Using the Quality Comprehension Model to Meet the Needs of Intermediate-Level Learners
Sandra K. Athans
Denise Ashe Devine
Addressing the unique needs of today's intermediate-level learners is often challenging—standards are rigorous, and the need to differentiate instruction so all students' needs are met is a must. Therefore, this chapter discusses these specific challenges and then demonstrates how the Quality Comprehension Model can be used to address the specific needs of intermediate-level students. The chapter first describes the four components of the Model: 1) instruction in key comprehension strategies, 2) independent reading and practice activities, 3) assessments, and 4) the Read-Along Guide—a multipage student-completed booklet for practicing the use of comprehension strategies. Then, guiding questions to consider when deciding on instructional settings and grouping are presented, along with vignettes illustrating what these settings and groupings look like in the classroom. Activities to increase student motivation and background knowledge are also included.
Athans, S.K., & Devine, D. (2008).
Using the Quality Comprehension Model to Meet the Needs of Intermediate-Level Learners.
In Quality Comprehension (pp. 17-44). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.