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Comprehensive Literacy for All

Comprehensive Literacy for All New

Teaching Students with Significant Disabilities to Read and Write
Authors: Karen A. Erickson Ph.D., David A. Koppenhaver Ph.D.

ISBN: 978-1-59857-657-3
Pages: 264
Copyright: 2020
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Size:  7.0 x 10.0
Stock Number:  76573
Format:  Paperback
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Literacy improves lives—and with the right instruction and supports, all students can learn to read and write.That's the core belief behind this teacher-friendly handbook, your practical guide to providing comprehensive, high–quality literacy instruction to students with significant disabilities. Drawing on decades of classroom experience, the authors present their own innovative model for teaching students with a wide range of significant disabilities to read and write print in grades preK–12 and beyond. Foundational teaching principles blend with concrete strategies, step-by-step guidance, and specific activities, making this book a complete blueprint for helping students acquire critical literacy skills they'll use inside and outside the classroom.

An essential resource for educators, speech-language pathologist, and parents—and an ideal text for courses that cover literacy and significant disabilities—this book will help you ensure that all students have the reading and writing skills they need to unlock new opportunities and reach their potential.

Discover 10 success factors for helping students with significant disabilities become literate
Teach emergent readers and writers skillfully, with evidence-based strategies for shared and independent reading, early writing instruction, and alphabetic and phonological awareness
Help students acquire conventional literacy skills, with adaptable strategies for teaching reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing, decoding, and spelling
Organize and deliver comprehensive literacy instruction in a variety of settings, both inside and outside of school
Use assistive technology effectively to support reading, writing, and communication
Engage and motivate students and make literacy instruction meaningful to their everyday lives

PRACTICAL MATERIALS: Sample teaching scenarios and dialogues, how-to strategies, and downloadable resources, including sample lessons, a quick-guide to key literacy terms, lesson sequences, and flowcharts to guide instruction.
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by Susan Norwell MA, ATCAP
on 1/5/2020
A Must Read
The main premise of this powerful book are the words of David Yoder: “No one is too anything to learn to read and write.” The authors systematically support this life-altering premise for those with severe disabilities with nuggets of research, specific strategies and stories of individuals that made me smile. 

A must read for anyone teaching reading or anyone who should be teaching reading to those too often left behind. 

Comprehensive Literacy for All will accompany me to every IEP meeting and school consult from now on.  The many kiddos with Rett Syndrome and other complex disabilities say “Thank You!"

Co-Founder of Rett University
by Erin Sheldon
on 12/20/2019
The most important book you will read
This is the most valuable book for anyone who supports or teaches someone with significant disabilities. Whether you are a teacher, a speech pathologist, or a parent, you will get three things from this book:

WHY literacy instruction is an essential life skill for EVERY student. 

WHAT instruction does each student need in order to be successful.

HOW to provide this instruction, with detailed descriptions of the specific instructional routines. 

This book has the potential to transform special education by replacing narrow, rote lessons with powerful, effective,  comprehensive instruction for EVERY students. 

This book gives me a roadmap of what literacy instruction can look like for my teenage daughter, long after she leaves the school system. It gives me explicit strategies to ensure that we continue to provide opportunities for her to communicate, read, and write for relevant, important reasons. Teaching her literacy is hard work. This book makes it easier and tells me how.
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About the Downloads
About the Authors
Foreword —David E. Yoder

Section I Core Understandings
Chapter 1 All Children Can Learn to Read and Write: A Theoretical Rationale
Chapter 2 Establishing the Environment for Successful Literacy Learning

Section II Building a Foundation
Chapter 3 Alphabet Knowledge and Phonological Awareness
Chapter 4 Emergent Reading
Chapter 5 Emergent Writing

Section III Learning to Read and Write
Chapter 6 Comprehensive Literacy Instruction: A Research-Based Framework
Chapter 7 Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Instruction
Chapter 8 Self-Directed Reading: Supporting Motivation and Fluency
Chapter 9 Writing
Chapter 10 Decoding, Word Identification, and Spelling

Section IV Implementation
Chapter 11 Using Assistive Technology Effectively to Support Literacy
Chapter 12 Organizing and Delivering Effective Instruction