It’s challenging to find texts for every student that target specific reading comprehension skills. In order to make inferences, students need texts with familiar topics, appropriate subject matter, and vocabulary at their level. That's where Practice to Progress comes in. I created this resource so that students in the classroom can practice making inferences with material that best meets their needs. Practice to Progress is an intervention program that has everything you need to help below grade level readers practice comprehension skills.
Practice to Progress: An intervention program that targets reading comprehension skills
Regardless of their reading level, all students in your class can make inferences. This resource makes it possible by eliminating some unnecessary obstacles that often prevent some students from practicing and mastering making inferences. Students with weak decoding skills, limited vocabulary, or limited background experiences can spend a lot processing ability just trying to understand what the text says. As a result, many struggle to take the next step and focus on what the text doesn't say. Without the right text or appropriate support, these students aren't able to find text clues, access their schema, and infer. However, with texts at their level and proper support, struggling readers can practice and master this skill.
1.) Differentiated Reading Passages: This resource contains 10 differentiated passages (30 total passages) for students reading below grade level who need more practice and support making inferences. The reading level takes into account the subject matter, sentence length, vocabulary, content, grammatical structure, word count, etc. Each passage includes a discreet symbol that indicates its reading level. There are three levels of each passage so you can easily differentiate with your intervention students.
2.) Differentiated Questions: The scaffolded questions allow you to determine the level of support or independence that each student needs. Students can complete oral guided questions (most support), guided questions, or short-answer questions (least support) in whole-class, small group, or 1:1 settings. With these options, you can easily modify or adapt the task, objective, and your lesson in order to meet the needs of each student.
3.) Re-Teaching Mini-Lessons with Teacher Scripts: In this resource, you will also find re-teaching mini-lessons with scripts so that you (or an interventionist) know exactly what to say and how to deliver the lesson to your students when you pull them for small groups or 1:1 intervention. There are three versions of the script that vary with the setting and level of support needed by the student. The scripts contain explicit instructions to help you re-teach the content. You can use my exact words or use them as a model to plan your own re-teaching.
4.) Intervention Documentation and Progress Monitoring: Documentation and progress monitoring is the foundation of the RTI framework. This resource provides you with the tools to document student performance and monitor progress so that you can make informed decisions. These reporting tools can be used to set new or different academic goals, adapt instruction, and provide meaningful feedback to students, parents, and administration.
5.) Anchor Charts: I've also included a printable anchor chart or poster that you can use to guide your instruction. You can print a copy to use with your re-teaching lesson, or you can print a copy for each student to use as a reference while they practice the skill.
6.) Additional Practice Questions: In addition to the questions that go along with each passage, additional practice questions are included as well. These are great to use a number of different ways. You can use them as a pre-assessment before students read the passages, to check understanding during your re-teaching mini-lesson, or after students read the passages for additional practice.
7.) Question Stems: To help students infer, you can provide them with a set of question stems. You can pass out the question stems as bookmarks for students to use or ask them these questions in a small-group setting. Question stems promote the use of open-ended questions, which incite thought, reflection, and connections. You can choose to ask the questions with the provided passages or with students’ just-right chapter books.
Grade Level Recommendations:
5th Grade: Use this resource as an intervention for readers who have fallen significantly below grade level in reading comprehension.
4th Grade: Use this resource as an intervention for readers who have fallen below grade level in reading comprehension.
3rd Grade: Use this resource as an intervention for readers who have fallen slightly below grade level in reading comprehension.
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