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Road to Reading: A Program for Preventing and Remediating Reading Difficulties (Vital Statistics) Spiral-bound – 30 Apr 2008


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"Here are the follow-up lessons that we've all been waiting for . . . Road to Reading can be used in conjunction with any reading series to ensure that primary grade students build the fluency in word identification essential to comprehension." --Barbara Foorman, Ph.D.

About the Author

Benita A. Blachman, Ph.D., is a professor in the Reading and Language Arts Department and Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Learning Disabilities in the School of Education at Syracuse University. She also holds a courtesy appointment in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department. She has a doctoral degree in educational psychology from the University of Connecticut and is a former special education teacher, reading specialist, and learning disabilities consultant. She has published extensively in the area of early literacy, focusing her research on early intervention to prevent reading failure and on the factors that predict reading achievement. Dr. Blachman is currently directing a project at Syracuse University (in collaboration with researchers at Yale Medical School and the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center) funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to investigate the influence of intensive reading intervention on patterns of brain activation in young children. Dr. Blachman has served on the professional advisory boards of the National Center for Learning Disabilities, the National Dyslexia Research Foundation, and the Neuhaus Center. Her edited book Foundations of Reading Acquisition and Dyslexia: Implications for Early Intervention was published recently by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Darlene M. Tangel, Ph.D., is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Reading and Language Arts Department at Syracuse University. She has taught graduate courses in learning disabilities and in language disorders at Syracuse University and has been a reading specialist in the Oriskany Public Schools for more than 20 years, where she also serves as the Chair of Special Education and the Chair of Preschool Special Education. Her research interests include early reading acquisition and invented spelling, alternative reading curricula for children at risk for reading failure, and adult literacy. She has developed training materials for the American Federation of Teachers and has extensive experience conducting teacher training workshops. The focus of these workshops is translating research into practical application for classroom use. Her most recent publications have appeared in the Journal of Reading Behavior and Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Drs. Tangel and Blachman were awarded the Dina Feitelson Research Award by the International Reading Association for their research on invented spelling.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8dcc083c) out of 5 stars 23 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d8542c4) out of 5 stars This program is fantastic! 18 Nov. 2011
By Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
After being contacted by my son's second grade teacher and hearing that he is below average in reading, writing, and spelling I decided to take him for an assessment to determine if he may be dyslexic. Dyslexia runs in our family and I decided it was probably the best route to take. While the center couldn't diagnose dyslexia, my son showed strong signs that he is dyslexic. I first purchased "Overcoming Dyslexia" by Dr. Sally Shaywitz, M.D. Her book is fantastic, well written, and easy to understand. Dr. Sally Shaywitz recommends many programs to try. I found one called the Road to the Code. The Road to Reading is the second level after the Road to the Code. This program is so easy to use. It does take some work putting together the lesson plans but the work is well worth it. We are only on the second level and my son is showing so much improvement in all areas of reading, writing, and spelling. I am using this book as a one on one tutor and I do not have a background in education and this program makes total sense to me. We have been using it for 3 weeks at 30-40 minutes a night and it is working. My son enjoys the program because it moves fast but keeps his attention. He actually wants to read when it is time to read, he even wants to read when he doesn't have to. I am simply amazed at the difference! I researched and researched and found several other programs that were very expensive. I wanted to help my son and felt so guilty that I couldn't afford the programs or the tutoring. I am so glad I found this program! I definitely recommend it to anyone that wants to help a struggling reader, writer, or speller. It is well worth it!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d854510) out of 5 stars From a Practical Standpoint, More Structured Lessons Would be Helpful 19 Dec. 2012
By J. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
As a reading specialist and Orton-Gillingham trained tutor, I would have to concur with the review that questioned the lack of structured lessons. The content in this book is excellent and based on solid, researched principles. But because of the lack of structured lessons, one has to spend much more time figuring out the approach and deciding what to do. I don't believe I could hand this to most classroom teachers and expect them to find the time to become familiar with it, do the extra prep and use it effectively. I do believe that a more scripted approach would still allow for flexibility- pre-tests could determine where to start and/or what lessons & skills to focus on, but it would be much easier for a teacher to target a skill and then turn to the lesson that focuses on that need. It would also be easier for paraprofessionals and aides to use, allowing even greater options for implementation. I reluctantly returned the copy I bought for this reason.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d8544d4) out of 5 stars I can't say enough 15 Aug. 2012
By C. Flores - Published on Amazon.com
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After going through the 6 levels of this book and reading in detail the skills covered in each of them, I can say that this is a state-of-the-art program...simply remarkable! I've bought several intervention programs for beginning and intermediate readers that focus on phonological awareness and the alphabetic principle, and even though all of them look good and effective, this is the best. It's very well organized and paced, and it's also sequential and systematic. The second, third, and fourth levels build decoding and reading skills upon the previous levels, so the students won't forget what they have been learning. This program is not based on rule memorization. It presents word families and teaches the students to identify the pattern of such words. I like that because the children learn to decode many words in one lesson rather than one word or rule at a time. The CD-ROM has tons of materials and printables to use in each level, and the instructions are clearly explained. As I said, this program teaches phonological awareness and word study using the whole-language philosophy. It's great!!! I can't say enough about it. I love this program and how clear, explicit, and fun it is. Each level includes sections like "reading connected texts" for fluency practice and "sentence dictation" where the students get to use the words they are learning in context. Not many reading programs out there have vocabulary development within their sections. That's a great bonus! Elementary school teachers: this book is a must-have for interventions with your struggling readers. I know that 1st and 2nd graders, especially, would greatly benefit from it. This program assumes that the student already knows the basics of phonemic awareness (kindergarten level), which is blending, segmenting, and manipulating sounds. Those kiddos who got to the end of kindergarten with reading difficulties and are entering 1st or 2nd grade with that weak reading foundation, need this program.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d8547c8) out of 5 stars Road to Reading Review 7 Jun. 2010
By Maggie Oster - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a special education teacher in a small rural school district in Central New York. I have used the Road to the Code program with struggling readers and now the other two resource teachers in the elementary school are also using this approach. The children have responded well to this approach. We are working to develop a reading program that will build on the basic phonics skills and will get the children excited about reading. I found Road to Reading and we are working to develop a Kindergarten through middle school reading program that utilizes the decoding tools to gain meaning from a variety of books and text books. The book is user friendly and the wealth of material available on the CD make this a bargain for any educator.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d854828) out of 5 stars A top pick for any school interested in bringing students up to grade level 15 Feb. 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound
Benita A. Blachman and Darlene M. Tangel's ROAD TO READING includes a CD-ROM with over 200 pages of classroom materials, weekly and daily lesson plans, and more in a program that's been extensively tested and validated by leaders in the field, and which meets all criteria for Reading First. Small groups can use this in as little as 30-40 minutes a day and follows up to the bestselling ROAD TO THE CODE, offering an innovative literacy program that is a top pick for any school interested in bringing students up to grade level.
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