I am creating and developing a brand new reading intervention program at the school where I work. It has been really exciting and the response has been good. I am looking for ideas on organizing lesson plans. I am trying to stay consistent with what the students are learning each week in the areas of writing and comprehension but they change each week. I am finding it hard to use the assessment information which show areas of need and incorporating the weekly skills they are learning. Should I focus on specific skills separate from what they are learning in the classroom? For example...inferences are really difficult and really would require a few weeks of instruction rather than switching each week.
Would love advice or suggestions!
It is nice to have your lessons go with their writing and comprehension, but if they need more help in one area than another focus on that. There may be times when they don't need as much help in one area so your times may work out. If not it is more important that they really understand what they are doing in your class. If it doesn't match up with the other teacher's class that is ok. It could be good since they won't always feel that they are doing the same sort of thing in two classes.Yes, it is nice to have that reinforcement but they also need to use it in different area so changing it up from time to time could be good as well.
I teach adults of varying literacy levels. I realize that adults have somewhat different literacy needs from young students, but I do have a couple suggestions.
In adults we work to make a list of words they need to know for their jobs or to communicate with their children's teacher. For children, make a list of words about a hobby, sports game, or something that interests them. From that go to books on that topic of appropriate reading level, but let the child direct the first lessons by what he wants to know.
I have found that writing is one of the best ways to improve reading. My students keep a journal which they write in at the beginning of class. I will put a topic on the board and let them write for about 10 minutes. Topics vary. Some are fun; some are thoughtful; some days we just have free writing. It's time consuming but I answer every entry. Rather than correct misused or misspelled words, I use them correctly in my response. By the end of the semester we have a neat dialog with much improvement in reading and writing.
Here are some Thinkfinity resources that may help improve literacy:
What other materials have you found to help students develop better literacy skills?