Synopses & Reviews
Applying principles from Linda and Carla's latest book, Interventions That Work: A Comprehensive Intervention Model for Reversing Reading Failure, their DVD series, Interventions that Work illustrates how teachers use data to implement research-based interventions—from kindergarten to eighth grade–that transform struggling students into successful readers and writers. The interventions are part of the authors’ Comprehensive Intervention Model (CIM), a design for preventing reading failure in the early grades and reversing reading failure in the upper grades.
The Comprehension Focus Group DVD (CFG) includes two disks of classroom video, lesson plans, and a wealth of resources along with a facilitator’s guide for training and implementing the small group intervention. The CFG offers teachers the training and support they need for learning about “Comprehension Focus Groups” as an intervention for struggling readers and as an intervention for their school’s Response to Intervention (RTI) plan.
Features: Provides a small-group intervention, based on the authors' Comprehension for Intervention Model (CIM), for students in grades four and beyond who are lagging behind their peers in reading. Consists of a series of 30-minute daily reading and writing lessons designed to promote students' knowledge of genre and text structures through in-depth units of study. Includes opportunities for teachers to collect systematic data for progress monitoring. Guides teachers in implementing explicit teaching and concrete examples to assist struggling readers to develop efficient strategies for problem solving in texts and to comprehend the message at deeper levels. Features two disks:
Disk One contains supplemental materials such as the Facilitators’ Guide, Power Point Presentation slides, guide sheet of
lesson components, planners, Text Map/Writing Guide, and mentor texts for personal narrative.
Disk Two contains CFG video lessons in reading and writing based on a unit of study for personal narrative texts. This disk
is divided into four chapters with each chapter representing a unique phase with a total of 13 episodes under the phases.
The episodes take place over a period of four weeks.
"The overall implementation of the Comprehensive Literacy Model has resulted in improved achievement for our students with disabilities on high stakes testing. The use of guided reading plus and comprehension focus groups has provided our special education teachers with additional tools to meet the individual needs of students with disabilities. These interventions, prior to referral for special education, has resulted in fewer and more appropriate referrals and a lower incidence rate of students identified as learning disabled." -Phyllis Wolfram, Director Special Services, Ozark R-VI School District, Missouri
"We are thrilled to add our voices to the chorus of praise for the Guided Reading Plus and Comprehensive Focus Group DVD’s. We have used them in training for over 300 classroom, intervention, special education teachers, and administrators who have gained immeasurably from the opportunity to analyze expert small group intervention teaching in action. We have found them an invaluable professional development resource."
-Molly Bozo and Linda Wert, District Literacy Coaches, Spokane Public Schools, Spokane, Washington
"The DVDs for Intervention That Works are superb in providing a visual, interactive model for educators learning to implement Guided Reading Plus and Comprehension Focus Groups. These invaluable professional resources create opportunities for teachers to engage in rich discussions around essential intervention components, developing deep understandings of change over time in student literacy learning. Students and teachers featured on the video provide strong examples of how success in learning is achieved for struggling students when teachers deliver precise, targeted instruction to match learners’ needs. For anyone trying to deliver professional development around a comprehensive intervention model in literacy, these tapes are a “must have” resource."
-Mary Rosser, Director of the University Trainer Center for Reading Recovery; Coordinator of Literacy Professional Development Programs, University of Maine
Key Topics: Guides teachers and administrators in implementing effective interventions for struggling learners. Perfect method for meeting Response to Intervention. Market: Educators in grades 3-8.
Celebrated literacy experts Linda Dorn and Carla Soffos guide teachers and administrators in implementing effective response to intervention plans in their newest series on reading intervention. Applying principles from their latest book, Interventions That Work: A Comprehensive Intervention Model for Reversing Reading Failure, their five-set DVD series illustrates how teachers use data to implement research-based interventions —from kindergarten to eighth grade–that transform struggling students into successful readers and writers.
About the Author
Linda Dorn is a Professor of Reading Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she is Director of the Center for Literacy. She has over 25 years of teaching experience, including teaching at the elementary and intermediate levels. She has published numerous articles on literacy acquisition, and she has co-authored four professional books: Apprenticeship in Literacy: Transitions Across Reading and Writing; Scaffolding Young Writers: A Writing Workshop Approach; Shaping Literate Minds: Developing Self-Regulated Learners; and Teaching for Deep Comprehension: A Reading Workshop Approach (Stenhouse).
Carla Soffos is a literacy specialist with the Arkansas Department of Education. She has twenty-one years of experience in education, including teaching in the primary grades and Literacy Coaching. She is co-author of two books, Shaping Literate Minds and Scaffolding Young Writers, and three video series, Results That Last, Developing Independent Learners, and Organizing for Literacy. Soffos is currently completing degree requirements for an Educational Specialist in Reading, with a research focus on intervention programs in comprehensive literacy schools.
Table of Contents
Disk One features
- Facilitators’ Guide
- Power Point Presentation slides
- Guide Sheet of lesson components
- Blank planner, Preparing for the Phases
- Blank planner, Phases One, Two, and Three
- Filled-out planner, Preparing for the Phases
- Filled-out planner, Phases One, Two, and Three
- Text Map/Writing Guide
- Mentor texts for personal narrative
Disk Two features Comprehension Focus Group lessons in reading and writing based on
a unit of study for personal narrative texts. This disk is divided into four chapters:
- Prepare for Reading Phase
- Reading Phase
- Prepare for Writing Phase
- Writing Phase