Intervention Tool Chart :: Reading

Looking for an intervention for your students?  The Intervention Tools Chart is designed to be used by educators as a resource to locate interventions, instructional practices, and learning strategies that can be used within an RtI process.  Please note:  the listing of specific tools is not meant as an endorsement by the NYS RtI TAC or the NYSED.  Rather, it is up to the consumer to research selected tools for evidence of effectiveness.  The chart contains three types of tools that are either free or available for purchase:  commercial programs, instructional practices, and learning strategies.

Title
Component
Tier
Grade

3H Strategy

Learning Strategy
Comprehension
Tier III
3rd—12th

3H is a mnemonic learning strategy that students can use to remember how to answer different types of comprehension questions. It involves the three types of question-answer relationships: here, hidden, and in my head.

Accelerated Readerâ„¢

Commercial Program
Oral Reading Fluency
Tier I,II,III
Pre-K—1st

Accelerated Reader is a reading management software program that supports individualized reading practices for students in grades K to 12.  This program uses four types of quizzes  (reading practice, vocabulary practice, literacy skills, textbook quizzes) to assess students’ daily progress, measuring the quality, quantity, and level of difficulty they are reading using the Advantage TASA Open Standard, a readability formula that provides reading levels based on the entire contents of books. This program does not teach reading strategies as much as it is a tool for holding students accountable for the time they spend reading text.

Phonemic Awareness, Phonics & Decoding
Tier III
Pre-K—12th

The Barton Reading & Spelling System® is a one-to-one tutoring system designed to improve the reading, writing, and spelling skills of children, teenagers, or adults who struggle due to dyslexia or another learning disability. Although the program is designed to be one-to-one, it may also be used in a small group setting, but each level will take longer to complete.

Blending Lesson/Activity

Sample Lesson/Activity
Phonemic Awareness
Tier II,III
K

The National Center on INTENSIVE INTERVENTION has sample lessons and activities intended to assist special education teachers, interventionists, and others working with students with intensive reading needs.

The lessons/materials are not intended to be used as an intervention, but can provide support for developing and customizing lessons to meet student needs.

Bright Beginnings

Commercial Program
Phonemic Awareness, Phonics & Decoding
Tier I
Pre-K

Bright Beginnings is an early childhood curriculum, based in part on the High/Scope® and The Creative Curriculum® models, with additional emphasis on building early language and literacy skills. The curriculum consists of nine thematic units designed to enhance cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. Each unit includes concept maps, literacy lessons, center activities, and home activities. Parent involvement is also a key component of the program.

CAATS

Learning Strategy
Comprehension
4th—12th

The CAATS strategy is an acronym that stands for Creator, Assumptions, Audience/User, Time and Place, and Significance. The purpose of this strategy is to help students look closely at these features of a text. This strategy also assists students in critically analyzing the stated and unstated messages of a given text.

Change One Letter

Sample Lesson/Activity
Phonics & Decoding
Tier II,III
K—2nd

The National Center on INTENSIVE INTERVENTION has sample lessons and activities intended to assist special education teachers, interventionists, and others working with students with intensive reading needs.

The lessons/materials are not intended to be used as an intervention, but can provide support for developing and customizing lessons to meet student needs.

ClassWide Peer Tutoring

Instructional Practice
Comprehension, Oral Reading Fluency, Vocabulary
Tier I,II
1st—12th

According to What Works Clearinghouse, ClassWide Peer Tutoring (CWPT) is a peer-assisted instructional strategy designed to be integrated into any existing reading curriculum. CWPT provides students with increased opportunities to practice reading skills by asking questions and receiving immediate feedback from a peer tutor. Pairs of students take turns tutoring each other to reinforce concepts and skills initially taught by the teacher. Thus, students will fulfill both the role of the tutor and tutee. The teacher creates age-appropriate materials, taking into account the students’ language skills and disabilities.

 

This is an instructional practice. An instruction practice is a teaching method that guides interactions in the classroom and supports student learning. Instructional practices involve an educator using particular method, practice, or protocol during instruction.

Close Reading

Learning Strategy
Comprehension
Tier I,II
3rd—12th

Close Reading is a strategy for complex texts that develops the students’ understanding through multiple opportunities to read the same text. It is based on the thinking that each time the student reads the text, something new is discovered.  Each time a student reads through the short, complex text, the level of thinking becomes more in depth allowing the student to grasp the reading better and better each time. Teachers must scaffold this strategy to engage the students in a deep dive of the text and influential discussion.   

Close Thinking

Learning Strategy
Comprehension
K—2nd

Close Thinking is a strategy for complex texts that develops the students’ understanding through multiple opportunities to hear the same text. It is based on the thinking that each time the student hears the text, something new is discovered. Each time a student hears a short, complex text read aloud to them, the level of thinking becomes more in depth allowing the student to grasp the reading better and better each time. Teachers must scaffold this strategy to engage the students in a deep dive of the text and influential discussion.

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