Add new skills and double their reading vocabulary. 2009 AEP Award Winner! PCI Reading Program Takes It to the Next Level! Word Recognition Through Visual Discrimination and Phonetic Patterns in Inflectional Endings
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TARGET GROUP:students who have completed PCI Reading Program Level One
The PCI Reading Program is a research-based curriculum created specifically to teach students with developmental disabilities, autism, and significant learning disabilities how to read. Levels One and Two teach 280 sight words and "real-world" nouns and verbs through a comprehensive system of repetition, "hands-on" practice, controlled-vocabulary reading, and high-interest activities. Nonreaders become successful readers word by word, reading 42 engaging, full-color books along the way.
PCI Reading Program Level Two is designed as the next step for students who have completed Level One. It teaches 140 additional sight words and "real-world" nouns and verbs, advancing students from a 1.0 reading level to a 2.0-2.5 reading level. While Level Two's focus is still on teaching words through visual discrimination, it also introduces students to wrapped text, common inflectional endings, such as -s, -ing, and -ed, and compound words.
Words Taught in Groups of Ten
Level Two uses the same five-step lesson cycle that students became familiar with in Level One, but it teaches the words in groups of ten rather than five. Level Two includes 14 full-color books, one for every ten words learned. Each book features a different character in a typical everyday setting. Books range in length from 12 to 16 pages and move from one paragraph per page to up to three paragraphs per page.
New Instructional Components
A set of 14 reproducible stories is provided to help students review all 140 words they learned in Level One. In addition, Level Two features a new instructional step in the Guided Word Practice lessons called Skill Discovery. The Skill Discovery Lessons Book offers scripted lessons that teach students how to read wrapped text, interpret end punctuation marks, identify and read inflectional endings, and identify and read compound words. Word Strips and specially designed Word Windows are also included to help students practice reading words with inflectional endings and compound words.
Review Stories for Level One Words
To prepare for Level Two, students read 14 short stories that use only the 140 words taught in Level One. Each of the 140 Level One words appears at least once in these stories, and many words are used multiple times. A word assessment chart has been provided so that teachers can easily track students’ retention of the Level One words. Any words not retained should be reviewed before the student begins Level Two.
Building Reading Skills
Like Level One, Level Two includes a Building Reading Skills binder which introduces students to new literacy skills that are critical for reading success. The units in Level Two are:
Within the units, 38 lesson plans incorporate research-based strategies and differentiated instruction to build each skill one step at a time. 62 reproducible student pages include environmental print samples that use the words from the program; sight word lists, sentence lists, and reading samples to build fluency; and writing practice sheets. Three different assessment charts to track rate and accuracy are included in the Fluency unit. The final unit features five reproducible, take-home books to build the school-home connection.
Skill Discovery Lessons
To introduce new print concepts and decoding skills in Level Two, some of the Guided Word Practice Lessons incorporate a Skills Discovery Lesson. These lessons are fully scripted and provided in a separate book in the Level Two box. Seven skills are covered, in the following order:
Once students have been introduced to text wrapping and end punctuation marks, Level Two books and materials begin incorporating paragraphs. Inflectional ending lessons and compound words incorporate decoding, expanding students’ reading skills and preparing them for Level Three of the program. Both lesson plans and reproducible student pages are included in the Skill Discovery Lessons book.
Word Windows and Word Strips
The Word Windows and Word Strips add a new hands-on component to Level Two. Integrated into some of the Guided Word Practice lessons as part of the read-aloud section, the 40 Word Strips provide reading practice with the inflectional endings presented in the program and with compound words. There are four Word Windows:
Once a Word Strip has been introduced in a Guided Word Practice Lesson, students can continue to use it for review and independent practice.
PCI Reading Program Level Two Software maintains the content and approach from the successful print version, including the program features of repetition, practice, and praise. The software can be used alone or in conjunction with the print materials. The software is accessible for students who are single-switch and scan, touch screen, or mouse users. The activities and lessons in Level Two reflect an ocean resort theme. A teenage Reading Buddy helps guide the student through the activities, offering assistance and encouragement. The reward activities include body boarding, riding a watercraft, fishing, whale watching, and more.
How It Works
The software follows the lesson cycle of the print program and automatically advances the student to the next appropriate activity. The student learns to read 140 new words and gets to read a controlled vocabulary book after each set of ten words learned. After completing all the activities for one word and after each Posttest, a student is given access to the library, which is a place where the student can make independent choices. The student can view the certificates he or she has earned, monitor the growth of the Word Wall as he or she advances through the program, select books to read, and play a word-matching game.
There are four different categories of student settings in the software: Time, Audio, Lesson, and Accessibility. These include the ability to set the scanning size, color, and speed; change the font size; have verbal cues repeated; and turn off sound effects.
The software offers a variety of settings that allow the teacher to customize features for each individual student or for an entire class. A teacher may select specific Building Reading Skills for each student. At any time, the teacher may select a particular lesson for the student to review. In addition, the software will suggest a recommended sequence of review activities for each word missed on a Posttest. The teacher can follow the recommendation or create a customized review based on the student's specific needs.
The PCI Level Two Software offers formative and summative assessments. The teacher can enter scores and anecdotal notes for PCI Reading Program activities that are completed away from the computer. The scores can then be reviewed or printed out for use in parent conferences or for Adequate Yearly Progress reports. A teacher may also choose to periodically generate parent letters that communicate a student's program progress.
PDFs on CD include: 140 Level 1 Word Cards, 140 Level 2 Word Cards, Student Workbook, Activity Sheets, Student Certificates, Word Lists, and 14 Review Stories.
Windows:XP SP2 or later/Vista Mac: OS X 10.4 or newer
Level Two Program Components: