Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Literacy Navigator - Will it work?

Literacy Navigator is an America's Choice intervention program that is meant to work with 4th- 8th grade students who need a little push to meet the standard. The program is meant to be taught for 27 days, 4-5 days a week and is basically a daily guided reading lesson plan for a small group of students who really need to break down and grapple with text. Schools that are piloting the program are using it before and after school and also during the Work Session of the Readers' Workshop. Each session is meant to be about 50 minutes.

Teachers seem to be excited about the lessons that are all based on non-fiction text, which in Florida, is a large portion of our state test. There is no question that the text in this intervention is challenging, but it is meant to be scaffolded. Students should be able to grapple with the text so they have to use their reading strategies to comprehend. The lessons are not the the ones that our general education teachers are teaching which makes the lessons that much more applealing.
This intervention program consisting of Levels A, B, C, D is targeted at students that are almost at grade level. Level A and B are designed for 4th and 5th grade, Level C for 7th or 8th graders, and Level D for 9th and 10th graders, although, this is flexible based on the reading levels of the targeted students.

Literacy Navigator seems to be a preventative intervention, one that will accelerate student learning so these students will not need intervention programs later. This is a program to watch as the research comes in.

1 comment:

Dorry Lopez said...

How lucky we are to have this at Chets! I can't wait to see the post-test when the 27 days are up. Thanks for sharing with us back home!