Reading Skills for Students in Grades 5 through 8

How can we help middle school students who struggle with reading comprehension?

What reading skills and strategies do they need to know and use?


General and special education teachers, key instructional leaders, curriculum coaches, and principals for grades 5–8.

Learn about:

  • Teaching language comprehension and word recognition.
  • Instructional strategies to increase students’ academic vocabulary across a range of academic disciplines.
  • Instructional strategies for improving students’ comprehension of non-fiction and fiction text.

Terry Salinger, Ph.D., Institute Fellow and Chief Scientist for Literacy Research, AIR