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Scarborough’s Reading Rope: A Groundbreaking Infographic




The goal for all students is to read fluently. Scarborough’s Reading Rope is an amazing infographic, showing all of the strands and components that go into reading. Hollis Scarborough—creator of the famous Reading Rope and senior scientist at Haskins Laboratories—is a leading researcher of early language development and its connection to later literacy. Dr. Scarborough’s association with the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) goes back to 1994 when she served as associate editor of the Annals of Dyslexia until 2002. In 2009, she received IDA’s highest honor, the Samuel Torrey Orton Award. Dr. Scarborough continues her IDA affiliation as a member of both IDA’s Council of Advisors and IDA’s Scientific Advisory Board. Her contributions on a national level (e.g., the Research Council, Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, and the Committee on the Prevention of Reading Difficulties in Young Children) have positively influenced the reading instruction in the United States. The genesis of the Reading Rope dates back to Scarborough’s lectures for parents on the complexities involved in learning to read. Originally, she spoke of skilled reading as resembling the “strands” of a rope, using pipe cleaners to illustrate the interconnectedness and interdependence of all the components. For more information, go here: Reading Rope Sincerely, Heidi Nord Here are other websites I recommend: International Dyslexia Association What Teachers Should Know About Reading Reading Rockets! Keys for Learning The Orton Gillingham Online Academy Understood The Orton Gillingham Online Academy Orthographic Mapping Speech is Beautiful Really Great Reading Dr. Dan Willingham's Reading Horizons Five Ways to Build Lasting Self-Esteem Recognizing Dyslexia May Prevent Low Self-Esteem and Anxiety IMSE