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Focus On Basics

Volume 1, Issue B ::: May 1997


Young Adult Literacy

Mary E. Curtis & M. Chmelka, "Modifying the Laubach Way to Reading: Program for Use with Adolescents with LD." Learning Disabilities Research & Practice, 9, 38-42, 1994.

Mary E. Curtis, "Interventions for adolescents ‘at-risk.'" In L.R. Putnam (ed.), How to be a Better Reading Teacher. (Columbus, OH: Macmillan, 1996).

Mary E. Curtis, "Teaching reading to children, adolescents and adults: Similarities and differences." In L.R. Putnam (ed.), Readings in Language and Literacy. (Cambridge, MA: Brookline Books, 1997).

F. G. Roswell & J. Chall, Creating Successful Readers: A practical guide to testing and teaching at all levels. (Chicago: Riverside, 1994).

L. Spear-Swerling & R. J. Sternberg, Off track: When poor readers become "learning disabled." (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1996)

For more information on the Boys Town Reading Curriculum, please write to Mary E. Curtis or Ann Marie Longo at:

Boys Town Reading Center
National Resource and Training Center
Father Flanagan's Boys' Home
Boys Town, Nebraska 68010

or call (402) 498-1075, or e-mail them at: or

ESOL Reading

Elsa Roberts Auerbach, Making Meaning, Making Change. (McHenry, IL: Delta Systems and the Center for Applied Linguistics, 1992).

Jill Bell & Barbara Burnaby, A Handbook for ESOL Literacy. (Ontario: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 1993).

JoAnn Crandall & Joy Kreeft Peyton, Approaches to Adult ESOL Literacy Instruction. (McHenry, IL: Delta Systems and Center for Applied Linguistics, 1993).

Richard Day ( ed.), New Ways in Teaching Reading. (Alexandria, VA: TESOL, 1993).

Stephen Krashen, The power of reading. (Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 1993).

B. Mikulecky, A short course in teaching reading skills. (Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1990).

B. Mikulecky & L. Jeffries, More reading power. (White Plains, NY: Addison-Wesley, 1996)

Judith Rance-Roney & Jane W. Ditmars, How Adults Read: A Staff Development Curriculum. (PA Department of Education. ERIC Document: ED376352, 1994).

L. Rosow. Light'n lively reads for ESL adult and teen readers. (Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 1996).

Reading Processes and Models

M.J. Adams, Beginning to read: Thinking and learning about print. (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1990).

C. Juel, "Beginning reading." In R. Barr, M.L. Kamil, P. Mosenthal, & P.D. Pearson (eds.), Handbook of reading research: Volume 2. (New York: Erlbaum, 1991).

E. McIntyre & M. Pressley (eds.), Balanced instruction: Strategies and skills in whole language. (Norwood, MA: Christopher-Gordon, 1996).

Victoria Purcell-Gates, Other people's words: The cycle of low literacy. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1995).

R. B. Ruddell, M. R. Ruddell, & H. Singer, H. (eds.), Theoretical models and processes of reading, 4th edition. (Newark, DE: International Reading Association 1994).

Frank Smith, Understanding reading, 2nd edition. (New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1978).

This issue of Focus on Basics is dedicated to the memory and spirit of Lou Setti, 1940-1997, who always reminded us to focus on the basics.

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