Sometimes Reading is Hard

Using decoding, vocabulary, and comprehension strategies to inspire fluent, passionate, lifelong readers

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Teaching strategies such as mentor texts, guided reading, poetry, and reading conferences are used to encourage students to be proficient and tenacious even when reading is hard. Teachers learn how to weave the factors of motivation into their daily instructional practices.

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When students say that reading is boring, difficult, overwhelming, or they cannot find a good book, it is almost impossible to sell them on the idea that reading is fun and worthwhile. Sometimes Reading is Hard shows teachers how to develop the skills students need to be successful and how to cultivate passionate, lifelong readers. Classroom vignettes, promising practices, and step-by-step activities illustrate how teachers can weave teaching the skills of reading, decoding, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency with real reasons to read. When students want to read and they enjoy it, their reading skills improve. With the right motivation, any student can become an enthusiastic reader.

About the Author(s)

A former elementary school teacher, Robin Bright is a professor of Education at the University of Lethbridge. Robin’s passion for how children develop as readers and writers drew her to a life of researching language and literacy in school and home settings.


Product Details

Grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Media: 160 pp/paper
Year: 2021
Item No: 8351
ISBN: 978-1-55138-351-4
Publisher: Pembroke Publishers