Each lesson has six consistent sections that guide learning. Students use essential reading strategies as they complete a variety of multimodal activities.
1. Before Reading: Heads Up
Students access prior knowlege to provide a framework for deeper textual understanding.
2. During Reading: Think-Along Questions
Readers interact with the text through questioning, predicting, and making connections.
3. After Reading: Make Sense of Words
Vocabulary strategies build vocabulary and provide tools for independent reading.
4. After Reading: Read with Understanding
Multiple-choice questions, similar to those on state and national tests, provide practice for the targeted skill.
5. After Reading: Understand by Seeing It
Students use visual mapping strategies with a variety of graphic organizers.
6. After Reading: Write to Learn
Students demonstrate mastery of comprehension skills and reading strategies through writing activities.
A writing prompt at the end of each lesson allows students to demonstrate their comprehension skills. Two review lessons monitor students' progress and allow students to practice new skills and strategies.
A listening lesson after each review helps students become active and attentive listeners by making and confirming predictions about a selection read to them.