RTI Strategies for Reading

Instructor: Amanda Wiesner-Groff

Amanda has created and taught English/ESL curricula worldwide, has an M.Ed, and is the current ESOL Coordinator for the Saint Louis Public School District.

Within RTI, teachers must utilize research-based, high quality instructional strategies in order to effectively teach the skills needed for literacy progression and success. Read on for reading comprehension instructional strategies that fall in-line with the Response to Intervention process.

Response to Intervention (RTI) & Reading

Within Response to intervention (RTI), teachers are required to call upon research-based instructional strategies and regular progress monitoring in order to maintain, or bring students to, grade-level reading standards. This lesson will explain the steps you should be taking to provide high-quality reading instruction and will provide some reading comprehension instructional strategies that fall in line with the RTI process.

Gradual Release of Responsibility (GRR)

When instructing according to the RTI model, there are particular steps you should take to ensure your lessons meet the objectives. Gradual release of responsibility (GRR) aims to move the teacher from assuming all of the responsibility of executing a task or strategy, to having the student assume all of the responsibility.

  • Explain - Ensure students understand why a strategy is useful by giving focused instruction of how the strategy should be used.
  • Model (I do) - Provide a demonstration by not only modeling the strategy, but also modeling how to execute said strategy.
  • Guided Instruction (We do) - Execute the strategy together and provide standard error corrections or redirection where needed.
  • Collaborative Learning (You do, together) - Students discuss, explore, problem-solve, and work together to improve overall understanding.
  • Independent learning (You do, alone) - Students independently demonstrate skills and knowledge acquired throughout the learning process .

RTI Reading Comprehension Strategies

Now let's take a look at some RTI reading strategies while using the GRR model.

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