This course is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop and apply critical reading, vocabulary, and writing skills through guided, shared, and independent reading and writing.  Instruction in test-taking skills, including performance tasks, comprehension strategies for reading content area texts, oral and written communication skills and exposure to a variety of genres will be emphasized.

Criteria for Placement:

Intensive intervention for students reading more than 2 years below grade level based on evidence of multiple measures (i.e. Gates, Necap, DAR, Scrantron, Maze Passages, Fluency Probes, Running Records, CBMs etc.).


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Things you can do at home to help your child become a better reader

Please continue to help support your child’s reading progress.Here are some literacy suggestions that can be implemented at home:

  • Read with your child each day for at least 15 minutes.
  • Talk with your child about what he/she is reading.
  • Encourage your child to write for a variety of reasons (cards, letters, journals etc.).
  • Encourage your child to use reading for a variety of reasons (recipes, lists etc.).
  • Encourage your child to read at home, each day, for at least 20 minutes.
  • Encourage your child to read independently and/or read aloud to another person.
  • Encourage your child to ask real, meaningful questions (share the questions you have when you read to show that even you have questions while you read).
  • Inspire your child to wonder by questioning…Why? What does this mean? How come…?
  • Teach your child to be comfortable with questions that do not have answers.
  • Monitor your child’s homework daily.
  • Visit the library with your child.
  • Keep a list of books to read together.
  • Support your child’s regular attendance.
  • Attend parent conferences.

For more information about the PHS 3-Tiered Scaffolded Literacy Program and reading asessments click here.

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