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Delivered in five, 90-minute sessions, this program is for students who struggle with reading comprehension or who would like to deepen their understanding of what they read. Strategy instruction improves reading comprehension, and studies have shown that teaching reading strategies to students with learning disabilities improves comprehension (Gersten, Fuchs, Williams and Baker, 2001; Mastropieri, Scruggs and Graetz, 2003; Swanson, 1999). Supports for students with learning disabilities enhance comprehension for every learner. Studies have also shown that when students were taught strategies to identify the main ideas of a text (Graves et Levin, 1989), recognize the structure of a text (Bakken, Mastropieri and Scruggs, 1997), and summarize a text (Berkeley, Mastropieri and Scruggs, 2011), their performance improved. Students will receive strategy handouts and will learn the science of reading.
Specific evidence-based strategies are taught to students that can be applied in any reading situation and to any reading genre to help readers make sense of text. Strategies and technology use are incorporated into the sessions for students who require the use of assistive technology to read.