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Q: Who should teach CSI - Comprehension Strategies Instruction?
A:. CSI has been developed for flexible implementation either by general classroom teachers, intervention teachers, reading teachers, special education teachers, or after school/summer school teachers. In middle school and high school implementations, content teachers may benefit from being involved in teaching content area strategy lessons. The more exposure students have to learning the strategies in different areas of the curriculum the more likely it is that they will apply the strategies during independent reading, on standardized tests, and throughout the school year.

Q: How long does it take to implement CSI within my classroom?
A: Implementation varies based on school and student needs. In general: Whole Group: 25-35 minutes/lesson, Small Group: 25-35 minutes/activity, Independent: 20-25 minutes, Prep Time: 10 minutes. Implementation: General Classroom, Intervention/RtI, After School/Summer School, ELL.

Q: What features are included within the CSI program?
A: Features include: Whole-Group Strategy Lesson Folders for each content area (Science, Social Studies, Math, and English Language Arts), Interactive Digital Texts CD-ROM, Cooperative Learning Activities with Texts, Graphic Organizers, and Audio, Student Reflection Journals, and Teachers' Resource Books with Implementation and Assessment support.

Q: Do I need an interactive whiteboard to use the CSI digital texts CD-ROM?
A: No. Although the CSI CD-ROM works nicely with interactive whiteboards, it can also be used with a computer and LCD projector. Overhead transparencies are included in the folders for those classrooms that do not have access to an LCD projector or interactive whiteboard.

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Complete Grade Level Kits: Grades 3-8Site License
Student Reflection Journals: Grades 3-8