|THE BRODY READING METHOD|
|Help for Readers Who Stumble on Long Words|
Do your students read short words but have trouble with textbooks, newspapers, and the Web? The Brody Method offers special lessons that break the barrier of long words. A manual carefully guides teachers, tutors, aides, or parents to use the method grades 3 - adult for students with dyslexia, learning disabilities, rapid-naming deficit, or ESL. Title I and regular reading groups use the program grades 3 - 6.
Decoding & Spelling. Materials include exercises in word recognition and spelling. Lessons begin by teaching a decoding strategy that divides long words into parts. In English, these parts usually follow one of six syllable patterns. Step-by-step instructions show how to use these six patterns to decode thousands of words. Later, common exceptions are taught. These lessons lead to correct reading of most words that students already understand in conversation but cannot read. Unknown meanings are taught.
Comprehension & Writing. Social studies and science passages provide practice for transferring skills to comprehension and writing. Lessons include strategies to improve comprehension of textbooks and pleasure reading. Activities help the process become automatic through guided practice.
The Brody Reading Method was designed for students of all ages who know letter sounds and can read three-letter words. The materials are easy for teachers and students to use. The relevant content and mature layout do not insult older students.
Sara Brody, Ed.D. developed the program while teaching adolescents with learning disabilities. Lessons, procedures, and materials were designed with intensive classroom testing in consultation with teachers across grades 3 - adult. Teachers in 22 states have adopted the method in public and private schools, tutorials, and adult literacy programs. When students stall in their beginning reading programs, the Brody Reading Method offers a next step that lets them succeed with long words and challenging texts.
Teacher's comment: Students can use these patterns. They think it's fun. For once they can apply the rules they learn by themselves.
Parent's comment: When Liz started the program in ninth grade she couldn't read or spell. Now she can fill out a job application right at the interview. She filed her own taxes this year.
Student's comment: Last year I could never remember anything I read. This really helps. I know what's happening in the novel for English. And I remember what we read for social studies.
Program Director's comment: It's all mapped out. It gives a basis for an effective reading and writing program.
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