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Boost Your Reading Skills: Effective ELA Strategies for RTI Students!


When working with RTI (Response to Intervention) students in ELA (English Language Arts), it's important to use a variety of reading strategies to help them improve their skills. Here are some effective ELA reading strategies that you can use with RTI students:

  1. Pre-Reading: Before reading a text, help students activate their prior knowledge and make connections to the topic. Preview the text with them, highlight headings, subheadings, and illustrations. Ask them to make predictions and write down questions they may have. This helps to build anticipation and interest, and increases comprehension and engagement.

  2. Chunking: Break longer texts into smaller, manageable parts or "chunks". This makes it easier for students to process the information and retain it. After each chunk, ask students to summarize what they read in their own words. This helps students to monitor their own comprehension and identify areas where they may need more support.

  3. Visualizing: Encourage students to create mental images as they read. This helps to improve comprehension and retention of information. Ask them to describe the images they are creating in their minds and how they are changing as they read.

  4. Questioning: Teach students to ask questions about what they are reading. This helps them to become active readers and improves comprehension. Encourage them to ask "who, what, where, when, why, and how" questions. You can also model effective questioning by asking them questions as they read and encouraging them to do the same.

  5. Summarizing: After reading a text, ask students to summarize what they have read in their own words. This helps them to consolidate the information they have learned and identify the main ideas and supporting details. Encourage them to use a graphic organizer, such as a Venn diagram or a flowchart, to help them organize their thoughts.

  6. Monitoring Comprehension: Teach students to monitor their own comprehension as they read. Encourage them to stop and ask themselves if they understand what they are reading. If they don't understand, they can use the strategies above to clarify their understanding.

Remember, when working with RTI students, it's important to provide targeted support that meets their individual needs. Use these strategies as a starting point, but be flexible and adjust them as needed to help your students succeed.

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