Improving Reading: Strategies, Resources, and Common Core Connections

Author(s): Jerry Johns, Susan Lenski

Edition: 7

Copyright: 2019

Pages: 544


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Improving Reading is perhaps the most comprehensive, useful reading resource available. It is full of ideas for professionals who work with whole classes, individual students, or groups of students. The eight chapters correlate with the main components of a comprehensive reading curriculum and the Common Core. Sections within each chapter provide teaching interventions, strategies, activities, and resources to help students overcome specific reading problems or to achieve the Common Core standards.

Teachers can use Improving Reading as they plan instruction for the Common Core and interventions for struggling readers using the Response to Intervention (RTI) model.

Improving Reading and the Common Core includes:

  • print concepts and phonological awareness
  • phonics and word recognition
  • fluency
  • vocabulary acquisition and use
  • basic comprehension skills
  • more specialized comprehension skills and strategies needed for literary (narrative) and informational (expository) texts

Improving Reading features:

  • a quick reference guide inside the front cover that lists 71 student behaviors in reading.
  • over 200 strategies and interventions, linked to the 71 student behaviors that can be used to help students become better readers.
  • more than 400 practice and reinforcement activities that expand the strategies and interventions to help enhance student learning.
  • specific references in each chapter to the Common Core anchor standards and Reading Foundational Skills.
  • references to reproducible student pages and teacher resources that can be printed through a dedicated website.


Chapter 1  Motivation, Engagement, Interests, and Attitudes

Chapter 2  Oral Language, Phonemic Awareness, and Beginning Reading

Chapter 3  Phonics, Decoding, and Word Recognition

Chapter 4  Fluency and Effective Oral Reading

Chapter 5  Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

Chapter 6  Comprehension Strategies

Chapter 7  Comprehending Fictional Texts

Chapter 8  Comprehending Informational Texts

Jerry Johns

Jerry L. Johns, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus at Northern Illinois University, served as president of International Reading Association during 2002-2003. He has been recognized as a distinguished professor, writer, and outstanding teacher educator. He taught students from kindergarten through college and now serves as a consultant and speaker to schools and professional organizations.

Jerry is a past president of Illinois Reading Council, College Reading Association, and Northern Illinois Reading Council. He has received recognition for outstanding service to each of these professional organizations and is a member of the Illinois Reading Council Hall of Fame. Jerry has served on numerous committees of the International Reading Association and was a member of the Board of Directors. He has also received the Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading award from the International Reading Association, the Champion of Children Award from the HOSTS corporation, and the Laureate Award from the College Reading Association (CRA) for significant contributions to CRA and the field of reading and reading instruction.

Jerry has been invited to consult, conduct workshops, and make presentations for teachers and professional groups throughout the United States and in seven countries. He has also prepared over twenty books and related resources that have been useful to a diverse group of educators. His Basic Reading Inventory is widely used in undergraduate and graduate classes, as well as by practicing teachers. Jerry recently coauthored the fourth edition of Improving Reading: Strategies and Resources. Other recent titles include the third edition of Fluency: Strategies & Assessments, Comprehension and Vocabulary Strategies for the Elementary Grades, Reading and Learning Strategies: Middle Grades through High School, and Strategies for Content Area Learning, and Visualization: Using Mental Images to Strengthen Comprehension.

Susan Lenski

Susan Davis Lenski is a Professor at Portland State University (PSU) in Oregon.  Before joining the faculty at PSU, Dr. Lenski taught in public schools for 20 years and at Illinois State University for 11 years. Her teaching experiences include working with children from kindergarten through high school. Dr. Lenski currently teaches graduate reading and language arts courses.

Dr. Lenski has been recognized by several organizations for her commitment to education. Among her numerous awards, are the Nila Banton Smith Award from the International Reading Association; she was instrumental in her school receiving an Exemplary Reading program Award from the International Reading Association; and she was inducted into the Illinois Reading Hall of Fame. She is currently on the International Reading Association's Board of Directors.

Dr. Lenski's research interests focus on strategic reading and writing and adolescent literacy. She also conducts research on preparing teacher candidates. Dr. Lenski has conducted numerous inservice presentations in the United States, Canada, Guatemala, the Philippines, and Panama and has presented at many state and national conferences. Dr. Lenski has published more than 60 articles and twelve books.

“I use Improving Reading as my core text for Literacy Assessment and Intervention Practicum. I like how CCSS is woven into the introduction to each chapter, as they map onto the Massachusetts English Language Arts Framework so closely. These standards are the foundation for each students' literacy intervention plan."   

-Pamela M., Language and Literacy Program 

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Related ISBN's: 9781524959579, 9781524967703, 9781524967710

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