8th Grade Intensive Language Arts Decoding

8th Grade Intensive Language Arts Decoding (04010819)

Length:  Year

Format:  Meets One (1) Period Daily

Description:  Intensive Language Arts Decoding is specially designed for students for whom reading and/or writing achievement limits their ability to fully benefit from the grade-level language arts course.  For these students, skill deficits in the area of decoding are the area of greatest need.  Students are admitted to these courses based on criteria that consider past performance and demonstrated readiness.  The course is specially designed to advance reading and writing skills that are below grade-level expectation.  Consideration for enrollment in this course is based on the specific needs addressed in an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).  The delivery model for this course will include the use of research‐based instructional programs and specially trained staff.  Additional minutes of instruction and specialized technology may also be offered.  Direct instruction and guided practice in phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, vocabulary development, and fluency are aligned with each student’s specific areas of need. Students in these courses may be exposed to some of the Radnor Township School District core curriculum, but the priority is building skills in reading and written language to ensure future academic success in all areas.