Plan intensive instruction on foundational reading skills for students in Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions.

Instruction at Tier 2 and Tier 3 must be intensive and focused on the critical grade-level reading skills, such as phonemic awareness, decoding, reading comprehension, and fluency. Students in Tier 2 interventions should receive small group instruction focused on up to three foundational reading skills three to five times a week for 20 to 40 minutes per session. At Tier 3, schools should intensify instruction by focusing on fewer skills and providing extended daily sessions. Research suggests systematic, explicit instruction is most effective, so teachers should incorporate instructional strategies and supports, such as modeling, scaffolding, thinkalouds, and graphic organizers, and provide students with immediate corrective feedback. Teachers need to build skills gradually and provide frequent practice opportunities to ensure that students have mastered a reading skill before moving on.

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Explicit Instruction Lesson Plan Template

Trainers, reading specialists, and coaches are encouraged to use this lesson planner to help interventionists implement explicit teaching strategies. The tool includes a lesson plan worksheet and a...

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06/22/2014
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Observing Explicit Reading Instruction

Download this tool as a framework for conducting observations of explicit reading instruction. It includes an observation checklist, teacher self-reflection form, guidelines for reviewing the...

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06/22/2014
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Teacher Self-Assessment: Improving Systematic Instruction

This tool can be used by reading specialists and coaches to help teachers reflect on their implementation of systematic and explicit teaching strategies during small group and one-to-one tiered...

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06/22/2014
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K-2 Essential Reading Standards Assessment Form

Content standards identify skills, knowledge, and abilities that all students should master in a subject area at specific grade levels. This list of K-2 reading content standards is adapted from...

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06/22/2014
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Reading Skills Error Analysis Sheet

Iowa teachers use this error analysis sheet to identify student errors and plan interventions to address a student’s specific needs using intensive instructional strategies. This resource includes...

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06/22/2014
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Foundational Reading Skills: Instructional Routines

The Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) has developed instructional routines for teaching foundational reading skills in grades K-3, including phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension,...

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06/22/2014
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Five Essential Reading Components

This summary chart of the five essential reading components is used in Iowa schools to help teachers understand the components and high priority skills identified within each component. The chart...

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06/22/2014
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Thinkaloud Survey

The survey helps teachers reflect on their implementation of the thinkaloud strategy. The survey asks teachers to rate their skills, describe frequency of use, and identify where they need...

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06/22/2014
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Thinkaloud Examples in Comprehension and Phonics

Thinkaloud Examples in Comprehension and Phonics

Dr. Joseph Dimino explains how the thinkaloud strategy can be used during instruction. He demonstrates a comprehension thinkaloud using text and pictorial clues and a phonics thinkaloud using a...

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06/22/2014
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Systematic Teaching Strategies

This material, developed for Pennsylvania schools, describes several strategies, outlines student/teacher benefits, and provides instructional principles. Strategies include explicit teaching,...

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06/22/2014
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Modeling Initial Sounds in Tier 3

Modeling Initial Sounds in Tier 3

A reading specialist demonstrates modeling, guided practice, and error correction strategies during an intensive one-on-one lesson on letter sounds. She discusses how she models correct sounds and...

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06/22/2014
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Intensive Tier 3 Instruction

Intensive Tier 3 Instruction

In this expert interview, Dr. Dimino describes intensive Tier 3 interventions and discusses the importance of considering how to group students, pace lessons, and provide error correction and...

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06/20/2014
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