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Reading Pathways: Simple Exercises to Improve Reading Fluency, 5th Edition

ISBN: 978-0-7879-9289-7
156 pages
January 2018, Jossey-Bass
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Now in its fifth edition, Reading Pathways (with help from Dewey the Bookwormâ?¢) offers an easy-to-use, highly effective approach to teaching reading accuracy and fluency to students of all ages, using a unique pyramid format.

Reading pyramids begins with one word, and slowly build into phrases and sentences of gradually increasing complexity. As the student moves from the pinnacle to the base of each pyramid, the phrase or sentence becomes a more interesting and expansive, and the student's confidence grows with each line completed. Progressively building up the amount of text per line increases eye span, strengthens eye tracking, and develops reading fluency. The book also features more challenging multi-syllable word pyramid exercises and games to further develop fluency and vocabulary. Learning to read long words by syllables removes the fear and mystique of multi-syllable words and helps students build the strong vocabulary so critical for success in reading and writing.

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Table of Contents

About This Book.

Part One: Simple Pyramids.

Short-Vowel Review:

“Ă” Pyramid.

“Ĕ” Pyramid.

“Ĭ” Pyramid.

“Ŏ” Pyramid.

“Ŭ” Pyramid.

Short-Vowel Pyramids.

Two-Consonant Endings.

Long-Vowel Review:

“Ā” Pyramid.

“Ē” Pyramid.

“Ī” Pyramid.

“Ō” Pyramid.

“Ū” Pyramid.

Long-Vowel Pyramids.

Mixed Vowel Warmup:

The LONG and the SHORT of It.


Mixed Vowel Pyramids.

Two-Consonant Beginnings.

R-Modifi ed Vowels.

Long-Vowel Digraphs.

Short-Vowel Digraphs.

Part Two: Multisyllable Word Mini-Pyramids.

Multisyllable Word Mini-Pyramids.

Part Three: Multisyllable Word Pyramids (“Brain Busters”).

Multisyllable Word Pyramids.

Part Four: Multisyllable Word Summary, Games, and Index.

Multisyllable Word Summary.


Multisyllable Word Index.

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Author Information

Dolores G. Hiskes has authored a wide variety of nationally acclaimed teaching materials, including her best-selling book Phonics Pathways. She has tutored reading for over thirty years and trained teachers from all over the world. Well-established in professional journals and a winner of numerous honors, Hiskes publishes Phonics Talk, a free online newsletter about teaching reading, which can be found at www.dorbooks.com.
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"This book is filled with reading pyramids you can use to teach accuracy and fluency. Reading pyramids begin with one word and slowly build into phrases and sentences of increasing complexity. The technique is designed to increase eye span, strengthen eye tracking, and develop fluency." (Learning Magazine, Back-to-School 2007)

Praise for Reading Pathways

"With clarity, interest, humor, and precision, Dolores has offered a way out of the darkness of illiteracy. I am pleased to endorse [her] books as some of the finest instructional materials for teaching children and adults to read that I have reviewed."
—Robert W. Sweet Jr., professional staff member, Committee on Education and the Work Force, U.S. Congress, Washington, D.C.

"Our organization, Kids Read, offers tutoring to struggling or non-reading second graders in the public schools. Dolores Hiskes's materials are our most powerful tools for helping kids achieve confidence and independence in reading . . . The pyramid practice in Reading Pathways strengthens eye tracking and gives learners immediate practice with the concepts they just learned in a bigger setting. Non-readers find initial success in the presentation of short vowel words and stories. The pyramid stories provide an opportunity for multiple readings of the words and phrases, an exercise which is very empowering for emerging readers."
—Becky Faherty, director, Kids Read, Inc., Gaithersburg, Maryland

"Reading Pathways led my children so gently through the pyramids that they were reading big words before they knew it! This is a 'no pain' approach to giving children the extra practice that helps to develop a strong reader."
—Sherrill Fink, homeschooling mother, Virginia

"My students love the multisyllable word pyramids and feel proud they can finally read those mysterious long words. It's so beautiful to see their self-esteem grow. This is what makes teaching rewarding. Thank you!"
—Renee Wesly, special education and regular education teacher, Maunawili Elementary School, Kailua, Hawaii

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