Literacy Intervention Program

  • The primary goal of the Winchester Elementary Literacy Program is to provide supplemental reading instruction to those students who have not been identified with any specific reading disability, but would benefit from additional small group instruction to support their literacy learning.

     Reading instruction in our program focuses on the reading of real texts that use natural language. The goal is for children to spend the majority of their time reading. Students are given books on their instructional level so that they are sufficiently challenged but not overwhelmed. Writing is part of the program in that children are encouraged to respond to what they have read through writing, thus providing insight into their level of understanding.

     The first grade program is set up as an early intervention program, being proactive rather than reactive. Children are identified as being at-risk for reading difficulties as they develop their literacy and pre-reading skills. The goal is to assure their success through a small-group setting.

     In grades 2-5, when decoding is typically not the area of concern, comprehension strategies become the major focus. Classroom reading material may be used as a reading source. Lessons are created to help students find ways to remember and organize what they have read. Depending on needs, lessons may focus on vocabulary expansion, reading fluency, and skill development.

     Children are identified for literacy support based on their performance on the Developmental Reading Assessment, MAP Assessment (the universal screening) Benchmark, New York State English Language Arts Assessment (a score of a 2 or 1 automatically qualifies), and in some cases, teacher recommendation. Support may be continued from one school year to the next, based on student performance.