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Secondary English: Reading Interventions

Voyager Reading Journeys

Voyager Reading Journeys provides intensive instruction in comprehension and vocabulary for middle school students reading more than two years below grade level and is taught during one of the elective class periods. 

Students receive instruction in three categories:

  • Advanced Word Study focuses on affixes, sight words, multi-syllabic words, spelling, and fluency

  • Comprehension and Vocabulary skills and strategies are taught through high-interest text with opportunities for small groups and paired teams. 

  • Word Study provides teacher-led small group instruction for students needing extra practice in word attack skills.

Students work through fifteen 10-day Expeditions featuring topics of importance to adolescents.  Students also have access to a diverse classroom library and to online practice with Strategic Online Learning Opportunities (SOLO).    

There are three Benchmark assessments given each year which measure reading comprehension using a Lexile score.  A typical Lexile for a middle schools student is between 665–1100.  In the Voyager program, the student’s goal is to gain at least two Lexiles per week.  Students are also given fluency tests which measure reading rate, accuracy, and prosody.  Students are expected to read approximately 125 words per minute.