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Module: Helping Students Read

Introduction to the Module

This module presents key ideas, drawn from the latest research, about how students learn to read and how educators can turn students into good readers. Using this module as a guide, you’ll have enough knowledge and confidence to help teach reading as part of a student’s instructional team.

How to Use This Module

Each unit begins with a Introductory Scenario (s). This contains a scenario that highlights one of the key topics, issues, or problems the unit addresses. The scenario is designed to get you thinking about the topic in preparation for reading about it. At the end of each unit, we return to these scenarios in a section called, TAKE NOTES. This section shows how knowledge from the unit might help you better understand the scenario and how to respond to the challenge it depicts. In it, we hope you will continue to journal and take notes about what you have learned and how you will use it in the field. 

An Overview is given towards the beginning of the unit and it is to set the seen for the concepts that will be presented in the unit.  It usually has a TAKE NOTES section at the bottom. 

Towards the end of many units, there is a Content sections that provides you with a technique or skill you can use in your work to help students read. Activities for learning are usually connected to the content sections. 

Each unit concludes with a Take Notes section where you can summarize what you have learned and take it with you into the field. 

Throughout the text, you will see letters between slashes, such as /a/. The slashes are called virgules and indicate use of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) to represent sounds. You can find a helpful guide to reading and using the IPA at https://www.internationalphoneticalphabet.org/ipa-sounds/ipa-chart-with-sounds/.

Module: Helping Students Read

Remember…

All students are unique and complex beings. Their prior experiences, interests, and capacities play a role in how they learn. Even though learning to read English follows predictable steps (as you’ll see by reading this module), each child experiences a distinct reading journey. For this reason, some learning activities will be more successful than others, and success for you and your students may not be obvious immediately. It takes time!

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