Designing Meaning-Based Interventions
for Struggling Readers

Andrew P. Johnson, Ph.D.

Designing Meaning-Based Interventions for Struggling Readers, book cover and description.

This highly practical book helps K–8 teachers implement effective reading interventions that support meaningful comprehension and engage students with interesting, age-appropriate texts. Andrew P. Johnson presents a range of strategies for addressing difficulties in the core areas of word identification, fluency, and comprehension. Packed with illustrative figures, the book provides guidance and tools for assessing reading problems, combining and adapting interventions for particular students, planning writing activities to enhance reading, aligning efforts within a response-to-intervention framework, and designing individualized education programs. Informed by current research, Johnson candidly targets "educational malpractice" and helps readers puzzle through the controversies surrounding dyslexia diagnoses and special education decision making.

"During my time as a special educator and instructional coach, I longed for a framework that operationalized a meaning-based approach to reading interventions. Johnson lays out the rationale for such an approach and follows it up with a practical process. This book is a 'must read' for every special educator and for any educator who wants a solid resource for designing reading instruction that meets the needs of today's diverse classrooms." (Staci Gilpin, MSEd, former teacher and instructional coach; doctoral student in Educational Foundations and Research, University of North Dakota).

Designing Meaning-Based Interventions for Struggling Readers is available to buy from your local bookseller and online internationally from Amazon.

About The Author

Andrew P. Johnson is Professor of Literacy and Distinguished Faculty Scholar at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He has written 15 books, including, The Human Dimension in Education: Essential Learning Theories and Their Impact on Teaching and Learning (Rowman and Littlefield, 2022) and Essential Learning Theories: Applications To Authentic Teaching Situations (Rowman and Littlefield, 2019). Dr. Johnson has also published over 50 book chapters and articles related to literacy, learning, and the human condition.

You can learn more about the work of Dr. Johnson by visiting his website,  listening to his podcast, The Reading Instruction Show and by watching the videos on his YouTube channel You can also connect with Dr. Johnson online via LinkedIn.

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