Reading Intervention, Resource & Fundamental Connections
Pairing a matched audio copy with a printed copy of text that scholars: #1) find interesting & #2) is at or above their recommended Lexile level https://fab.lexile.com/ for 20 minutes every day (reading log requirements) is, from my experience, critical.
Currently, I have a scholar who entered reading Intervention class as a 6th grader but he was reading at a 2nd grade level. He worked hard & did not ALL but MOST of the assignments which earned him Bs for both semesters as a 6th grader. At the end of the 1st semester, the i-Ready diagnostic showed that he had gained 56 points & was already reading at a 3rd grade level. By the end of the year in May, he had gained 21 additional points which placed him at a 4th grade level. That's an improvement of 2 grade levels over one school year!
Then, over the summer, he worked hard to find books that he found interesting & were at / above his recommended Lexile level to pair read (with both audio & printed text copies to follow along). When school resumed this August he is now reading at 6th grade level!! By reading over the summer, he improved by 2 more grade levels!!! So, in one year's time, from the beginning of 6th grade to the beginning of 7th grade, he improved his reading by 4 grade levels - largely by doing the paired reading at home as he was asked. I share this story because I want scholars to know that, with the persistence that it takes to obtain the materials (both audio & printed text copies), it is possible for scholars to improve their reading skills & abilities.
I now have several books that students can borrow from the classroom & they now have free access to an audiobook library https://www.tales2go.com but their individual interests and reading levels will not always match up so scholars will probably need parent support obtaining books & their audio copies that interest them & are at their level from the library or online where they are often available for free. The library also offers some free digital options like https://www.hoopladigital.com/ so that books can be checked out from the comforts of home. If you are interested in paying for a subscription, Kindle books can be paired with a feature that highlights the words as they are being read called Whispersync but this is through Audible, which can be pricey - personally, I subscribe to Scribd because it is only $9 a month & frequently has both text and audio copies of books I use for class.