upper elementary and middle school, students are expected to
comprehend challenging content area reading. Yet according
to the Rand report on adolescent literacy (2004), many children are not moving beyond
basic decoding skills as they advance to fourth grade and classes in
history, mathematics and science. Continuous literacy instruction
beyond third grade is needed to prepare students for a
demanding job market, the report concluded.
Together Intermediate, written at the fourth-grade
level, gives students the skills they need to compete. It features
high-interest passages and trade books for students in fourth, fifth and sixth grades, and focuses on
reading with purpose and activating prior knowledge to help students
prepare for the type of texts they will encounter. Lessons are
grouped by theme, so tutees learn to synthesize information from
several tutorials. They also learn to form their own questions,
and find answers by rereading and using classroom resources. See a sample lesson to preview strategies used to promote fluency and comprehension.
Guided oral reading
Silent independent reading
Monitoring and correcting
Spelling is enhanced through multiple reading and writing activities in all lessons.
Setting a purpose
Text connections (text-to-self; text-to-world; text-to-text)
Vocabulary is built as students are exposed to authentic literature and actively participate in learning.
Writing is practiced in each lesson during post-reading activities (Venn
diagrams and other graphic organizers, etc.). Students are asked to
compare and contrast information from several lessons, developing a
more sophisticated understanding of the text.
Reading Together Intermediate is part of a continuum that includes Grade Two and Grade Three.
Intermediate challenges students to master more complex text.