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Starting Interventions effectively

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Children from Economically disadvantaged homes start the school year with a three-month gap in their reading skills.

Opportunities to Read

Students need to read extensively in order to improve their ability to read. Studies about the reading volume of advanced and struggling readers show that fifth grade students achieving in the 10th percentile on reading achievement tests read an average of just 1.6 minutes per day. but students achieving in the 90th percentile read 40.4 minutes (Nagy and Anderson 1984)

Direct and Sequential Instruction

Many students think of reading as a passive activity, especially if they struggle with gaining meaning from reading text.

Reading should be an active process, and good readers are very active when they read, they engage in active thinking strategies throughout the reading process in order to gain comprehension.

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How it works.....

  • Explicit instruction of comprehension strategies
  • Guidance in support of metacognition, or thinking aloud
  • Gradual release
  • The teacher always begins in a very explicit, direct way how to use a particular skill
  • The teacher models how to use the skill to show students what active readers do when they comprehend
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Lets take a look at the your grade level Year At A Glance "YAG"

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The Reading/Writing Connection

Reading and writing are interactive processes that use similar strategies. When taught together, they reinforce each set of skills and can improve achievement. Together, reading and writing can create and atmosphere of communication.

Standards-based writing activities promote the reading and writing connection to increase overall comprehension.

After reading students can "dig into" the text to analyze...

  • How the author wrote a particular piece
  • To identify structural patterns
  • How transition words are used
  • By thinking about the process the writer has used
  • Students gain knowledge

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