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Decades of cognitive science research reveal that reading is a two-lock box, a box that requires two keys to open. The first key is decoding skills; the second key is oral language, vocabulary, and background knowledge sufficient to understand what is decoded. These two keys are discussed in the book below.

Educators seeking a comprehensive program based on this research should examine Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA). CKLA is the only Common Core-aligned, pilot-tested program that builds students’ skills, knowledge, and vocabulary in literature, history, and science is available for free download. For schools that prefer professionally printed and packaged classroom kits, it is also available for purchase.


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Reading Instruction: The Two Keys

by Matthew Davis, Ph.D., former Reading Director, Core Knowledge Foundation

In the last twenty-five years, a great deal has been learned about how to teach reading effectively, but much of what has been learned by scientific researchers has not found its way into practice. Dr. Matthew Davis, former director of reading at the Core Knowledge Foundation, outlines in this small, accessible, jargon-free gem of a book how to set up a reading program to teach the two keys to reading success—decoding skills and the essential core knowledge necessary for reading comprehension. A must-read work for reading instructors and curriculum planners.

Including our free Teaching Kids to Read download!

ISBN: 978-1-933486-03-1


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