Struggling Readers


The goals of reading instruction include:

  1. Comprehension: “the ability to understand, reflect on, and learn from text”
  2. Fluency: “the ability to identify words accurately and read text with ease”
  3. Motivation to Read: “the essential element for actively engaging students in the reading process”

Common Difficulties Seen in Struggling Readers

  1. Decoding
  2. Word knowledge
  3. Phrasing and fluency
  4. Monitoring
  5. Poor coordination of cues
  6. Poor Comprehension
  7. Stamina
  8. Motivation

View the videoclips of Special Education Resource Teacher, Lori Scott and discuss the issues around struggling readers and writers and the strategies she suggests for working with these students with special needs.

An interview with Lori Scott.