Module 2: READS Lessons

Welcome to Module 2! In this section, we want to provide you with a foundation for understanding the research-based principles behind the READS lessons.

1:  Why in-class lessons? Isn't this a summer reading program?

We believe that . . . 

THE MORE students are exposed to the READS Reading Routine and , 

THE MORE their teachers show enthusiasm for summer reading, 

THE MORE LIKELY they are to read their books and engage with the tri-folds over the summer.

2. Watch a short video introducing the READS lessons

The in-class lessons are when students learn how to use the READS Reading Routine. The lessons are also an opportunity for you to infect students with your enthusiasm for summer reading!

An important note about terminology: In the following video, we refer to "traditional" and "adaptive" READS. Teachers who are interested in implementing the lessons just as they are written are following a "traditional approach." Teachers who are interested in making changes to the lesson format are following an "adaptive approach." 

3. Watch a tutorial about the tri-fold tool

In this tutorial, you'll learn how tri-folds support students' reading comprehension over the summer.  

Students' successful use of tri-folds over the summer is the goal of your in-class READS lessons. 

Access the tutorial HERE.

4: Read the Lesson 1 script

Lessons 1-3 are narrative text lessons.  Read the Lesson 1 script below. 

An important note about terminology:  In the next two videos, we refer to "Story Guess" and "Story Check." You will see these new terms in the lessons scripts also.  The nature of these important activities, however, has not been changed. 

5: Watch part of a lesson - Making a Story Prediction

Download the script HERE.

6: Watch part of a lesson - Checking a Story Prediction

7: Read the Lesson 4 script

Lessons 4-6 are informational text lessons. Read the Lesson 4 script below: 

Download the script HERE.

Another note about terminology: In the next two videos, we refer to "Main Idea Guess" and "Main Idea Guess Check." Again, these have been changed in the lesson scripts to to"Main Idea Prediction" and "Main Idea Prediction Check," but the nature of the activities has not changed.

8: Watch part of a lesson - Making Main Idea Predictions

9: Watch part of a lesson - Checking Main Idea Predictions

10: Reflections

Teachers may choose to teach additional lessons and/or find other ways for students to practice and get excited about receiving free, matched books and using their tri-folds over the summer. 

  • Under what circumstances could you imagine yourself enriching the lessons? 

  • What might you do to provide extra practice or further pique students' interest? 

  • What adaptations might you try if you find that students are struggling with the READS Reading Routine? 


Story predictions are designed to draw students' attention to important text structures found in narrative books (e.g. character, setting, plot, problem, solution). Main Idea Predictions are designed to draw students' attention to an important text structure found in informational books (e.g. description of main ideas) using three common types of informational books: biographies, books about nature, and books about animals. 

  • What work have students already done with these text structures and types of informational books?


  • How might you use students' prior knowledge of these concepts to increase their understanding of and engagement with the READS Reading Routine? 

11: Quiz

Check your understanding by taking a READS Lessons mini-quiz.Access the quiz HERE. 

Congratulations! You have completed Module 2!

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