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Reading Interventions for Middle School Students (6-8)/Flex Course


Do you have readers in your class that are one to four years behind grade level?  This online course provides teachers with strategies for helping students with reading difficulties. Topics addressed in the course include assessment and diagnosis of reading difficulties, differentiation strategies, fluency skills, vocabulary development, and cognitive reading strategies. Teachers learn how to help all students become better readers with improved comprehension skills. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"Of all the reading courses I've taken, this one completely surpassed my expectations. I learned teaching strategies that I could use right away. I can definitely say that I have learned very valuable information to assist me in helping struggling readers in the middle grades." - Jan Slusher


Enrollment Options

Register]Course Registration Only $120 with the discount

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $304


Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

The Vocabulary-Enriched Classroom: Practices for Improving the Reading Performance of All Students in Grades 3 and Up ” by Cathy Collins Block and John N. Mangieri

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List


Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 25T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41433

Unit One

  • Introduction to Reading Data Collection
  • Commonly Used Assessments: Part One
  • Commonly Used Assessments: Part Two
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • Using Assessment to Drive Instruction
  • Individual Reading Profiles
  • Zone of Proximal Development and Leveled Reading
  • Individual Reading Plans
  • Reading Groups
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Fluency Fundamentals
  • Fluency Teaching Strategies
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Reading Comprehension and Cognitive Strategies
  • Strategies to Teach Summarizing
  • Strategies to Teach Inferring
  • Strategies to Help Readers Make Connections
  • Fix-It Strategies
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Why teach vocabulary?
  • Three Tiers of Words
  • Direct Vocabulary Instruction
  • Using Context Clues
  • Vocabulary Self-Correction
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • Voice and Choice in Reading
  • Using Hi/Lo Materials
  • Using Non-Fiction Books
  • Assignment #4: Develop an individual reading profile
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)