Forward to the Past: The History of Basals and the Science of Reading

The Reading Instruction Show by Dr. Andy Johnson

Episode notes

In the 1980s, basals were the main tool used to teach reading (they still are). A basal is a teaching manual for reading. It includes an anthology of stories for students to read, a teacher’s manual with directions for how to teach reading, and consumable workbooks to use to teach reading subskills. This podcast describes the beginning of my journal from basal instruction to reading workshop.

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