2.1 A Very Brief History of Reading Instruction

Learning Intentions

After viewing this module session participants will be able to: 
  • Identify the four basic approaches to teaching reading
  • Be familiar with the "unity of study" for these four approaches


Watch the session below. 

*Please see the Transcripts resource folder located in Module 0 for a text copy of the transcript from this video.


  • All the popular, current reading approaches go back well over 100 year
  • To address weak readers, we need to move beyond the classic approaches
  • Each reading philosophy approaches reading with a different unit of study
  • None of the classical approaches adequately address the needs of struggling readers

Reflect & Connect

How might the different approaches to reading instruction inform your current work? What might you need to considers when communicating about reading instruction with families with colleagues?