Using the Reading RULES! first-grade program, teachers provide integrated, systematic instruction in word study, text reading, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
Reading RULES! includes whole-class instruction in vocabulary and comprehension (15-20 minutes per day) and a 30-minute small-group Tier 2 intervention for students who are having difficulties learning to read. The 30-minute lesson includes 10 minutes of explicit word study instruction (phonemic awareness, phonics, word reading, and spelling), 10 minutes of small-group comprehension instruction that builds on the whole-class instruction, and 10 minutes of text reading in which the teacher coaches students to apply what they are learning in the word study and comprehension lessons.
A description of the Reading RULES! research project can be found here on the Children’s Learning Institute’s website.