Targeted Instruction and Interventions with Reading Strategy Groups

(Grades K-5) / Flex Course

PDI Course Number: 131T02 / UCSD Course Number: EDUC42267


Course Description

Are you searching for new and innovative ways to target reading instruction and interventions? If so, look no further because reading strategy groups are specifically designed to do just this. Strategy groups are a type of small group instruction which enable teachers to target specific reading skills that particular groups of students need, regardless of their independent reading level. The course begins by discussing the elements and benefits of reading strategy groups. Since strategy groups are based on assessment, the course delves into a variety of assessment types and approaches. Throughout the course, teachers learn how to use research-based best practices to choose strategies, books, and activities for before, during, and after reading. Teachers will also learn specific reading strategies for working with English language learners and those who struggle with reading. Teachers will learn how to build students’ stamina and engagement as they work to become successful, independent readers. Teachers will learn the importance of relying on the science of reading as they work with their students across all areas of reading. By the end of this course, teachers will feel more confident and successful in their quest to embed best practices into their own small reading strategy groups. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units (50 hours of training) from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"I feel the content of this course was very informative. With each assignment the reading that was provided was excellent. I learned so much from each section. I found all the reading provided to be very helpful." - Kristen Porter


Enrollment Options

Course Only

$124 with the discount

Course with Credit from UCSD Extension

$329 with the discount

This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units or 5 quarter units of graduate-level credit from UC San Diego.

You have up to one year from the date you are enrolled to complete a flex course.


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UCSD Course Number: EDUC42267
Unit One
  • Small Group Instruction
  • Elements of Reading Strategy Groups
  • The Benefits of Reading Strategy Groups
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1
Unit Two
  • Student Assessment
  • Choosing a Strategy
  • Choosing Books
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2
Unit Three
  • Before Reading
  • During Reading
  • After Reading
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3
Unit Four
  • Working with English Language Learners
  • Working with Struggling Students
  • Trauma, Poverty, and the Pandemic
  • Test #4
Unit Five
  • Independent Work
  • Teacher-Led Instruction
  • Using Strategy Groups in Other Areas of Literacy Instruction
  • Test #5
Unit Six
  • Engagement and Stamina
  • Print Work
  • Teaching Fluency in Strategy Groups
  • Assignment #4: Create a reading strategy group plan for fictional scenarios
  • Assignment #5: Course Reflection


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