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RTI Strategies for Secondary Teachers

RTI Strategies for Secondary Teachers

September 2011 | 216 pages | Corwin

A "strategy bank" for secondary teachers

While planning lessons, many teachers wonder, "If I try this, will it work?" "Will I lose ground in teaching the concept?" "Will it help my students make the grade, pass the state tests, or get into college?"

Teachers want solutions, not theory. This book offers a bank of proven RTI strategies for Grades 6–12 that will elevate test scores and improve student achievement for all students, not just struggling learners. The author explains how RTI fits into secondary education and applies it to math, reading comprehension, writing, and more. She summarizes Tiers One, Two, and Three in teacher-friendly language and includes

  • Easy-to-implement and practical interventions
  • Sample lesson plans and visual models
  • Examples of how to address budgeting, staffing, performance, and student culture constraints

The grouping strategies included in each lesson plan improve students' social skills and, in concert with other circumstances, can reduce referrals to special education. RTI Strategies for Secondary Teachers will help teachers take their instruction up a notch in every classroom and reduce stress in the process.


About the Author
1. Introduction: Why This Book This Way?
2. A Snapshot of the Response to Intervention Process
The Three Tiers (Sometimes Four)  
Tier One  
Tier Two  
Tier Three  
How does RTI fit into a secondary education model?  
General Education Versus Special Education and Responsible Inclusion  
Assessment? Well, I Quiz Every Friday. . .  
Research-Based Strategies Incorporated in This Book  
All right! If I have to do this, what do I really have to do? And how?  
Lesson Plan Application to Response to Intervention Tiers  
Options for Determining Which Students Should Be in Which Groups  
3. Vocabulary Intervention Strategies
Use Vocabulary Mapping to Acquire New Vocabulary  
Signing as an Intervention Strategy  
Additional Vocabulary Interventions  
Additional Nonlinguistic Interventions  
Combining Verbal Linguistic and Nonlinguistic Strategies: Practice Strategies for Tiers One, Two, and Three:  
4. Reading Comprehension Intervention Strategies
Somebody-Wanted-But-So Summary Strategy  
Reading Comprehension Intervention: Reciprocal Teaching  
Picture Books: A Secondary Reading Intervention  
Figurative Language  
Higher-Order Comprehension  
Additional Interventions for Reading Comprehension  
5. Writing Intervention Strategies
Writing Paragraphs: Grouping and Organizing Information  
Use Clustering to Organize Writing  
6. Math Intervention Strategies
Model and Solve Equations Using Manipulatives  
Multiplication of Fractions Using Manipulatives  
Graphing Lesson Plan  
Math Vocabulary  
Declutter the Math  
7. Cross-Curricular Interventions for Higher-Order Thinking and Recall
Mind Mapping, Graphic Roadmaps, and Visual Organizers  
Strategy to Remember Sequences  
Additional Nonlinguistic Interventions: Graphic Notes  
Group and Classify Information to Enhance Long-Term Memory  
Additional Interventions for Increasing Recall and Recognition  
Identify Similarities and Differences  
Teaching Summarizing Skills: Delete-Substitute-Keep  
8. Fitzell Acceleration Centers as an RTI Strategy
Acceleration Centers: A Better Alternative  
Addressing the Challenges of Implementing Fitzell Acceleration Centers  
Acceleration Center Flowchart  
Acceleration Center Instructions  
Acceleration Center Components  
Keep Inventory  
Tips for Successful Acceleration Centers  
9. Concluding Thoughts

"RTI for Secondary Teachers is a valuable resource brimming with concrete real-world strategies. Susan Fitzell provides sample lesson plans designed to reach struggling learners, but they can be easily adapted to reach even the most capable learners. Her rich template for success demystifies Response to Intervention at the secondary level and offers a treasure chest of strategies for reaching students in any tier."

Mary Howard, Literacy Consultant
Tulsa, OK

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 2: A Snapshot of The Response to Intervention Process

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