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Breaking the Code


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Table of Contents

  • A Model of Skilled Reading Before We Look Inside the Brain of a Reader
  • Looking Inside the Brain-Glimmerings of Insight from Brain Scan Research and the Neurobiology of Reading
  • Outside-the-Brain Changes in Beginning Readers
  • Outside-the-Brain Changes in Spellers and Writers
  • How and Why to Intervene During the "Tadpole" Phases of Beginning Literacy
  • The Intervention Blueprint
  • Five Phases of Intervention, Support, and Instruction-Up as Close as You Can Get
  • Reforming Kindergartens by Teaching Writing-Visions and Voices from the Pioneers-Plus Learning About Love
  • The Remedy Should Be Applied Where the Evil Commences," Otherwise We're in Trouble!
  • Come See a Miracle
  • Postscript: A Letter from My Mother
  • Appendix: The Instructional Blueprint

About the Author

A former struggling speller himself, J. Richard Gentry, Ph.D., has authored three books and a video on the topic with Heinemann, including My Kid Can't Spell (1996), Teaching Kids to Spell (1992), Spel...Is a Four-Letter Word (1989), and Richard Gentry on Spelling (1992), as well as numerous articles in academic journals and textbooks for school-age children. A former elementary teacher and university professor, Gentry is a Heinemann Professional Development provider and has lectured and conducted workshops on literacy and spelling throughout the world. Visit http: // for additional information about Richard Gentry and his work.


"Breaking the Code is a consice manual addressing the what, when, why, and how to reading and writing development....Gentry has thought of everything, creating wide margins that allow readers plenty of room for writing insights for future reference. This book would be an excellent resource for anyone who works with early or struggling readers and is a must for new teachers."-Childhood Education

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