Commercial Program
Comprehension, Oral Reading Fluency, Phonics & Decoding, Vocabulary
Tier II

50-60 mins

Target Student

This program is designed for intermediate and secondary students who completed either the REWARDS Intermediate or REWARDS Secondary program. REWARDS Plus is designed to provide continued decoding and fluency practice with a greater focus on vocabulary and comprehension. This program is designed for students reading at a 2.5 grade level or above.


REWARDS Plus is a strategic, short term intervention program. It is an explicit and systematic program following the “I do,” you do,” “we do” model.


The primary focus in this program is building content-area vocabulary and comprehension skills, as well as supporting students in accurately and fluently reading multisyllabic words commonly found in science and social studies texts and materials.


Graves, A. W., Duesbery, L., Pyle, N. B., Brandon, R. R., & McIntosh, A. S. (2011). Two studies of Tier II literacy development: Throwing sixth graders a lifeline. The Elementary School Journal, 111(4), 641-661.

Kundert, D. K., Newman, D. L., Gifford, T, Haase, R. F., & Clure, G. (2012). New York State Striving Readers Review Technical Report 3: The impact of REWARDS on multisyllabic word reading. University at Albany/SUNY: The Evaluation Consortium.

Shippen, M. E., Houchins, D. E., Steventon, C., & Sartor, D. (2005). A comparison of two direct instruction reading programs for urban middle school students. Remedial and Special Education, 26(3), 175-182.

Vaughn, S., Cirino, P. T., Wanzek, J., Wexler, J., Fletcher, J. M., Denton, C. D., Barth, A., Romain, M., & Francis, D. J. (2010). Response to intervention for middle school students with reading difficulties: Effects of a primary and secondary intervention. School Psychology Review, 39(1), 3-21.

Research Summary

Florida Center for Reading Research

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Available Training

Implementation training, online training, and two-day teacher training workshops are available.

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