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Teaching Reading Strategies

Teaching Reading Strategies

Pennington Publishing

  • $ 12999


Teaching Reading Strategies (Print and eBook) is designed for non-readers or below grade level readers with low fluency, poor comprehension, and lack of decoding skills. Ideal as both Tier II or III pull-out or push-in reading intervention for remedial readers, special education students with auditory and visual processing disorders, and English-language learners. This full-year (or half-year intensive) program provides whole-class diagnostic reading assessments to pinpoint specific reading deficits for students ages eight-adult. The print version includes a digital copy (PDF) of the entire program for classroom display and interactive practice and includes FREE SHIPPING. Please add 10% shipping/handling for all purchase orders.  

"I love the assessments. The students were much more willing to try when they understood that they would work on skills they as individuals were missing. The worksheets are detailed enough to really cover the material without overwhelming the students. The program is structured so that I can easily work with a small group or individual as needed to fill instructional gaps."

Jules Stras 

Check out the Teaching Reading Strategies Introductory Video. Want to see some sample lessons? Preview This Book

Teachers describe the Teaching Reading Strategies program as...

  • User-friendly. Minimal teacher prep design with scripted direct instruction and easy-to-implement small group and individualized instruction, suitable for the beginning reading teacher as well as for the veteran reading specialist. The program includes five YouTube training videos to learn how to use each of the key program components.
  • Age-appropriate. Every resource, activity, and audio recording has been designed with older children, teenagers, and adults in mind. No primary cartoon illustrations and no juvenile reading content.
  • Research-based. Teaching Reading Strategies is a balanced reading curriculum, emphasizing phonemic awareness acquisition and systematic and explicit phonics instruction, coupled with extensive syllabication, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary development.

Get these essential resources in Teaching Reading Strategies:

Simple Program Placement

The Teaching Reading Strategies program includes three assessments to help teachers properly place students in the program: the Vowel and Consonant Sounds Phonics Assessments (audio file included), the Diagnostic Spelling Assessment (audio file included), and the Individual Fluency Assessment. 

Whole Class Instruction: Blending

The scripted sound-by-sound spelling blending instructional sequence will help students learn all of the vowel and consonant sound-spellings in just 18 weeks of instruction. 

Whole Class Instruction: Syllable Transformers and Syllabication

Students practice sound-spelling syllable transformations and syllable patterns with whole class interactive practice and syllable worksheets.

Whole Class Instruction: Comprehension Worksheets

Teaching Reading Strategies provides direct instruction and practice in reading comprehension with the SCRIP Comprehension Worksheets. Students read the 43 leveled (at third, fifth, and seventh grade) expository articles about animals apply the summarize, connect, re-think, interpret, and predict comprehension strategies to promote internal reader dialog with the text. These "talking to the text" strategies help students learn to read independently and improve reading comprehension and retention. SCRIP comprehension bookmarks help remind students of each of these key strategies.

Each article describes the physical characteristics of the animal, the animal's habitat, what the animal eats, the animal's family, interesting facts, and the status of the species (endangered or not). The writing is engaging, and students (and teachers) enjoy learning about both common and uncommon animals. Each worksheet lists five content-specific comprehension SCRIP questions in the margins next to the relevant text. The articles also highlight three vocabulary words to be defined, using the SALE (synonyms, antonyms, logic, and examples) context clue strategies.

Diagnostic Assessments

With canned reading intervention programs, teachers wind up spending too much time teaching what many of their remedial readers already know and too little time helping students practice what they do not know.

The 13 diagnostic reading assessments pinpoint the specific reading deficits for each of your students. All but the individual fluency assessment are in multiple choice format. That’s right. No time-consuming individualized testing—use Scantrons® or Grade Cam® if you wish.  Each of the 13 assessments is comprehensive and prescriptive. Everything you need to teach (or not teach) is assessed and instructional resources match every assessment item. Plus, 8 of the 13 tests include convenient audio files for easy test administration.

The 13 program assessments include…

Syllable Awareness, Syllable Rhyming, Phonemic Isolation, Phonemic Blending, Phonemic Segmenting, Alphabetic Upper and Lower Case Letter Match and Alphabetic Sequencing, Vowel Sounds Phonics Assessment, Consonant Sounds Phonics Assessment, Outlaw Words Assessment,Rimes Assessment, Sight Syllables Assessment, Diagnostic Spelling Assessment, and an Individual Fluency Assessment

All assessment data is recorded on two comprehensive reading recording matrices for simple progress monitoring.

Small Group Phonemic Awareness Workshops 

The Teaching Reading Strategies program includes extensive phonemic awareness activities which perfectly correspond with the phonemic awareness assessments. Students fill in the gaps to ensure a solid foundation for learning the phonetic code by learning to hear, identify, and manipulate the phonemes. 

The program includes short, focused phonemic awareness activities designed for small group instruction in alphabetic awareness, rhyming, syllable awareness and manipulation, phonemic isolation, blending, and segmentation.

Small Group Phonics Workshops 

Teaching Reading Strategies provides 35 quick phonics workshop activities with worksheets which exactly correspond with the vowel and consonant sounds  phonics assessments. Each of these activities and worksheets provides targeted practice and a short formative assessment to ensure mastery. Answers are provided.

Individualized Spelling Pattern Worksheets

Although the Teaching Reading Strategies program focuses on explicit and systematic phonics (decoding) instruction, teachers know that encoding (spelling instruction) is just as important for developing readers to build dexterity with the alphabetic code. 

The 102 Spelling Pattern Worksheets correspond to the Diagnostic Spelling Assessment and provide the perfect activity to keep "the rest of the class busy and productive" while you teach small group workshops. Students complete spelling sorts, rhymes, word jumbles, and brief book searches. After completing each worksheet, the students self-correct to learn from their own mistakes and complete a short formative assessment.

Small Group and Individualized Reading Fluency Practice 

Both teachers and students love the 43 expository animal fluency articles, each marked with words per line to help students monitor their own fluency progress. Fluency timing charts are provided.

Each of the 43 articles is composed in a leveled format—the first two paragraphs are at third grade reading level, the next two are at the fifth grade reading level, and the last two are at the seventh grade reading level. Slower readers get practice on controlled vocabulary and are pushed to read at the higher reading levels, once the contextual content has been established. Faster readers are challenged by the increasingly difficult multi-syllabic vocabulary.

Reading research emphasizes the effectiveness of modeled readings with repetitive practice. The Teaching Reading Strategies program provides two options for fluency practice: 1. Small group choral readings and 2. YouTube videos with modeled readings at three different speeds for each of the 43 articles. Students practice reading at their individual challenge levels along with the videos.

Reading and Spelling Game Cards 

The teacher’s guide provides 586 reading and spelling game card masters for display and interactive instruction. The cards are business card size, so they are ideal for spreading out on small surface areas (such as student desks) to play blending and spelling games. Dozens of fun games are provided to help your students practice automaticity in the alphabet, phonics, sight words, vocabulary word parts, and spelling. Sets of the Reading and Spelling Game Cards are sold separately. The game cards are heavy duty cardstock with writable surfaces to allow students to add rare sound-spellings and additional spelling words. 

Each game card set includes the following:

  • -43 animal sound-spelling vowel, vowel team, and consonant cards
  • -45 consonant blend cards
  • -60 alphabet cards (including upper and lower case with font variations)
  • -90 rimes cards with example words
  • -108 sight-spelling "outlaw" word cards
  • -60 high frequency Greek and Latin prefix and suffix cards with definitions and example words
  • -60 vowel and vowel team spelling cards
  • -90 consonant and consonant blend spelling cards
  • -30 commonly confused homonyms with context clue sentences
  • -60 most-often misspelled challenge word cards

Your students deserve the finest reading intervention program. Teaching Reading Strategies provides the tools for you to craft that program to the needs of your students. 530 pages.

Want to see some sample lessons? Preview This BookAlso check out the set of 54 Sam and Friends Phonics Books and the Reading and Spelling Game Cards. 


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