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When Kids Can't Read: What Teachers Can Do: A Guide for Teachers 6-12 / Edition 1

When Kids Can't Read: What Teachers Can Do: A Guide for Teachers 6-12 / Edition 1

by Kylene Beers, G. Kylene Beers
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For Kylene Beers, the question of what to do when kids can't read surfaced abruptly in 1979 when she began teaching. That year, she discovered that some of the students in her seventh-grade language arts classes could pronounce all the words, but couldn't make any sense of the text. Others couldn't even pronounce the words. And that was the year she met a boy named George.

George couldn't read. When George's parents asked her to explain what their son's reading difficulties were and what she was going to do to help, Kylene, a secondary certified English teacher with no background in reading, realized she had little to offer the parents, even less to offer their son. That defining moment sent her on a twenty-three-year search for answers to that original question: how do we help middle and high schoolers who can't read?

Now in her critical and practical text When Kids Can't Read - What Teachers Can Do: A Guide for Teachers 6-12, Kylene shares what she has learned and shows teachers how to help struggling readers with

  • comprehension
  • vocabulary
  • fluency
  • word recognition
  • motivation
Here, Kylene offers teachers the comprehensive handbook they've needed to help readers improve their skills, their attitudes, and their confidence. Filled with student transcripts, detailed strategies, reproducible material, and extensive booklists, this much-anticipated guide to teaching reading both instructs and inspires.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780867095197
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 10/22/2002
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 118,107
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.79(d)
Age Range: 11 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kylene Beers, Ed.D., is a former middle school teacher who has turned her commitment to adolescent literacy and struggling readers into the major focus of her research, writing, speaking, and teaching. She is author of the best-selling When Kids Can't Read/What Teachers Can Do, co-editor (with Bob Probst and Linda Rief) of Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise into Practice, and co-author (with Bob Probst) of Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading and Reading Nonfiction, Notice & Note Stances, Signposts, and Strategies all published by Heinemann. She taught in the College of Education at the University of Houston, served as Senior Reading Researcher at the Comer School Development Program at Yale University, and most recently acted as the Senior Reading Advisor to Secondary Schools for the Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College. Kylene has published numerous articles in state and national journals, served as editor of the national literacy journal, Voices from the Middle, and was the 2008-2009 President of the National Council of Teachers of English. She is an invited speaker at state, national, and international conferences and works with teachers in elementary, middle, and high schools across the US. Kylene has served as a consultant to the National Governor's Association and was the 2011 recipient of the Conference on English Leadership outstanding leader award. Kylene is now a consultant to schools, nationally and internationally, focusing on literacy improvement with her colleague and co-author, Bob Probst.

Table of Contents

A Defining Moment

Creating Independent Readers

Assessing Dependent Readers' Needs

Explicit Instruction in Comprehension

Helping Students Make Inferences

Frontloading Meaning: Pre-reading Activities

Constructing Meaning: During-Reading Activities

Extending Meaning: After-Reading Activities


Fluency and Automaticity

Word Recognition


Creating the Confidence to Respond

Finding the Right Book

A Final Letter to George Appendixes

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When Kids Can't Read: What Teachers Can Do: A Guide for Teachers 6-12 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
crimsonsonata on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: Many middle and high school teachers are understandably confused about what to do when confronted with a student whose reading or comprehension levels are very low. Kylene Beers lays out many different ways to not only understand the students who have low reading and/or comprehension levels, but also what to do to help them improve.Use and appropriateness in a HS classroom (teaching material): This book is more of an invaluable resource to teachers who are baffled about what to do when they have even just one low-level reader in their classroom. Beers provides both methods and activities to encourage better reading, including reading for enjoyment, though some activities may not be appropriate for high schoolers. Most activities can be easily adapted for different reasons, including skill level or subject differences. Many of these methods and activities are even appropriate for a whole class of mixed-level students, because what helps a low-level reader is most likely going to help out a higher-level reader as well.
cushmane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beers offers a comprehensive set of instructional materials for MS students who may struggle with reading. Based on research in cognitive and behavioral psychology, the teaching methods have been developed in years of her own classroom practice. Readable, easy to use, and great for a quick guide to reaching students.
hlsabnani on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a must have for teachers of any grade level or content area. Beers' writing is accessible and presented in an user friendly format. Her practicaly suggestions for teachers who are trying to help their students read better are succinct and easily implemented.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has so many great ideas for English teachers to use in their classrooms. I'm not a big fan of professional books, but I really liked this one. It was honest and straight to-the-point. There was also clear reasoning behind every suggestion the book made. I feel as though I could run a good classroom based on this book alone.
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ChiquisPD More than 1 year ago
Insightful writing on how teachers should rethink their teaching to upgrade literacy in this country. Essential for parents and new teachers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has definitely changed my thinking about the teaching of reading. I have read other books which began a process of change for me but this book crystallized my thinking. I finally get it and I hope to make a difference for every student.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most practical application of research into reading I have ever seen. It helps you understand the difficulties students are having and gives you specific techniques and lesson ideas to help them confront those difficulties.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has completely revolutionized the way that I teach my kids! This is a fantastic book!