Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2010

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Andrea C. Sledge

Second Committee Member

Carol L. Butterfield

Third Committee Member

Janet Finke


This project is intended to serve as a guide and resource for the development of a reading intervention program for at-risk secondary students. The project consisted of the following three foci: 1) an initial review of the literature in the areas of adolescent literacy, the Washington State Three-Tier Reading Model, the reading intervention program Literacy First, and school environmental and cultural traits that foster success among adolescent students-specifically struggling adolescent readers, 2) a discussion of Othello High School's process of the selection of a secondary reading intervention program, and 3) a resource handbook, which included methods and processes that supported program and student goals, the use of data for instruction and student placement, example standards-aligned pacing guides and lessons, specific literacy strategies and samples of student work.