A Model of Reading Engagement (MORE) is a literacy intervention that provides elementary students with (1) access to complex and connected science concepts; (2) comprehension instruction that integrates reading and writing; (3) support for reading at home; and (4) motivational supports. The two-week school-based curriculum provides 1) Access to complex, coherent, and connected science concepts, 2) Books and texts that motivate students and build self-efficacy, and 3) Comprehension instruction that integrates reading and writing. Teachers will implement the 9 MORE lessons and lead their students in each lesson’s corresponding reading and writing activities at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. The home-based intervention will give students the opportunity to continue reading over summer break with specialized activities tailored to the 10 free books they will receive as part of study participation. Activities will be delivered through the [email protected]
app and 4) Developmentally matched to students reading needs. The intervention also includes additional supports for students who are “not responding,” i.e. not engaging with the [email protected]
app. Two types of supports will be available: the first is “gamification” of the reading activities. Students will be trying to collect animals for their virtual zoo, and responding to the questions about each book will allow them to add one more animal to their virtual zoo. The second support is text messaging to parent/guardians to nudge them toward using the app with their student. In the DEEP condition, the home reading component will provide students with books connected to the science concepts learned in the school lessons and to provide additional exposure to key concepts and vocabulary taught during the two-week lesson cycle. In the WIDE condition, the home reading component will include a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books.