This lesson design includes
- modeling- teacher reads and highlights features that make the text "come alive" (p. 41).
- assisted reading- choral reading
- repeated reading
- performance reading
- word study
- home and school involvement- passages were sent home to be practiced.
Over the course of the intervention the five target students made a year's growth in comprehension and reading rate increased between .9% and 36%. According to survey data, the students were more willing to read orally in a group. These result are consistent with research that students improve more in comprehension when fluency is focused upon. It would be interesting to see if there were any indicators that could lend some insight to why one student did so well while another made such little progress. Curiously, the author cites the reason for focusing on fluency is a drop in state test scores, but does not specifically reference any such scores for her subjects in her paper.
Although these results are positive, and students made more progress than in previous years, some progress remained very slow. Increasing the intensity of the intervention might have been warranted.