Research behind ReadWorks – Vocabulary and Structure

December 8, 2014 by wilsonneelynyc

Readworks logo pic The lessons at ReadWorks incorporate the findings of highly regarded studies. ReadWorks continually monitors new research to make sure its units remain up-to-date, but at their core, its lessons are based on pillars drawn from the RAND Reading Study Group and the National Reading Panel, including the following:

Direct and indirect vocabulary instruction

Lessons from ReadWorks not only equip teachers with the tools to introduce new vocabulary, but they also teach vocabulary indirectly. The use of both methods keeps the lessons in line with the recommendations of a 2000 study performed by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and more recent research by the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance.

Training in big-picture structures as well as syntax

Building on research published in journals including Advances in Cognitive Science and the Journal of Educational Psychology, ReadWorks has developed lessons that teach students to recognize larger structures common to narrative and nonfiction texts. It also equips teachers to drill down on comprehension at the level of the sentence, where students often go astray.

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