Inside the Text

Tier 2 Reading Intervention for Struggling Readers Grades 6–12

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  • Why?

    Reading growth

    Inside the Text gives Tier 2 secondary students the five skills they need to increase their reading level to the appropriate grade-level average within one year. 

    Easy to implement

    Inside the Text offers sequential and systematic instruction that revolve around developmentally appropriate informational texts that allow teachers to incorporate effective intervention methodologies into their instruction.

    Keeps students motivated and engaged

    High-interest, edgy, relevant nonfiction articles appeal to students.

    Increases achievement on high-stakes tests

    Rigorous writing lessons help students find evidence, write prompts, and identify thesis statements.

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    • Program Overview Video

      Inside the Text © 2017 is an easy to implement and affordable program for your secondary students that provides extra practice to ensure growth and success in rigorous ELA skills like analyzing and synthesizing complex texts.

    • The Five Literacy Skills Tier 2 Secondary Students Need to Succeed

      Inside the Text provides research-based, scaffolded, and sequenced lessons, built on high-interest literature that is relevant to secondary students.  These lessons focus on the following skills:

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      • Fluency
      • Comprehension
      • Vocabulary Development
      • Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics
      • Writing for Assessments
    • Lesson Pacing and Organization

      Inside the Text has 32 one-page selections with activities centered on each of these selections to promote close reading, comprehension, fluency, vocabulary skills, and writing for performance tasks.

      Before-Reading Activities (frontloading)

      Strategies promote reading comprehension and ensure student success.

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      During-Reading Activities

      A variety of exercises help students improve grammar, vocabulary, and fluency.


      After-Reading Activities

      Tasks focus on writing for performance assessments and mastering fluency.


    • One-page Selections Keep Students Engaged and Motivated

      Lessons are organized into four units that students can relate to: Human Rights and History; Science and Environment; Global Issues; and Sports, Arts, and Self-Expression.

      Unit 1: Human Rights and History

      1. Questions Linger About Tasers
      2. The Beautiful Game Faces Ugliness
      3. The Court Rules on the Second Amendment
      4. Freedom of Speech Gets a Test
      5. The Law Gets Tough with Paparazzi
      6. The International Slavery Museum Opens in England
      7. New Jersey Abolishes the Death Penalty
      8. Students Were Central Figures in the Civil Rights Era

      Quarterly Performance Assessment: The Khmer Rouge Faces Charges

      Unit 2: Science and Environment

      1. Plastic Swirls in the Pacific
      2. Japan Struggles with its Nuclear Future
      3. Venice Puts Up a Defense
      4. Brazil Counts Trees in the Amazon Basin
      5. Bike Sharing Gets Rolling
      6. Fracking Raises Serious Concerns
      7. The Outlook Is Improving for Right Whales
      8. DNA Sampling Goes to Court

      Quarterly Performance Assessment: New Ban Targets Giant Snakes

      Unit 3: Global Issues

      1. Space Is Filling with Junk
      2. The World Focuses on Girls’ Problems
      3. Global Zero Launches Its Campaign
      4. South Africa Fights Back Against Poachers
      5. Somalia’s Problems Lead to Piracy
      6. A Saudi Woman Makes Film History
      7. Families of Missing Persons Get Help
      8. “How Big Was It?”

      Quarterly Performance Assessment: Sharks Find Themselves in Danger

      Unit 4: Sports, Arts, and Self-Expression

      1. The NFL Recognizes Brain Damage to Players
      2. Americans Love Their Marathons
      3. Doping Damages Even the Best
      4. Title IX Has Brought Changes for Women
      5. Museum Looks for Art’s Rightful Owner
      6. Once Upon a Time There Were Two Brothers ...
      7. Court Gives Saggy Pants a Lift
      8. Now You See It, Now You Don’t!

      Quarterly Performance Assessment: The Globetrotters Still Know How to Play the Game!

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    • Rigorous Writing Lessons

      In addition to the Quarterly performance assessments, there are a variety of writing exercises to get students ready for on-demand writing assessments.  National and state standardized tests require students to be able to write an argumentative essay and support their claim with evidence.  With Inside the Text, students will learn the main parts of an argument and easily learn to recognize evidence through close reading.

      Analyzing a Prompt (Using R.A.F.T. to Understand a Prompt)


      Analyzing Informational or Argumentative Texts (Understanding Informational and Argumentative Academic Language)


      What’s Your Point? (Recognizing Strong Claims) 


      Take a Stand (Comprehension—Analysis and Synthesis Through Debate)


    • Tier 2 Reading Intervention

      Great Tier 2 reading intervention for all secondary students, pairs well with Collections.

      Inside the Text is a versatile program with a flexible pacing and lesson structure that can supplement any Tier 1 ELA program.

  • Features

    Inside the Text—a Tier 2 solution—brings students who struggle with close reading up to grade level within one year in the ELA skills they need most.

    Build Comprehension Skills

    Lessons in Inside the Text help students recognize text structure, so they can use it to help them understand the ideas that are being presented across all subjects and content areas.

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    Increase Students’ Fluency

    Inside the Text embeds fluency instruction right into the strategy sequence through a host of short, repetitive activities—helping students better understand informational texts.

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    Enhance Students’ Academic Vocabulary

    Aside from building skills in comprehension, fluency, oral language, and on-demand writing, Inside the Text offers exercises to help grow students’ academic vocabulary through structural analysis. 

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    • Strong Focus on Building Comprehension Skills

      Comprehension is one of the most important skills for secondary students today.  It affects their performance across the curriculum and is a skill they will use throughout their lives.

      Lessons in Inside the Text are centered on one-page selections with before-, during-, and after-reading exercises that promote close reading and comprehension. The selections are engaging and interesting to students, with topics that include Taser use, civil rights, and sports.

      As elementary students transition into middle and high school, one of the main instructional shifts that they struggle with is the new focus on informational texts (instead of stories or narratives). If students can recognize text structure, they can use it to help them understand the ideas that are being presented. Inside the Text uses the following logical sequence to help create close readers who will be able to make inferences and interpret informational texts in other content areas.

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    • Inside the Text Increases Students’ Fluency

      Approximately eighty percent of the reading that students do by the time they leave the eighth grade is informational in nature. Lack of fluency is one of the main reasons why Tier 2 secondary students struggle with understanding and comprehending informational texts.  These challenges include inability to accurately recognize words, a lack of automatic processing, and the inability to engage in prosodic reading. They may experience difficulty because they read in a slow and halting manner, word by word, and have trouble pronouncing words quickly and accurately.

      Inside the Text economizes the means of fluency instruction by embedding it into the strategy sequence through a variety of short, repetitive activities.

      Before Reading Exercises like Time My Read #1 help with Word Fluency


      Before Reading Exercises like Echo Reading #1 help with Phrasal Fluency


    • Various Exercises to Grow Students’ Academic Vocabulary

      Studies have shown that teaching structural analysis—the process of breaking up a word into meaningful parts—does help students figure out a word’s meaning.  And they are more likely to understand new words if they have previous knowledge of a similar word part, like a prefix or suffix. Similar to using prefixes and suffixes, good readers also recognize the large number of root words from other languages found in the English language. In particular, English is full of words originating in Latin and Greek.

      Two Sure-fire Ways to Teach Vocabulary: Context Clues and Structural Analysis


      Context clues are the words and phrases around an unknown word that help good readers infer its meaning. Instruction in context clues improves a student’s ability to infer meaning. There are two types of context clues—“lean” or “rich.” “Rich” clues use signal words to give the reader a definition or to illustrate the relationship between the unknown word and the rest of the sentence. The following chart provides the major signal words used in “rich” context clues. It doesn’t help students to memorize definitions of these words because they are defined by the function they serve. Instead, teachers should point these signal words out whenever they appear. It is helpful if teachers also “think out loud,” modeling to use a signal word to figure out an unknown term.

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