“In a small volume, Sheila Alber-Morgan addresses RTI in a much more comprehensive way than other texts. The book provides critical features of RTI across reading, writing, handwriting, and spelling and is packed with practical information for each tier.”
—Nancy L. Cooke, Associate Professor of Special Education
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
“Alber-Morgan clearly and concisely articulates the theoretical and empirical bases of RTI—an important and worthy achievement. For the classroom teacher, her book provides numerous assessment and instructional strategies for turning the great promise of RTI into reality for students.”
—William L. Heward, Professor Emeritus
The Ohio State University
Practical intervention strategies for diverse learners who struggle with literacy!
Literacy is a critical foundational skill for success in school and throughout adulthood. Covering both reading and writing instruction, this book shows K–8 teachers how to build the literacy skills of diverse learners, including those with disabilities and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, in inclusive classrooms.
Sheila Alber-Morgan discusses instruction and assessment within a Response to Intervention (RTI) framework and demonstrates how to provide targeted support to students struggling with literacy or those who may require special attention to achieve success. Providing specific interventions for tiers 1, 2, and 3, this book offers: Evidence-based practices such as guided note taking, the use of response cards, peer-mediated instruction, self monitoring, and direct instruction; Strategies for phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension; Methods for teaching handwriting, spelling, keyboarding, and the writing process; A discussion on using thematic units to integrate reading and writing
With sample assessments, graphic organizers, and brief case studies of students, this timely volume assists teachers and literary specialists in providing the support that diverse learners need to succeed.
Assessing for Intervention in Writing
As with reading, teachers need efficient, accurate, and sensitive measures to monitor student writing progress so they can plan appropriate multitiered instruction within the RTI model. Meaningful assessment of written expression is critical for planning effective instruction. Effective assessment enables teachers to identify the strengths and needs of each student and use that information to make appropriate and timely instructional decisions. Writing assessment can be particularly challenging because good writing is a complex synthesis of many skills. Communicating ideas through written expression first requires some proficiency with writing conventions such as spelling, capitalization, punctuation, word usage, and sentence construction. Effective writers must also be able to organize, develop, and support their ideas, express ...