If skills driven is not the best, what about comprehension driven? Here are some ideas our reading circle had about comprehension driven reading instruction.
Read from adult oriented, everyday life. Use samples such as job applications, letter to child's school, bus schedule, diary/journal. Read about current events; news, war, celebrities, interests. Use newspaper to point out sentence structure. Use dictionary to encrease vocabulary. Journal writing can be used to stress and extend decoding skills.
Encourage writing and having student share own work by reading back. Discuss reading.
Find main idea and topic sentences. Explore differenct styles of writing.
Visualize the story. Draw pictures.
Any more ideas?