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Phonemic Awareness

"Phonemic Awareness"

By Marilyn Jager Adams, Ph.D., Barbara R. Foorman, Ph.D., Ingvar Lundberg, Ph.D., & Terri Beeler, Ed.D.

To be good readers, children need to be able to hear the sounds that make words, change sounds in words to make new words, and see the relationship between sounds. This book supplies you with over 60 exciting lessons for just that.

Learning Disabilities & Challenging Behaviors

"Learning Disabilities & Challenging Behaviors"

By Nancy Mather, Ph.D., & Sam Goldstein, Ph.D

This book uses a Building Blocks model to construct an innovative framework to help educators understand the reasons why students in K-12 struggle and then employ proven strategies to help students learn.

This book identifies ten areas important to school success (the building blocks), divided into three levels:

A detailed questionnaire for each block helps identify a student's strengths and limitations, cultivate their strengths, address the weaker areas, and develop appropriate accommodations and instructional interventions.

Writing Better

"Writing Better"

By Steve Graham, Ed.D., & Karen Harris, Ed.D.

Whether they have learning disabilities or just need extra help, struggling writers can improve their skills dramatically if they get the detailed, explicit instruction they need. This practical guidebook shows elementary school teachers how to make this systematic instruction part of their classroom.

The book provides a wide range of specific strategies that include:

  • activities for every phase of the writing process, from brainstorming and goal-setting to revising
  • guidelines on how to teach the strategies and use them across grades
  • easy-to-learn formats for students, such as mnemonic devices and short step-by-step action plans
  • exercises specially tailored for different types of writing, including stories, explanations, persuasive essays, reports, and comparisons