Making reading accessible for all children
School: Huron Elementary
Connected (decodable) texts are an integral part of learning to read, however they are not readily available for all grade levels. In her book, “Overcoming Dyslexia”, Dr. Sally Shaywitz of Yale University states “It is critical…children begin to read connected text” (p. 286). Dr. David Kilpatrick also emphasizes connected text in his book “Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties” when he lists the three key elements of successful (reading) intervention. The 3 key elements are: 1. Eliminating phonological awareness deficits; 2. Teach and reinforce phonics; 3. Provide opportunities to read connected text (p. 304). I am currently well set up to provide my students with key elements 1 & 2, I would use the grant to expand their access to connected text. By using materials that I have already acquired, along with the Flyleaf Decodable Readers at all levels, I would be able to better support my school's struggling student's reading progress.