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General Reading &
Writing Resources

Recommended Books

Reading in the Brain: The Science and Evolution of a Human Invention.
Dehaene, S. (2009). (Amazon.ca
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Powerful Writing Strategies for All Students.

Harris, K. Graham, S., Mason, L., Friedlander, B. (2008). (Amazon.ca) (Amazon.com

Unlocking Literacy: Effective Decoding and Spelling Instruction (2nd ed).
Henry, M. (2010). (Amazon.ca) (Amazon.com)

The Cognitive Foundations of Reading and Its Acquisition: A Framework with Applications Connecting Teaching and Learning
Hoover, W., & Tunmer, W. (2020). (Amazon.ca) (Amazon.com)

Thinking Reading: What Every Secondary Teacher Needs to Know about Reading
Murphy, James & Dianne (2018). (Amazon.ca(Amazon.com)

Closing the Vocabulary Gap

Quigley, Alex (2018). (Amazon.ca) (Amazon.com)

Teacher's Guide to Effective Sentence Writing

Saddler, B. (2012). (Amazon.ca) (Amazon.com)

 

Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can’t, and What Can Be Done About It. Seidenberg, M. (2017). (Amazon.ca) (Amazon.com)

Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain.
Wolf, M. (2007). (
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Videos, Articles, & Reports

The HOT topic of phonemic awareness!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED VIDEO! Many teachers have shifted to explicit instruction of phonemic awareness using methods that teachers think are “science of reading” yet do not align to the science! In this video, Dr. Mark Seidenberg presents his concern about popular BUT inappropriate methods of teaching phonemic awareness. PLEASE watch! Note that he suggests inappropriate instruction may DELAY students! (Be aware that measuring the phonemic awareness skills of advanced readers will not provide accurate results. They are already reading and their PA may now be unconscious - they've moved on to more advanced skills! Don't delay their progress by giving them unnecessary instruction!)

More on Phonemic Awareness:

They say you can do phonemic awareness instruction “in the dark”, but should you? A critical evaluation of the trend toward advanced phonemic awareness training. 

Differentiation:

Differentiated Literacy Instruction: Boondoggle or Best Practice?

Individualizing Teaching in Beginning Reading

 

Writing:

Changing How Writing is Taught

 

POW Plus TREE Equals Powerful Opinion Essays

Sentence Combining

Teaching elementary school students to be effective writers: A practice guide

The Effects of Peer-Assisted Sentence-Combining: Instruction on the Writing Performance of More and Less Skilled Young Writers

Using Self-Regulated Strategy Development to Support Students Who Have “Trubol Giting Thangs Into Werds”

Writing Next: Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents in Middle and High Schools 

Writing a True Sentence: Developing Syntactical Sophistication through Sentence-level Writing Instruction

General:

Ending the Reading Wars: Reading Acquisition From Novice to Expert. 

Morphemes Matter: A Framework for Instruction. 

Read About It: Scientific Evidence for Effective Teaching of Reading

The Massive Impact of Literacy on the Brain and its Consequences for Education

Video on How the Brain Learns to Read - Dr. Stanislas Dehaene

Assessment

Understanding and Assessing Fluency (Jan Hasbrouck) 

Fluency Norms Chart (Hasbrouck & Tindal 2017 Update)


 

Websites & Online Resources

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