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Early Intervention for Reading Difficulties: The Interactive Strategies Approach, Second Edition
Scanlon, Donna M., Kimberly L. Anderson, and Joan M. Sweeney
The Guilford Press / Softcover / 2016-12-01 / 1462528090
Language and Literacy
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434 pages
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Grounded in a strong evidence base, this indispensable text and practitioner guide has given thousands of teachers tools to support the literacy growth of beginning and struggling readers in grades K–2. The interactive strategies approach (ISA) is organized around core instructional goals related to enhancing word learning and comprehension of text. The book provides guidance for assessment and instruction in whole-class, small-group, and one-to-one settings, using the curricular materials teachers already have. Purchasers get access to a companion website where they can download and print 24 reproducible forms in a convenient 8˝" x 11" size. Of special value, the website also features more than 100 pages of additional printable forms, handouts, and picture sorts that supplement the book's content.

New to This Edition

• Incorporates the latest research on literacy development and on the ISA.
• Describes connections to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
• Explains how to use the ISA with English learners.
• Chapter on fluency.
• Expanded coverage of morphological knowledge.
• Companion website with downloadable reproducible tools and extensive supplemental materials.

Table of Contents:

I. A Comprehensive Approach to Early Intervention
1. The Interactive Strategies Approach
2. Responsive Instruction
3. Motivation to Read and Write

II. Learning the Alphabetic Code
4. Purposes and Conventions of Print
5. Phonological Awareness
6. Letter Naming and Letter Formation
7. Letter–Sound Association
8. The Alphabetic Principle and the Alphabetic Code—Early Development
9. Phonograms and Word Families
10. The Alphabetic Principle and the Alphabetic Code—Later Development
11. Morphological Units and Multisyllabic Words

III. Word Learning
12. Strategic Word Learning
13. High-Frequency Word Learning

IV. Meaning Construction
14. Fluency
15. Vocabulary and Oral Language Development
16. Comprehension and General Knowledge

V. Implementing Intensified Instruction
17. Small-Group and One-to-One Intervention
18. Revisiting and Concluding

About the Authors:

Donna M. Scanlon, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Literacy Teaching and Learning at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Dr. Scanlon has spent most of her career studying children’s reading difficulties. Her studies have focused on the relationships between instructional characteristics and success in learning to read and on developing and evaluating approaches to preventing and remediating reading difficulties. Findings from studies that she and her colleagues conducted contributed to the emergence of response to intervention as a process for preventing reading difficulties and avoiding inappropriate and inaccurate learning disability classifications. Most recently, Dr. Scanlon’s work has focused on the development of teacher knowledge and teaching skill among both preservice and inservice teachers for the purpose of helping teachers to prevent reading difficulties in young children and remediate reading difficulties among older children.

Kimberly L. Anderson, PhD, is Assistant Professor at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, where she teaches K-2 literacy methods courses in the Department of Literacy Studies, English Education, and History Education. Her current research focuses on improving small-group, supported literacy instruction in the kindergarten classroom and the relationships between teacher knowledge, teacher practice, and student outcomes with regard to the foundations of reading development. Dr. Anderson worked for several years as a research associate at the Child Research and Study Center, University at Albany, and has contributed to the research on the Interactive Strategies Approach (ISA) by serving as an intervention teacher in an early study; by providing professional development for teachers learning to implement the ISA in the early primary grades in both classroom and intervention settings; and by collaborating with preservice educators from institutions across New York State on enhancing preservice teacher knowledge related to early literacy development and instruction.

Joan M. Sweeney, MSEd, is a Reading/Literacy Specialist in the North Colonie Central School District in Latham, New York. Previously, she was a research associate in the Child Research and Study Center, University at Albany, where she provided intervention for struggling readers, supervised intervention teachers, and coached classroom teachers utilizing the ISA to support children’s literacy development.

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