Helping Students with Dyslexia and Dysgraphia Make Connections: Differentiated Instruction Lesson Plans in Reading and Writing

Author: Virginia W. Berninger Ph.D.; Foreword Author: Beverly J. Wolf

Format: Spiral-bound, 424 pages, 8.5 x 11.0
ISBN: 9781598570212
Price: $64.95

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Students in Ginger Berninger's research studies showed significant improvement in their reading and writing after using these lessons—now available to teachers for the first time ever in one convenient book! A state-of-the-art set of lesson plans that can be used for differentiated instruction of students with dysgraphia, dyslexia, and OWL LD, this book gives teachers of Grades 4–6 a whole school year of specialized group instruction that improves the literacy skills of students who struggle with written language.

The practical companion to Teaching Students with Dyslexia and Dysgraphia, these step-by-step lessons

  • Deliver positive results in brief interventions. These are the only lessons of their kind that are proven effective by brain research studies.
  • Use multiple learning mechanisms to keep children engaged and responsive to instruction
  • Help students improve in multiple subject areas. Lessons show how to incorporate reading and writing in science and social studies content areas of the curricula.
  • Make it easy to incorporate research-based instruction into classrooms to meet the needs of ALL students
  • Teach children to integrate writing and reading within a writers workshop or writing/readers workshop
  • Are detailed but not rigid. Though highly organized and pre-planned, the lessons are flexible and encourage teachers to monitor each student's individual response to instruction, so they can make adjustments as needed.
  • Inspire students with encouraging "hope stories" about overcoming adversity

Each ready-to-use lesson is complete with teacher materials and student materials. The teacher materials give educators warmup exercises that target key skills, simple activities with clear and detailed descriptions, and adaptable sample scripts that help them elicit student responses. And with the student materials, teachers will have photocopiable worksheets that help children sharpen their skills in creative, engaging ways. Meet the needs of students with

  • dyslexiaimpaired word decoding and spelling
  • dysgraphia-impaired handwriting
  • oral and written language learning disability (OWL LD)-impaired reading comprehension and word reading


Review by: Marcia K. Henry, Past President, International Dyslexia Association; Professor Emerita, San Jose State University
"Using these creative lesson plans, students will become successful word detectives, thoughtful readers, and successful writers."
Review by: Diane J. Sawyer, Murfree Professor of Dyslexic Studies, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
"An invaluable tool for implementing evidence-based practice! Detailed lesson plans provide step by step guidance that serve to enhance both student achievement and teacher knowledge."

Table of Contents

About the Authors


Material List

UNIT I. Word Detectives

Lessons 114: Words and Word Parts for Sound, Spelling, and Meaning
Lessons 1528: Morphological Awareness Treatment

UNIT II. Mark Twain Writers Workshop

Introduction to Composing Lessons
Lessons 114

UNIT III. John Muir Writing-Readers in Science

Lessons 18
Instructional Resources

UNIT IV. Sequoyah Writing Reader Club

Lessons 115
Instructional Resources

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