The following are references which will help in understanding how reading has been taught in America since the beginning of the 1900’s.  I will refer to these when discussing this topic on my blog.  
  • Anderson, Richard C. Becoming a Nation of Readers: The Report of the Commission on Reading. Washington, D.C.: National Academy of Education, 1985. Print.
  • Bennett, William J. First Lessons: A Report on Elementary Education in America. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Education, 1986. Print.
  • Flesch, Rudolf. Why Johnny Can’t Read: And What You Can Do about It. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1955. Print.
  • Groff, Patrick J. Preventing Reading Failure: An Examination of the Myths of Reading Instruction. Portland, Or.: National Book, 1987. Print.
  • Groff, Patrick J. Private Sector Alternatives for Preventing Reading Failure. Washington, D.C.: National Advisory Council on Educational Research and Improvement, 1987. Print.
  • Smith, Patricia H., Lily R. Balian, Daniel E. Brennan, Sr., Joyce L. Gorringe, Mary S. Jackson, and Ruth R. Thone. Illiteracy in America: Extent, Causes, and Suggested Solutions.  Washington, D.C.: Council, 1986. Print.
  • Spalding, Romalda Bishop., and Walter T. Spalding. The Writing Road to Reading; a Modern Method of Phonics for Teaching Children to Read,. Second ed. New York: Morrow,  1969. Print.
  • Steibel, Warren, dir. “Why Are Our High Schools Screwing Up?” Firing Line. PBS. New York City, New York, 18 Sept. 1987. Television. Transcript.
  • The Riggs Institute’s Educational Digest [Beaverton] Jan. 1987, Special ed.: 1-20. Print.