2nd Edition

Early Intervention for Reading Difficulties: The Interactive Strategies Approach

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Donna M Scanlon, Kimberly L Anderson, Joan M Sweeney

  • Early Intervention for Reading Difficulties

450 pages
Age Range: 5 to 8
ISBN: 9781462528097

Grounded in a strong evidence base, this indispensable text and practitioner guide has given thousands of teachers tools to support the literacy growth of beginning and struggling readers in grades K-2. The interactive strategies approach (ISA) is organised around core instructional goals related to enhancing word learning and comprehension of text. The book provides detailed guidance for assessment and instruction in whole-class, small-group, and one-to-one settings, using the curricular materials teachers already have.

Purchasers get access to a companion website where they can download and print 23 reproducible forms in a convenient 8 1/2 x 11 size. Of special value, the website also features more than 100 pages of additional printable forms, handouts, and picture sorts that supplement the book's content.

New to This Edition:

  • Incorporates the latest research on literacy development and on the ISA.
  • Describes connections to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
  • Explains how to use the ISA with English learners.
  • Chapter on fluency.
  • Expanded coverage of morphological knowledge.
  • Companion website with downloadable reproducible tools and extensive supplemental materials.

Table of Contents

I. A Comprehensive Approach to Early Intervention

  1. The Interactive Strategies Approach
  2. Responsive Instruction
  3. Motivation to Read and Write

II. Learning the Alphabetic Code

  1. Purposes and Conventions of Print
  2. Phonological Awareness
  3. Letter Naming and Letter Formation
  4. Letter-Sound Association
  5. The Alphabetic Principle and the Alphabetic Code-Early Development
  6. Phonograms and Word Families
  7. The Alphabetic Principle and the Alphabetic Code-Later Development
  8. Morphological Units and Multisyllabic Words

III. Word Learning

  1. Strategic Word Learning
  2. High-Frequency Word Learning

IV. Meaning Construction

  1. Fluency
  2. Vocabulary and Oral Language Development
  3. Comprehension and General Knowledge

V. Implementing Intensified Instruction

  1. Small-Group and One-to-One Intervention
  2. Revisiting and Concluding



"A lot of people talk about research-based practice, but Scanlon and colleagues deliver. They draw on their own and others' research to show how we can greatly reduce the prevalence of reading difficulties. The book addresses many facets of literacy development--from phonological awareness to reading comprehension--and shows how to organize instruction to respond to each child's needs. I am thrilled that the authors have developed a second edition of this book! I used the first edition in my preservice literacy methods course and as a trusted resource in my work with practicing teachers, and the second edition provides even more guidance. If you are an early literacy teacher educator, coach, or specialist, I strongly urge you to put this book on your reading list. You won't be disappointed."
- Nell K. Duke, EdD, School of Education, University of Michigan

"A valuable resource for all early elementary teachers, whether they want to improve their implementation of reading interventions or build knowledge about effective reading instruction more generally. Detailed descriptions of research-based practices, along with many practical tools, make intervention planning and implementation more feasible."
- Jeanne Wanzek, PhD, Department of Special Education, Vanderbilt University