner et al  Pub 2015 USA   Pbk  226


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