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Tutor Section


Using the Reading Road

Starting Out

When you first meet with your reader, you will set up a binder for him/her. These binders are for storing your student’s worksheets and other written materials and drawings. As you go through the Reading Road, you will see suggestions to refer to these materials. Please do use them if you feel that your reader would benefit from them.

To set up your binder, have your reader decorate the cover page and fill out the “About Me” page together.

Initial Diagnostic: The Alpha Monster Game

Coordinators or tutors will play the Alpha Monster Game with the readers. This game functions as a diagnostic test and will determine where you will begin instruction in the Reading Road.

Lessons, Activities and Stories

Once your starting point is determined, you will do the lessons, activities, and stories of each section. In most cases, you can read the directions to your student, and your student can read the activities and stories. Your student should read any word set apart in a special color. If you feel it would be helpful for your reader, follow the words with your finger while you read. Depending on your reader’s enthusiasm and reading level, you can redistribute reading responsibilities.

For most students, it will be helpful to have two readings of each story. In a first reading, it will be important to get all the words right. Many struggling readers sound as if they were reading “one word at a time.” In a second reading, after your reader is able to understand the content expression should become a priority. Reading for expression helps to engage your reader in the material and understand it better. Try to get your reader to read any dialogue as if he/she were actually taking part in the conversation in real life. For example, if the character is angry, your reader should sound angry when reading the character’s words aloud. For the stories structured like plays, this can be easier because you can encourage your reader to play a character. Do not encourage your reader to read with enthusiasm and emotion that is not a response to the material (i.e. shouting words in neutral sentences). While this may be fun, it can also be distracting and does not help comprehension.

Final Alpha Monster Game

At your penultimate tutoring session of the semester, retest your reader with the Alpha Monster Game and add the results on the score sheet to the binder.

The Tower Game

A Tower Game is at the end of each section. Because this is a diagnostic, you cannot help your reader. At most, you can remind your reader to think about rules and strategies.

To play the game, get 18 dominoes. Every time your reader gets a word correct, he/she gets to take one of your dominoes. Write down the words that your reader reads incorrectly (and how he/she reads them - for example, “hot” as “hoot”). Include incorrect readings in your tutor log. This will help you and your site coordinator analyze your reader’s understanding.

If your reader reads 18 words correctly, it’s time to move on to the next section of the Reading Road. If not, use the words that your reader got wrong to guide you in what lessons need to be reinforced. To review, reread stories (with expression!) and use your own ideas. Avoid “rewinding” and redoing entire sections. Instead, frame it to your reader as continued progress with really tough parts. Then, when you feel your reader will pass the Tower Game, play it again. There is a second Tower Game list after the first Tower Game list. If he/she doesn’t pass, contact your coordinator and he/she will instruct you on the next steps -- sometimes this involves supplementary materials and other times moving on to the next section with consistent review of the last one. Your coordinator will help you plan and structure how to approach this and continue making progress with your reader.

If your reader gets almost 18 correct and you feel that he/she is ready to move on, contact your coordinator.