MCPER partnered with the University of Maryland to implement and refine a tiered approach to improve reading among sixth- through eighth-grade students with disabilities in public schools. This work represents ongoing efforts to improve literacy outcomes for middle school students by infusing content area instruction with a set of feasible, effective instructional practices critical for the success of all students, including students with disabilities.
These sample lessons serve as examples to show how PACT practices can fit together and be delivered to support students’ content knowledge and literacy development. The purpose of these lessons is to familiarize students with all the components of PACT, teach the “get the gist” strategy used within critical reading. All lessons contain all three PACT components: comprehension canopy, essential words, and critical reading.