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Explicit, Systematic, Short-Term Literacy Intervention

Grades 4–12


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Welcome to the REWARDS Family

The REWARDS® family is a powerful research-based, short-term, and specialized program for adolescent students in grades 4–12 who struggle reading long, multisyllabic words and comprehending content-area text. With explicit, systemic, teacher-led instruction, this intervention gives students new skills to unlock grade-level content-area text.

Respected Authorship

Anita Archer

Anita L. Archer, Ph.D.

Dr. Anita Archer is an educational consultant, focusing on explicit instruction, instructional design and delivery, classroom management, and literacy instruction. She is an award-winning educator, nationally known for professional development activities.

Mary Gleason

Mary M. Gleason, Ph.D.

Dr. Mary Gleason is an educational consultant focusing on implementation of literacy curriculum and instruction. Having taught in general and special education classrooms, she is now a professor at the University of Oregon. Previously, she was director of training for the National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI).

Vicky Vachon

Vicky Vachon, Ph.D.

Dr. Vicky Vachon is an educational consultant in the United States, Australia, and Canada. Having been a classroom teacher, she is now part of a multidisciplinary assessment team at the Child Development Clinic's Hospital for Sick Children. Previously, she was a project director for the National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI).

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REWARDS Intermediate and
REWARDS Secondary

Grades: 4–6 (Intermediate), 6–12 (Secondary)

REWARDS is offered at both the Intermediate and Secondary levels, and the focus of both is on decoding multisyllabic words, identifying and understanding prefixes and suffixes, increasing word and passage reading fluency, building academic vocabulary, and deepening comprehension along with building confidence.

Numerous studies have validated its effectiveness. REWARDS is proven to:

  • Improve students’ abilities to decode long, multisyllabic words
  • Yield significant increase in fluency
  • Be effective with all struggling readers, whether they are English language learners, students with reading disabilities, or students who have simply fallen behind
  • Be successfully implemented by a wide variety of educators— teachers, paraprofessionals, and volunteers
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REWARDS Plus: Science and
REWARDS Plus: Social Studies

Grades: 6–12

Builds student savvy in complex content areas

REWARDS® Plus builds on the support offered to upper-grade readers by expanding on their newfound literacy decoding skills within a particular content area. A student who has previously encountered REWARDS (Intermediate or Secondary) now has increased fluency and familiarity with the process of deciphering known elements in unknown multisyllabic vocabulary. REWARDS Plus expands on that skill set by applying it to intriguing, authentic, content-specific text, and infographics.

SOCIAL STUDIES
  • Helps students better comprehend social studies content
  • Topics range from The Culture of Sherpas to Women in Archaeology to United States Citizenship
  • Skill practice includes summary writing; using background information; and interpreting timelines, maps, and other infographics
SCIENCE
  • Helps students better comprehend science content
  • Topics range from Atoms to Ecosystems, from Photosynthesis to the Cardiovascular System
  • Skill practice and instruction includes interpreting graphs and illustrations

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Student reading

REWARDS Writing

Grades: 5–12

REWARDS® Writing is a research-based writing program for intermediate and secondary students and focuses on instruction and practice in three key areas of writing:

  • Sharpening word choice
  • Sentence refinement
  • Editing paragraphs

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