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Reading Strategies for Elementary Students With Learning Difficulties: Strategies for RTI, 2nd Edition

Reading Strategies for Elementary Students With Learning Difficulties: Strategies for RTI, 2nd Edition

Author(s): William N. Bender, Martha J. Larkin
ISBN13: 9781412960694
ISBN10: 141296069X
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
Publisher: Corwin Press
Year Publish: 2009 January

"The authors have taken a huge amount of research and information, digested it, and organized it into clearly arranged, practical, readable, usable work. This book balances information, suggestions, and examples with reflective exercises that are practical and valuable. It also gives tons of Web sites and resources for more useful tools and tips."
Mary Guerrette, Director of Special Education
Maine School Administrative District #1, ME

A one-stop source of proven reading strategies to use with RTI!

This second edition of a best-selling resource helps general and special education teachers integrate approaches for strengthening reading skills with procedures for Response to Intervention (RTI). Based on the latest research, these practical instructional strategies can be used with students with learning disabilities of any kind as well as with any student who struggles in reading.

This resource provides highly effective strategies for elementary and middle school reading instruction and includes RTI case studies that show how the strategies work within an RTI framework. Focusing on the critical areas of reading instruction identified in the National Reading Panel’s report, this book helps educators:

  • Implement early literacy and brain-compatible reading instruction and assessment
  • Develop phonological and phonemic instruction
  • Promote effective progress monitoring in reading
  • Build vocabulary and reading fluency
  • Boost reading comprehension, especially in the content areas


This vital resource provides teachers with a ready reference of interventions to provide targeted reading instruction for students with learning difficulties.

About The Authors:
William N. Bender began his career by teaching eighth- and ninth-grade students in the public schools. Since he has been in higher education, he has published over 60 research articles and eleven books in special education and education. He specializes in instructional strategies and disciplinary strategies for all students—particularly students with disabilities such as learning disabilities—emotional disturbance, and attention disorders in the general education classroom. Bender is recognized as a national leader on instructional tactics, as well as in distance education. His combination of practical strategies and easy humor leads to a demand for numerous workshops each year on various topics in education. He earned his PhD from the University of North Carolina in 1983.

Martha J. Larkin taught public school students in general education and special education at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels for several years before beginning a career in higher education. She has authored and coauthored 17 journal articles, 10 book and monograph chapters, and 5 research reports and commissioned papers in education and special education. She specializes in instructional strategies, particularly for students with learning disabilities. Her specific teaching and research interests include scaffolded instruction, content enhancement, learning strategies, graphic organizers, and grading rubrics. She especially enjoys pursuing these interests in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. She earned her PhD from the University of Alabama in 1999.