The mission associated with the Xtreme Reading program is to empower adolescent learners to reach their goals and to teach them the strategies, habits of learning, and knowledge required to thrive in the
Guiding Instructional Principles:
Value each student as a person and a learner
Personalize teaching and learning
Connect reading to dreams and quality of life
Continually model expert reading behaviors
Establish high expectations for each student
Engage students in learning so “each minute counts”
Provide abundant opportunities for scaffolded practice
Provide helpful and ongoing feedback
Empower students to fluently and intelligently use strategies
Hold students accountable for outcome goals
Get significant results
Xtreme Reading is a spiral curriculum that includes instruction in eight foundational reading and motivation strategies across a single school year. It entails explicit instruction in each strategy: guided practice, meaningful feedback, and independent practice in generalizing and combining strategies within and outside school.
Xtreme Reading is appropriate for students who exhibit:
Poor reading fluency,
Small sight vocabularies,
Limited understanding of words and multiple word meanings,
Limited background and conceptual knowledge,
Few skills in using strategies that enhance understanding and remembering of oral and written language.
Xtreme Reading is appropriate for students reading, minimally, at the fourth grade level. Xtreme Reading teachers follow daily, detailed lesson plans. The lesson format requires a rigorous pace to keep students engaged throughout the entire class period.
Xtreme Reading professional developers and coaches can support teachers in the classroom setting through classroom observations, model lessons, feedback about effective instruction, student data review, and ongoing support for teachers and students.
The Xtreme Reading program provides students with an opportunity to become strong readers and stronger students. It lays the groundwork for success in school and opens the door to success in life.
Xtreme Reading and SIM’s Learning Strategies Curriculum, separately, have been added to the Institute of Education Sciences’ What Works Clearinghouse.
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