Quick Troubleshooting Guide for Reading
Here are some common reading
difficulties faced by students and possible solutions.
Student has difficulty sounding out words
how you would decode the word.
Encourage the student to break the word into familiar parts.
the words around it to see what word would fit for the unknown word.
Always go back and re-read a sentence that a student has had
attention to sight words – is the student having to sound those out?
Student reads words that are either
nonsense or don’t make sense in the story.
Student has trouble summarizing information
read. (The student can not re-tell in their own words what happened in
either part of the story or the whole story)
Tracking – student is unable to follow
print or loses place.
Fluency – student doesn’t read smoothly or
with expression. (Student does not pay attention to punctuation, has
difficulty with sight words.
how fluent reading would sound.
about punctuation and what it means.
Illustrate how expression during reading can add “voice” to text.
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