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Rite Flight: A Classroom Comprehension Program

Rite Flight: A Classroom Comprehension Program is a curriculum written by the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Rite Flight: Comprehension equips teachers and reading specialists to more effectively teach reading comprehension.

The 2000 National Reading Panel report*, “Teaching Children to Read,” refers to comprehension as the essence of reading. Most educators agree that understanding text is the primary goal of reading. Achieving that goal requires instruction that includes direct teaching of comprehension strategies, modeling of strategy use, specific feedback and ample opportunity for practice.**

Implementing Rite Flight: Comprehension

Rite Flight: Comprehension may be integrated into a core reading program as a supplement to more completely address reading comprehension. It is designed to be a Tier II intervention for use by classroom teachers, reading specialists or special education teachers with first through eighth grade students as a tool for intensified comprehension intervention for struggling readers. Rite Flight: Comprehension may be used with individual students, small groups or the whole classroom.

The instructional strategies of Rite Flight: Comprehension may serve as a component of intensified reading instruction within the framework of a Response-to-Intervention (RTI) model. The decision to use the curriculum as an intervention for struggling readers should be guided by an evaluation of possible causes of reading comprehension problems, which could include:

  • Difficulties with accurate and fluent word recognition
  • Limited vocabulary or background knowledge
  • Weaknesses in verbal reasoning skills
  • Deficiencies in the use of text structure
  • Failure to employ strategies to reflect on the meaning of text

Rite Flight: Comprehension specifically addresses:

  • Vocabulary development
  • Metacognitive questioning strategies
  • Narrative skills and strategies for literature
    • Story elements
    • Inferencing
    • Word relationships
    • Paraphrasing
    • Asking and answering questions
    • Listening
  • Expository skills and strategies for textbooks
    • Figurative language
    • Main idea and supporting facts
    • Sequence of events
    • Cause and effect
    • Compare and contrast
    • Fact and opinion

Rite Flight: Comprehension is not intended to be used in place of a comprehensive intervention for students identified with dyslexia, as it addresses only one component of reading.

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For More Information

For more information about Rite Flight training opportunities and the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia's educational services, please call (214) 559-7815 or (800) 421-1121, ext. 7815.

*National Institutes of Child Health and Development (2000). Report of the National Reading Panel. “Teaching children to read: An evidence-based assessment of the scientific research literature on reading and its implications for reading instruction.” (NIH Publication No. 00-4769). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

**Pressley, M. (2000). “What should comprehension instruction be the instruction of?” In Kamil, M. L., Mosenthal, P.B. Pearson, P.D. & Barr, R. (eds.) Handbook of Reading Research, (Vol. III, pp. 545-561). Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Publishers.