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Decoding: A multi-sensory approach using the Wilson Reading System

This program, which uses the Orton multi-sensory approach, is designed to help students who have significant decoding and spelling difficulties and who currently read at the second grade level or above. Information is available on the Wilson Language Web site (

Motivating Student Writers

In his book Writing for Real: Strategies for Engaging Adolescent Writers (2003) (, middle school educator Ross Burkhardt shares strategies he has developed for motivating young adolescents to write, using a variety of tasks related to students’ interests. Strategies may be used individually or as part of a writing curriculum.

Peer Tutoring

Kids as Reading Helpers: A Peer Tutor Training Manual (2004) ( is an instructional guide for schools wishing to implement a peer tutoring program in reading. The manual provides steps for training tutors and suggestions for monitoring the success of tutoring sessions.

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