Small Group RtI/MTSS Model

Time on technology: ~150 minutes

Use ThinkCERCA after school with a targeted group of students to help improve comprehension and develop key skills. The suggested model provides a framework for students to complete multiple literacy tasks with the applied close reading and writing lesson in a core content area. Students should engage in the specific task with guidance from the teacher throughout the process.

Suggested Schedule to Complete 1 Lesson Set

Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4 Session 5
ThinkCERCA Steps

30 minutes

Direct Instruction

30 minutes

Close Reading

30 minutes

Reading with Comprehension Check

30 minutes

Write Argument

30 minutes

Peer Collaboration
Student Tasks
  • Practice skills with direct instruction.
  • Practice close reading with authentic texts and gather evidence.
  • Complete the text-aligned comprehension check.
  • Write a formal argument.
  • Peer-edit.
Classroom Setup Teacher leads direct instruction and discussion for small groups. Teacher leads direct instruction and discussion for small groups. Teacher leads direct instruction and discussion for small groups. Teacher leads direct instruction and discussion for small groups. Students give feedback on each other's writing.

Suggested Schedule to Complete 1 Lesson Set

Session 1
ThinkCERCA Steps Direct Instruction
Student Tasks

30 minutes

  1. Practice skills with direct instruction.
Classroom Setup Teacher leads direct instruction and discussion for small groups.
Session 2
ThinkCERCA Steps Close Reading
Student Tasks

30 minutes

  1. Practice close reading with authentic texts and gather evidence.
Classroom Setup Teacher leads direct instruction and discussion for small groups.
Session 3
ThinkCERCA Steps Reading with Comprehension Check
Student Tasks

30 minutes

  1. Complete the text-aligned comprehension check.
Classroom Setup Teacher leads direct instruction and discussion for small groups.
Session 4
ThinkCERCA Steps Write Argument
Student Tasks

30 minutes

  1. Write a formal argument.
Classroom Setup Teacher leads direct instruction and discussion for small groups.
Session 5
ThinkCERCA Steps Peer Collaboration
Student Tasks

30 minutes

  1. Peer-edit.
Classroom Setup Students give feedback on each other's writing.

Our Advice

Successful Working Conditions

  • Weekly student data to inform after-school instructional practices
  • After-school content aligned to instruction during day class time

Best Practices

  • Use Direct Instruction lessons as a whole group.
  • Dedicate each day to a different Applied Reading and Writing lesson component.
  • Provide feedback on writing.

Relevant Resources

Notes

About this Schedule

  • Specifically recommended for RtI/MTSS classes with small groups of students.
  • This model places a particular emphasis on teacher-led, guided instruction throughout the lesson with an opportunity for collaboration along the way

Customizable

  • Please use this model as a guide and feel free to adapt certain elements to fit your classroom's structure.
  • Schools with premium ThinkCERCA accounts are paired with a dedicated School Success Manager who can develop unique models based on individual needs. Get in touch with a ThinkCERCA representative if you'd like to learn more.