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My Student Can't Read the Lowest Book - A Case Study

At Read Side by Side we frequently hear teachers say, “Several of my students cannot read the lowest book club selection.” This matter-of-fact statement, tinged with disappointment, is often followed by permission to move to an easier text, one outside the three book club selections, but closely aligned to the students’ reading level. The assumption behind the teacher’s statement and request is the belief that students can best succeed when they are properly matched to just the right text. Yet, several researchers suggest that there is no such thing as the just right text and there is little or no research to support the practice of carefully matching children to texts, especially in the upper grades.

Reducing the COVID-Slide by Looking at Summer Slide Research

A growing number of states have now closed schools for the rest of the year.  Such closures have...

Climbing the Literacy Summit, Eatonville Elementary

The following is a case study, presented by Dr. Peter Dewitz, that demonstrates the impact of the...

3 Must-Haves for a K-2 Reading Program

Selecting a reading program for the primary grades can be overwhelming with so many aspects to...

The Conflict Between Differentiation and Scaffolding

What is the difference between differentiation and scaffolding?  While educators have long defined...

Why Books? -- What Books Can Do That Passages Can’t

In this blog article, Peter Dewitz explains, the goal of reading instruction is not to move from...

Making Inferences: 6 Essential Strategies

How do you help students make inferences while reading? Learn six essential strategies for...

Why Students Love CIA: Letters From Students

A special envelope arrived in the mail several weeks ago. Inside I was delighted to find 17...

How Research Explains the Design of the Read Side by Side Reading Program

What should you be looking for in a research based reading program?  In this blog, learn about how...

Reading Stamina: The Wrong Goal

I recently received an email from ReadWorks with the subject line, “Build Reading Stamina With...