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These pages contain sample reading intervention lesson plans based on the interventions used in Texas Center for Learning Disabilities (TCLD) 2006-2011 research for struggling readers in grades 1—3 (Early Intervention) and grades 6—8 (Remediation). Research staff members developed the plans, which align with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. Additional lesson plans will be posted as they become available. To sign up for notification when new plans are posted, subscribe to our mailing list. For specific questions related to lesson plans or other TCLD work, contact us.

The elementary lesson plans focus on comprehension, word study, or phonics, based on struggling students' different needs. For the research study, lesson plans were based on published interventions; however, the lesson plans provided here were revised to be more widely applicable.

The middle school lesson plans are based on novels used in middle school reading units, and feature research-based activities, with references to this research throughout. These lesson plans are appropriate for use with struggling readers and focus on improving reading comprehension. Research staff members developed the lesson plans, and certified teachers implemented them.

Elementary Lesson Plans

  • Elementary Lesson Plans

    These four intervention overviews and sample lesson plans illustrate instruction provided to struggling readers in elementary school (grades 1—3) as part of our 2006-2011 Early Intervention research. These sample lessons address students' different needs and were implemented in Tier 2 of a response to intervention model. They are appropriate for use with struggling readers in elementary school. Lessons focus on comprehension, word study, or phonics.

Middle School Lesson Plans

  • Reading Instruction for Middle School Students: Developing Lessons for Improving Comprehension

    This guide is designed for teachers and provides detailed information about some of the lesson plans used in Tier 2 intervention for struggling readers in middle school as part of the research efforts of the Texas Center for Learning Disabilities (TCLD). This guide describes each component of instruction, and provides instructions, sample scripts, and planning templates so that teachers can develop similar lesson plans that align with their own state standards and adopted curricula.

  • Any Small Goodness
    Lessons for Improving Comprehension Through Any Small Goodness by Tony Johnston

    This set of plans is to be used with the novel Any Small Goodness by Tony Johnston. Any Small Goodness is a work of fiction about an adolescent boy, Arturo, who moves to Los Angeles from Mexico with his family. The story describes the family adapting to their new neighborhood. Although life in the new neighborhood presents challenges, Arturo learns about acts of "small goodness" that come to define his experience.

  • Iqbal
    Lessons for Improving Comprehension Through Iqbal by Francesco D'Adamo

    This set of plans is to be used with the novel Iqbal by Francesco D'Adamo. Iqbal is an historical novel about child slavery in Pakistan. Early in the book, readers meet Iqbal Masih, who was sold into slavery by his debt-ridden family and worked in a carpet factory. Working conditions were terrible and Iqbal's repeated attempts to escape are thwarted until he meets the leader of the Bonded Liberation Front of Pakistan. Finally, Iqbal is freed from his master and works tirelessly until his death to free children and speak out against slavery.


The research on which these materials were based was supported in part by grant P50 HD052117 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NICHD or the National Institutes of Health.

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