From the founder of the internationally known Benchmark School, this unique book presents a proven approach for helping struggling students become fully engaged readers, learners, thinkers, and problem solvers. Benchmark’s research-based Interactive Learning Model is clearly explained and illustrated with teacher-friendly, how-to-do-it examples. Gaskins demonstrates ways to teach effective strategies for decoding words and understanding concepts, and to give students the skills to apply these strategies across the curriculum based on their individual cognitive styles and the specific demands of the task at hand. Comprehensive yet highly readable, the book includes quick-reference charts and reproducible figures and activities that can be used in all subject-matter areas, grades 1 through 8.