The Longfellow S.T.A.R. Program is designed to be layer of instruction for at-risk readers. The term S.T.A.R. stands for Strategic Thinking and Reading. The program supports students in developing a self-extending processing system for reading texts at increasingly more difficult levels.
Instruction is often delivered using the Leveled Literacy Intervention program (LLI). Students usually meet daily in small groups of 2-4 students. The LLI program is designed to bring every student to grade level performance. Students read leveled text aligned to their instructional level and then alternate with an independent level text on the following day. Word study, comprehension, and fluency practice are included in each lesson sequence. Additionally, the program includes a school-home component in which students take home lesson books to read aloud at home on a regular basis. Students can also have high-frequency words to practice at home in order to reinforce word recognition and build automaticity.
The S.T.A.R. program uses school and district level literacy data to initiate students' placement in the program. Data is also collected and used to monitor each student’s response to instruction. Our S.T.A.R. literacy program staff works closely with each classroom teacher in order to provide targeted instruction in class and in S.T.A.R.