Reading Program Explanation
Leveled Literacy Intervention
Leveled Literacy Intervention is a scientifically based system that is designed to prevent literacy difficulties. It has been highly successful in achieving its goal of bringing children to grade level.
Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) is designed to supplement the small-group instruction that children receive in the classroom. Lessons are provided daily for 30 minutes. Each lesson provides instruction in reading, writing, and phonics/word study.
Fast Track Reading
Fast Track Reading is a comprehensive and intensive program based on current research. It is designed to accelerate readers to grade-level proficiency.
Fast Track magazines are organized into high-interest themes. Fiction and nonfiction articles are included in every magazine, along with practical reading applications, such as maps, menus, newspaper articles, and directions.
The ultimate goal of reading is for the reader to make meaning of the text. Fast Track Reading teaches students how to extract information from the text and combine it with prior knowledge and experience in order to make meaning. Comprehension strategies are taught through explicit and direct instruction. Each strategy is modeled and practiced several times.
Phonics for Reading
Phonics for Reading is a systematic, research-based, instructional program. It provides explicit instruction in phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, and comprehension. Lessons are sequenced to guide and build students' learning. Every lesson allows for consistent routines, repeated practice, and immediate feedback.
The first level focuses on short vowels, double consonants, consonant blends, and consonant digraphs.
The second level progresses with long vowels, vowel combinations, CVCe words, word endings, and r-controlled vowel sounds.
The third level expands concepts with letter/vowel combinations, prefixes and suffixes, minor sounds of c and g, and minor sounds of vowel combinations.
"Rewards" is a specialized reading program designed to teach students a flexible strategy for decoding long words.
Although the ultimate goal of reading instruction is comprehension, a child needs to be able to read the words to have a pathway to comprehension. Poorly developed word recognition skills can cause reading challenges.
Intermediate students encounter approximately 10,000 new words each year. Most of these words are longer, having two or more syllables. These multisyllabic words carry most of the meaning in a passage.
"Rewards" teaches students a flexible strategy for reading longer words rather than a set of rigid syllabication rules. Eighty percent of multisyllabic words contain at least one prefix or suffix. All decodable word parts contain vowels. Therefore, the students are taught to identify prefixes, suffixes, and vowel sounds in order to assist them in segmenting the word into manageable "chunks."
Students are taught the skills in isolation. Practice activities allow them to practice the skills within sentences and passages. This practice increases the probability that the students will transfer the strategy to classroom reading assignments.
Raz-kids is an interactive online reading tool that allows students to practice reading fluency and comprehension skills at their independent reading level. The students can listen to a story for modeled fluency, read a story aloud with pronunciation and vocabulary support, and check their comprehension through an interactive quiz. Students earn points, or "stars" to build a Rocket Room.
Student reading is monitored by teachers, who can make specific assignments based on student need, write messages to encourage students, award bonus points (stars) for good work, or open up a bookroom to give students access to more books.