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 MS DP 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.


ClassWide Peer Tutoring

Instructional Practice
Comprehension, Oral Reading Fluency, Vocabulary
Tier I,II

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.

Have You Ever?

Instructional Practice
Tier II

Have You Ever? is an instructional practice that affords students the opportunity to associate newly learned words with contexts from their own personal experiences.

Vocabulary Logs

Instructional Practice
Tier I

Vocabulary Logs are a graphic organizer of learned words that students can use to deepen their understanding of words beyond the context of a reading selection. Using vocabulary logs, students can review/revisit learned words and continue to strengthen the understanding of word meanings. Vocabulary logs can be used in conjunction with any other vocabulary strategies or in Tier 1 instruction with the whole class.

Word Sort

Instructional Practice, Learning Strategy
Tier I,II

The Word Sort strategy increases students’ understanding of content related vocabulary words by allowing the students to sort predetermined words into categories (closed sort) or sorting the words that they decide are related into groups (open sort). Students can more familiar with new vocabulary through a word sort or students can gain extra practice with previously learned vocabulary through word sorts.

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