Reading Intervention to Build Comprehension and Critical-Thinking Skills
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Interest Level: Middle School Grades 6-9
TextConnections is a full-year reading intervention course specifically designed for adolescents who have mastered basic phonics and decoding skills but lack solid comprehension and critical thinking skills. TextConnections focuses on comprehension skills and strategies with support from vocabulary, fluency, writing, and independent reading instruction. All instructional approaches and learning tasks in TextConnections are based on seven key principles:
Engages the Learner
Engaging, interactive instruction is vital to bringing success and reading back into the lives of adolescent learners. The TextConnections Student Guides provide 40-60 short selections with space for interactive notes. Genres include fiction, high-interest articles, and informational text. Literature formats include magazines, expository chapter books, graphic novels, and award-winning novels for young adults. Graphic organizers, comprehension checks, self-assessments, and a vocabulary journal are part of every unit.
Supports the Teacher
Teacher materials allow educators to have all the background information, lesson pedagogy, and implementation recommendations they need for instruction. The Teacher's Guide provides complete support for everything teachers need:
The Principles & Practices resource includes an overview of units and instruction, suggestions for classroom management and implementation in multiple settings, and more.
Student performance is assessed formally through reading passages followed by multiple-choice, short-answer, and open-response test items. Other assessments include oral reading fluency, progress-monitoring graphs, quick writes and writing projects, and vocabulary journals.
Teacher's Kit Includes: Teacher's Guide, Principles & Practices Handbook, Talking About Text poster, Vocabulary poster, When Kids Can't Read by Kylene Beers, Lesson Resource CD, and 1 Student Literature Set.