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Unit 2: Dimensions of Text Complexity

2.3 An Educator’s Role in Supporting All Readers

What can an educator do to support all readers?

  • Identify the reading needs of all students.
  • Share the responsibility for providing explicit
    targeted instruction.
  • Consider implementing Response to Instruction and
    Intervention (RtI2), if you do not already have this
    process at your site.


Time to Read

Scaffolding strategies are appropriate for supporting all students as they engage in their non-linear journeys developing abilities to read complex texts. Read the following description of Response to Instruction and Intervention (RtI2) and then respond to the Time2Reflect.

Response to Instruction and Intervention

The Response to Intervention and Instruction, or RtI2, is a multi-tiered approach to support struggling learners, including students with disabilities. The RtI2 approach provides close monitoring of student progress at stages with increasing interventions to provide additional learning supports to continue student learning.

The following strategies help struggling students, including those who have been identified for special education services, negotiate complex text:

  • Present grade-level information in multiple ways.
  • Allow students to access and express what they know in a variety of ways.
  • Employ flexible and fluid grouping structures to work with all readers based on their assessed reading skills and prior knowledge.
  • Refer to special education students’ Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for information about implementing appropriate modifications of rigor and complexity.
Time to Reflect

Which of these approaches are you currently using, and which could you add to aid your struggling students?



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