Understanding The Complexities of Reading To Guide Instructional Practices
The Simple View of Reading is the belief that reading consists of two interdependent parts Decoding and Language Comprehension (Gouch & Tunmner, 1986). David A. Kilpatrick in Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties states, Numerous studies have indicated that students who receive early systematic phonics instruction have better reading comprehension at the end of the second and third grades (Foorman, Francis, Fletcher, Schatschneider, & Mehta, 1998; NICHD, 2000). This is because they can accurately read the words, and being able to read the words provides the oral language system with the input needed for comprehension. Poor word reading means that the oral language system often receives inadequate input for comprehension.
- The Reading Rope consists of lower and upper strands.
- The word-recognition strands (phonological awareness, decoding, and sight recognition of familiar words) work together as the reader becomes accurate, fluent, and increasingly automatic with repetition and practice.
- Concurrently, the language-comprehension strands (background knowledge, vocabulary, language structures, verbal reasoning, and literacy knowledge) reinforce one another and then weave together with the word-recognition strands to produce a skilled reader.
- This does not happen overnight; it requires instruction and practice over time.
- Source: Scarborough’s Reading Rope: A Groundbreaking Infographic
Structured Literacy benefits ALL students. It is important to support instructional practices that build a solid foundation for all learners based on the design of our brain to process both oral and written language.
Tier 1 Instruction
Scientific Based Reading Instruction
Structured Literacy™ is an approach to reading instruction that can be beneficial not only for students with reading disabilities, but also for other at-risk students including English learners and struggling adolescents (Baker et al., 2014; Gersten et al., 2008; Kamil et al., 2008; Vaughn et al., 2006).
(Source: International Dyslexia Association)
Right to Read Rhode Island
- Structured literacy in combination with a content rich curriculum in grades K-3 can provide ALL Rhode Island students the necessary foundation to succeed in reading.
- The multi-modal practices of a structured literacy curriculum helps build the necessary cognitive processes for students to learn the alphabetic code.
- It is vital for dyslexic students who did not receive structured literacy to receive evidence-based interventions to address the core deficits that impact decoding, fluency, and encoding skills from a highly qualified teacher or literacy specialist.
- It is also important to address the strengths of dyslexic students through best practices in the general education classroom.
Tier 2 & 3 Interventions
Understanding Reading Challenges with the Simple View of Reading
Types of Reading Difficulties
- Dyslexia-Adequate language comprehension, but poor word-level reading skills. Intervention must include multi-sensory explicit systematic phonics. Guided reading and Three-Cueing do not address the core deficits for a dyslexic student.
- Hyperlexia-typically have language-related deficits that keep them from comprehending what they read.
- Mixed-Type-weaknesses in both language comprehension and word-level reading (intellectual disabilities or speech language impaired).
- Compensator-student displays a mild form of the dyslexic pattern but compensates to some degree with strong language skills, making this problem more difficult to recognize.
Source: Source: David A. Kilpatrick Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties
Source: David A. Kilpatrick Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties
Appropriate Reading Interventions for Dyslexic Students
Orton-Gillingham and Orton-Gillingham Based Reading Interventions
Helpful Articles for Teachers
The IDA Handbook
This handbook created by the International Dyslexia Association is a great tool to empower teachers and staff about dyslexia. Please share with your child's school. (Click the title to be redirected to PDF).