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Just Read, Florida!

Read this handbook for ideas about building reading skills using research and planning resources for intervention sessions.

Topic: Interventions, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics

Doing What Works

Dr. Janice Dole gives an overview of the recommendation to provide direct and explicit comprehension strategy instruction in grades 4-12.

Topic: Comprehension

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Watch a short video that describes effective practices for having thick and thin conversations.

Topic: Language Development

Doing What Works

Dr. Joseph Dimino explains how the thinkaloud strategy can be used during instruction. He demonstrates a comprehension thinkaloud using text and pictorial clues and a phonics thinkaloud using a silent "e" example. Download the Thinkaloud Survey to help teachers reflect on their implementation.

Topic: Beginning Reading

Doing What Works

The survey helps teachers reflect on their implementation of the thinkaloud strategy.

Topic: Beginning Reading, Professional Development

Doing What Works

This "buddy talk" lesson plan includes objectives, materials, and teacher question prompts. Also included here are student worksheets for making text connections and teacher observation checklists for formative assessment. Watch the presentation, Buddy Talk, to hear a description of the lesson.

Topic: Comprehension

Council of Chief State School Officers

This brief is intended to give an overview of the current status of state third grade reading laws and policies, with the goal of supporting states' early literacy goals.

Topic: Legislation

Doing What Works

Watch a team of third-grade teachers review assessment data and hear how they adjust their reading comprehension instruction based on the needs of their students. Listen to a literacy coach describe the team's purpose and process.

Topic: Assessments, Comprehension, Professional Development

Great Schools

Learn three important skills teens need in order to comprehend what they read. Watch as these kids identify key ideas, learn vocabulary, and stick with it when understanding doesn't come easily.

Topic: Comprehension

Doing What Works

Watch Dr. Carol McDonald Connor talk about differentiated instruction methods at Tier 1. She explains how teachers can group students according to learning needs during regular instruction and what school administrators can do to support teachers' use of differentiated instruction in the classroom setting. She also addresses the important issue of small group management.

Topic: General Literacy