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Read Better!: For Adults and Teens Paperback – April 28, 2015
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About the Author
Linda Schrock Taylor grew up in Michigan and learned to read in a one-room schoolhouse. She graduated in 1972 from the University of Northern Colorado with a BA in Deaf Education and a minor in English. She later earned an MA in English from Central Michigan University, attended training courses from Spalding Reading International, and passed the Praxis II examination for Reading Specialists. She has taught both hearing and deaf students at all levels, preschool through university. The last two decades of her career were spent teaching teens, college students, and adults. The need for appropriate materials and methods for these groups inspired Linda to write Read Better! For Adults and Teens. She is now working on the next book, Spell Better!
Linda Schrock Taylor currently lives in Tustin, Michigan. For more information, or to read her columns on reading, spelling, homeschooling, and more, please visit her website at http://www.ReadWriteSpellBetter.com.
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Multiple respected studies tell us that the majority of American adults and teens are functionally illiterate (below 4th grade level). A lot of ink has been spilled moaning and groaning about the tragic situation. Millions of dollars of Private, Federal and State monies have been poured into analyzing the problem, with no improvement whatsoever.
Some think poor teaching is the problem, and I am inclined to that conclusion; but merely moaning and groaning is no solution. Even if every school in America started teaching the alphabet code today and every child was taught to read well with phonics, that would not solve the massive problem of teen and adult illiteracy that we have on our hands now.
Mrs. Taylor's book is the DEFINITIVE SOLUTION to solving the tragedy of adult and teen illiteracy in America.
Her book covers EVERY SKILL necessary to be a superior reader:
1. Basic Code
2. Advanced Code
3. Six Syllable types and multisyllabic words (This section alone is worth the price of the book!)
4. Morphology (meaning of prefixes and suffixes)
5. Comprehension Strategies
6. 80 Standard Test Lesson in Reading (short, informative 3 minute reading selections that are guaranteed to increase reading ability)
Linda Schrock Taylor's book helps people who are limited readers become better readers by learning the code of the language. The code pertains to systematic phonics in which letters and groups of letters represent sounds. The code pertains to language rules which provide evidence that English is 85% logical. The code pertains to syllabication in which readers learns to break down, or decode, not only the individual sounds but the syllables in words that are clearly present.
I am not writing about what chapters are specifically included in the book. That is stated in another review of this book. My point in writing this review is to support Mrs. Taylor's view that the poor readers can become better, and their inability IS NOT THEIR FAULT. There is much hope if the desire is there.
Here are a couple of words of caution:
1) Even though many skills are the same, this book is not intended for beginning readers. This book assumes some reading ability because it does not deal explicitly with the phonemic awareness skills of segmenting, counting, and blending sounds.
2) While a highly motivated person might be able to work through this book by him/herself, I believe it's really important for another person, a coach, to work through the book with the learner. That coach, though reading well and having a good sense of the language, still needs to study the book to understand language structure and the comprehension strategies.