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Teaching the Brain to Read

Strategies for Improving Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension

Teaching the Brain to Read by Judy Willis
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At last, here’s a book that extends brain-friendly teaching practices to the teaching of reading, with specific activities and lessons that ensure students learn the reading process. Neurologist and middle school teacher Judy Willis connects what you do in the classroom to what happens in the brain when students learn how to read, including:

* Why a classroom has to be safe and supportive in order to overcome barriers to reading fluency

* How to jumpstart students who are not well prepared for reading with activities that build phonemic awareness

* Why helping students identify and use patterns is vital to effective reading instruction

* How to enhance students’ vocabulary processing by relating to their learning styles and prior knowledge, and engaging them in multisensory learning

* Why strategies for teaching reading comprehension need to change with each step of the comprehension process

With each revelation about the neurology of reading instruction, Willis provides whole-class and individualized activities, lessons, and units that you can use in every grade and subject to help all students become better readers.

ASCD; August 2008
194 pages; ISBN 9781416607946
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Title: Teaching the Brain to Read
Author: Judy Willis