Reading Interventions - Acquisition Interventions: The task is too hard for the student


Tutoring Buddy

Tutoring Buddy Letter Sounds (TBLS) is a computer-aided teaching tool designed to teach letter sound correspondence using incremental rehearsal. The program has been used successfully with children between the ages of 4 and 6. Using TBLS interventionists preform a brief assessment of letter sound knowledge and the software selects known and unknown letters for instruction. TBLS is a multi-purpose tool. It can be used to:

  1. Identify students who would most benefit from supplemental instruction (screening takes about 1 minute per student on average)
  2. Teach letter-sound correspondence effectively and efficiently (on average 5 minutes per session)
  3. Monitor student response to the intervention- progress-monitoring data is collected and charted automatically.
  4. Inform instruction by showing teachers which letter sounds are known by none, some, and all students.

Setting: Individual

Focus Area: Acquisition and Fluency

EBI Brief Template Tutoring Buddy

Tutoring Buddy Evidence Brief


Reading Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies (PALS)

Reading PALS is a whole-class peer-tutoring program that can be used with students from kindergarten through sixth grade and in high school. Students work on grade-level reading skills. The focus in kindergarten and first grade is on word recognition and fluency. The emphasis in second through sixth grade and in high school is fluency and reading comprehension. The PALS model allows for students to practice reading skills with immediate feedback and to have extensive reading practice.

Story Detective

Story Detective turns the reader into a “detective” making predictions about a story as it unfolds through a series of clues. Students are given clues one at a time that, when listed in their entirety, create the outline of a story. The teacher reads one clue such as, “Two friends were walking home for dinner.” The student then has the opportunity to be the “detective” and make a prediction about where the story is headed. The teacher follows that prediction by asking the student to explain his/her thoughts. A second clue is then given. The details of this clue may prove or disprove the previous prediction and a new or extended prediction is made.

Full Intervention Brief: Story Detective

Evidence Brief: Story Detective EB


Cross Age Peer Tutoring

This is a cross-age peer tutoring intervention that works by pairing students from different grades and ability levels to work on an academic skill together. The older/higher ability student will be the tutor; and the younger/lower ability student will be the tutee. The students work together to practice a skill. This is beneficial for both the tutors and the tutees.

Instructional Match

The purpose of this intervention is to improve instruction through the accurate assessment of the student’s current instructional level and selection of appropriately matched curriculum and materials to the student’s current level and ability. A student’s prior knowledge, the difficulty of the learning task, and the pace of instruction differ, and therefore instruction must be tailored to the individual student to generate an instructional match.

  • Full Intervention Brief: Instructional Match