I am a Title 1 Reading Intervention Specialist in Nebraska. I am interested in learning what reading intervention programs different schools are using that they think are really good programs. I have researched some, but it is hard to gage just how effective they are.
I am also interested in what strategies for comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, etc that other teachers or reading specialist to find to of interest to the kids and are research based.
To be succinct, here are a few: Comprehension--This one uses self-questioning reading comprehension prompts to promote the conversation between author and reader. Vocabulary Review Games and Vocabulary Word Part Games--These games are a blast! Fluency--This one gives a rationale for differentiating fluency instruction and some great fluency instructional strategies.
Something to keep in mind...The programs/strategies are only effective in as far as they match the need of the student. Example: The intervention program REWARDS is a very structured program that is successful in teaching middle school students with decoding skills at the 4th grade level to increase their proficiency in decoding multisyllabic words. Placing students who scored very low on standardized tests in a REWARDS intervention group is not appropriate unless they need decoding skills.
The first step is to diagnose your students reading abilities to see where their needs lie. Mark gave you a list of some of the the 5 areas of reading: They include, phonemic awareness, decoding, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Match the needs of the students to the instructional strategies that you use.
We have started using the resources from the Florida Center for Reading Research. Teachers from a variety of different grade levels seek out the specific intervention, from the Fab 5, that matches the needs of the student. Best of all the resources are FREE!
Our district has just purchased the Literacy By Design tool for reading. There is one peice of this called Intervention By Design, and although I do not use it as a regular classroom teacher, I can share a few thoughts on the overall program. If we were planning to use LBD as a program independently, I believe it would be weak in several areas. However, it was pitched to us as a tool/resource that can be pulled in throughout the use of other tools. My school piloted it along with another school this year. The comprehension strategies (bridges) are very strong and we like them alot! The vocabulary is all tier 1 or maybe tier 2 in places. We do Hall Vocabulary at my school and feel that this is not something we will cut out. I introduce and discuss the vocabulary with LBD but then move on to more complex vocab. We also continue to use Read Naturally as our fluency peice as we feel it is the most beneficial. It's overall a good resource and I would reccommend checking it out. The big books and whole group reading are strong most days. It also includes a good variety of narrative and expository text.