Research & Links
Recommended books and articles supporting Nancy's evidence-based approach to the teaching of reading, spelling and writing, along with Nancy's "Ladder of Reading" infographic.
Infographic: Nancy's "Ladder of Reading"
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"This is a fabulous graphic. It ranks with the reading rope. I think it is great for several reasons. It is clear. It is correct. And the portion along the far right that notes that even the children at the top of the heap benefit from systematic instruction. Everyone does better. That is a critical message."
Download Nancy's "Ladder of Reading" in .PDF format, including a helpful primer on"What is structured literacy"
Download the statistics underpinning Nancy Young’s infographic. This chart was originally published in the eXaminer, Volume 7, Issue 3 (July 2018), copyright by the International Dyslexia Association, Inc. (DyslexiaIDA.org). Used with permission.
Articles & presentations referencing Nancy's Ladder of Reading
Why do some children learn to read without explicit teaching?
(includes Nancy's Ladder of Reading)
VIDEO: The Reading League – The Science of Reading: An Overview (by Dr. Jan Hasbrouck), Nancy's Ladder of Reading at 17:14
Jan Hasbrouck, Ph.D.
JH Educational Services
Thank you Nancy Young for creating this wonderful infographic! Informative, ACCURATE, easily interpreted and engaging!
The need to teach structured literacy in all K to 3 classrooms:
The instructional needs of students with dyslexia:
"This approach not only helps students with dyslexia, but there is substantial evidence that it is more effective for all readers.”
IDA Fact Sheet on Structured Literacy – Effective Reading Instruction for Students with Dyslexia.
A "Made in Canada" evidence-based toolkit:
The need to include more movement in the classroom (grounding why we need to weave movement into reading/spelling mastery):
The need for teachers to learn more about the English code and how to teach it:
Canadian research in which movement was incorporated into lessons which directly taught the English alphabetic code ('lively/"playful" active learning'):
Teaching Writing in Kindergarten
RECENTLY RECOMMENDED BY NANCY (Feb. 2020)
Berninger, V., Wolf, B. (2009). Teaching Students with Dyslexia and Dysgraphia: Lessons from Teaching and Science. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brooks Publishing. (Amazon.ca) (Amazon.com)
Quigley, Alex (2018). Closing the Vocabulary Gap. New York, NY: Routledge. (Amazon.ca)
Siegel, L. (2016). Not Stupid, Not Lazy: Understanding Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities. Baltimore, MD: International Dyslexia Association. (International Dyslexia Association)
Other online reports & papers (links current at February 2018):
Additional online resources (links current at February 2018):
The Reading League
Five From Five
Links below contain Nancy's presentations at recent events. For some, there are also supporting materials such as a Glossary, Practicing Phonemic Awareness, Resources, and more!
Lots happening in the year ahead!
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