Struggling Readers

Struggling Readers

Posted on January 17, 2012. Filed under: Struggling Readers |

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Over a week ago, I began teaching the Graduate Literacy Practicum. In this culminating graduate course students are paired with children who lack specific reading skills and who struggle with reading. The graduate students in this course administer a variety of inventories and tests to help them diagnose and prescribe remediation for these learners. To guide my graduate students I have compiled a list of literacy websites which I will share with you in this blog.

The International Children’s Digital Library ( This is an amazing open access resource with hundreds of digital books in dozens of different languages. It enables English Language Learners to access books in their native language as well as read books in English.

Read Write Think Website ( This website is sponsored by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. This website contains lesson plans and interactive tools that can be used in any content area that involves writing.

Starfall Education ( is a free public website with games and activities. It can be used for whole class instruction or individual instruction, with a computer or on an interactive white board. This is also a good website for parents to use with their child.

Reading Rockets ( Reading Rockets offers a wealth of reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better. These reading resources assist parents, teachers, and other educators in helping struggling readers build fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.

Literactive ( This program is comprised of carefully leveled guided readers, comprehensive phonic activities and a wealth of supplemental reading material which gradually develop a child’s reading skills in a sequential and enjoyable manner. All the material is available for free from this site, but you need to register.

Scholastic ( The new website is a great resource for any classroom teacher. The book wizard can help you find the perfect book for your student. In addition you will find: lesson plans, daily starters, teacher to teacher blogs and printables.

I think these websites are a great place for new teachers to gather information and try new things with struggling readers. If you find any other websites you would like to share, please add a comment below. My students would love hearing from some reading specialists and coaches, they would greatly appreciate some encouraging comments as well.

Thank you in advance.








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