Lessons for Improving Comprehension in Middle School

Lessons for Improving Comprehension in Middle School

Recorded March 8, 2013

Christy S. Murray of The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk presents an overview of intervention lesson plans to support middle school students’ reading comprehension as they read brief novels chosen by the schools in which the research took place. The plans were developed and implemented by TCLD researchers. Murray describes each component of the lesson plans, presents examples from the novel units, and  provides guidance on how teachers can develop their own lesson plans for use with other novels of their own choosing.

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Christy Murray

Christy Murray is co-principal investigator of the English Learner Institute for Teaching and Excellence (Project ELITE) and Tier I project director for the Middle School Matters Institute. Previously, Murray served as deputy director of the Center on Instruction’s special education and response to intervention work. During her 7 years in this role, she provided technical assistance to regional comprehensive centers and state departments of education, as well as developed products, publications, and professional development materials. She also has served as data coordinator on a longitudinal research study that examined the implementation of the 3-tier model in K–3 reading. Murray earned her master of arts degree in educational psychology from The University of Texas at Austin in 2004. Her research interests include response to intervention and effective reading instruction and intervention for struggling students. Prior to joining MCPER in 2001, she worked as an elementary school teacher, where she instructed students in both general and special education.