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Developing Reading Comprehension

Paula J. Clarke, Emma Truelove, Charles Hulme, Margaret J. Snowling

ISBN: 978-1-118-60674-2 September 2013 Wiley-Blackwell 216 Pages



Presents cutting-edge, evidence-based interventions for dealing with specific difficulties of reading comprehension in children aged 7-11.

  • An in-depth introduction to the ‘poor comprehender profile’, which describes children who  despite being fluent readers have difficulty extracting meaning from text.
  • Sets out a range of practical interventions for improving reading skills in this group - along with comprehensive guidance on assessment and monitoring, and insightful accounts of professionals’ experience in delivering the techniques described.
  • Includes an overview of psychological theories of reading comprehension, evaluating their practical applicability.


List of Figures vii

List of Boxes xi

Foreword by Jean Gross CBE xiii

Acknowledgements xv

Chapter 1 What is Reading Comprehension? 1

Chapter 2 The Poor Comprehender Profile 13

Chapter 3 The York Reading for Meaning Project: An Overview 27

Chapter 4 Teaching Principles 47

Chapter 5 Intervention Materials: Oral Language Programme 59

Chapter 6 Intervention Materials: Text Level Programme 99

Chapter 7 Intervention Materials: Combined Programme 135

Chapter 8 Feedback and Evaluation 141

Chapter 9 Theoretical and Practical Implications 157


Appendix 1. Consent Procedures 165

Appendix 2. Training of Teaching Assistants 166

Appendix 3. Teaching Assistant Feedback on Training 166

Appendix 4. Manual Production 168

Appendix 5. Additional Preparation 168

Appendix 6. Fortnightly Tutorial Groups 169

Appendix 7. Record Sheets 169

Appendix 8. Observations and On-site Feedback 170

Appendix 9. Newsletters 172

Appendix 10. Sharing Data 172

Glossary 175

References 187

“This book is a very enjoyable read with an appealing cover of a painting of a young reader. . . It is a well-written, and reader friendly book.”  (Patoss, 1 October 2014)

"This book makes a very valuable contribution to the field of reading comprehension intervention and will be greatly appreciated by educationalists and speech and language therapists working with school age children." (Child & Adolescent Mental Health, 4 April 2014)