Struggling readers, capable learners: literacy development for middle years students

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2011-08-23

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Robinson, Kristen

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This project provides a synthesis of what is known about the challenges, lived experience and potential of struggling readers in middle school. This group of adolescent learners, sometimes called “treatment resistors” in the literature, often has been viewed from a deficit perspective and frequently has experienced unsuccessful remedial interventions to address their difficulties with the decoding and comprehension of text. Teachers require information about this complex, multi-faceted problem in order to participate effectively in developing solutions for this group of at-risk students. This project includes three components: a review of the literature that is foundational to this topic, a PowerPoint presentation with accompanying activities designed for middle school teachers and a rationale on the nature and design of the PowerPoint.

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struggling readers, literacy, multiple lenses

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