• Focus Forward

Focus Forward

Struggling Readers Grades 3–8

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  • Why?

    Accelerate Student Learning To Grade-level Text

    Focus Forward is a complete system of intensive intervention for students in Grades 3–8 reading two levels below grade and capable of 3 levels of growth in just one year.

    Back to Basics with Foundational Skill Instruction

    Focus Forward progressively builds core reading and writing skills to provide a solid foundation for learning.

    Connected Whole-class and Small-group Instruction

    Focus Forward concentrates on one comprehension strategy per week, introduced in whole-class and practiced and applied in small groups.

    Nonfiction Topics that Captivate

    Incrementally leveled readers with richly illustrated real-world topics captivate struggling adolescent readers.

    Build Independent Reading and Student Success

    A complete system that builds foundational reading and writing skills, uses focused comprehension strategies, and high-interest books with built-in scaffolding leads to daily success and long-term confidence.

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    • Intensive Intervention

      Focus Forward’s easy-to-manage teaching components are carefully designed to work together seamlessly. This comprehensive system offers teachers systematic differentiation, and offers students engaging books that build their reading confidence.

      Everything You Need to Differentiate and Manage Your Class Complete System Package

      • Leveled Reader Packages for Groups 1 and 2
      • Teacher Professional Resource Package
      • Writing Build-It’s™
      • Student Worktexts
      • Independent Reading Library
    • English Language Learners

      A Program Designed with English Language Learners in Mind

      Instructional Materials include English language learner strategies at point of use in daily lesson plans, differentiation for language level, and feature both whole class and small group instruction through targeted ELL strategies instruction.

      English Language Learners Book Covers

      Reading and Writing Components: Leveled Readers

      Using a variety of cultures and backgrounds throughout the Leveled Readers enable students to see themselves and appreciate different cultures. Strong visual support through realistic photos and engaging illustrations, add to background building and text understanding.

      English Language Learners Puzzle

      Writing Build-Its

      Kinesthetic support through Interlocking Tools enhances writing skills development for ELLs.

    • Scope and Sequence

      Please review the Focus Forward Scope and Sequence.

      Scope and Sequence (615k)

    • Common Core

      As an intensive intervention solution, Focus Forward can be a critical tool for accelerating struggling readers and preparing them for the more rigorous requirements of the Common Core and sets them on a track for college and career readiness.

      Build Writing from the Ground Up

      Build-ITs are 16 Interlocking Tools that provide hands-on writing support for students—the perfect support for helping students put together the pieces of a writing puzzle! Scaffolded writing instruction teaches students to use text evidence to support arguments, opinions, and conduct with and extended research writing.

      See how Focus Forward correlates to the Common Core

  • Features

    A Complete System for Intensive Intervention

    Focus Forward’s easy-to-manage teaching components are carefully designed to work together seamlessly. This comprehensive system offers teachers systematic differentiation, and offers students engaging books that build their reading confidence.

    Everything You Need to Differentiate and Manage Your Class

    Focus Forward includes a complete teaching system that provides:

    • Focus for core instruction
    • Professional development
    • Teacher-friendly differentiated instruction
    • Differentiated, easy-to-use assessment
    • Purposeful technology with built-in tracking

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    • Foundational Skills

      Build Reading from the Ground Up

      Foundational reading and writing skills taking students back to the very beginning—to fill in any skill gaps. Students who have mastered basic reading skills soon begin to accelerate their learning. With Focus Forward, students gain a solid foothold in foundational reading skills.

      Phonics

      Developmental phonics matches phonics needs to early reading levels

      • Group 1 students books concentrate on 1 and early 2 Grade phonics
      • Group 2 student books focus on advanced phonics skills and word study elements
      • Phonemic awareness occurs as reteaching on the basis of assessment

      Developmental phonics matches phonics needs to early reading levels

      • Short vowel word families
      • Long vowel word families
      • Consonant digraphs
      • Consonant blends
      • Long vowel variant spellings
      • Vowel digraphs
      • Final blends
      • Complex vowel patterns
      • Silent Letter patterns
      • Dipthongs
      • Compound words
      • Prefixes
      • Suffixes
      • Syllabication
      • Antonyms, Synonyms
      • Multiple-meaning words, homophones
    • Digital Classroom

      Assessment Tools

      Rigby READS

      The Rigby READS is a valid and reliable assessment that can be administered in a single day. This invaluable resource is built right into the Rigby Focus Forward program. Forms A, B, and C allow you to determine beginning, mid-year, and end-of-year progress.

      Rigby READS Intervention Online
      • Easy-to-navigate online administration for individual student assessment
      • Accurate initial placement levels and evaluation information
      • Targeted diagnostic data in the five key pillars of reading
      • Prescriptive suggestions for initial reteaching in phonemic awareness
      Online Reports for Monitoring Progress
      • Student Reports pinpoint the Instructional Reading Level for placement in Group 1 and Group 2 and provide diagnostic skills assessment.
      • Class Reports help teachers place students into either Group 1 and Group 2 reteaching groups.
      • District and School Roll-up provides important information to schools and districts for planning purposes.

      Data Management Tool

      Focus Forward offers an easy-to-use data management tool for tracking and monitoring student progress. It's everything you need to differentiate and manage your intervention class.

      1. Visit http://dmt.RigbyFocusForward.com in your web browser.
      2. Click Register Now
      3. Enter the word "Motivate" in the key code field
      4. Review "Terms of Use"
      5. Click Save
    • Small-Group and Whole-Group
      Comprehension Strategy

      A comprehension strategy focus connects whole-group and small-group instruction to produce strategic readers. The program focuses on one comprehension strategy per week, introduced in whole-class and practiced and applied in both small groups.

      • Eight Key Strategies with Connected Subskills
      • Engaging worktexts help students develop their skills everyday.
      • Comprehension and Vocabulary
      • Comprehension, Phonics, and High-Frequency Words
      • Writing
    • Assessment

      A Complete Assessment System

      The Focus Forward assessment program provides easy-to-follow assessment tools for this comprehensive intervention system.

      • Rigby READS Intervention (Reading Evaluation and Diagnostic System)
      • Daily Assessments
      • Weekly Assessments
      • Quarterly Assessments

      Rigby READS Intervention

      The Rigby READS is a valid and reliable assessment that can be administered in a single day.

      This invaluable resource is built right into the Focus Forward program. Forms A, B, and C allow you to determine beginning, mid-year, and end-of-year progress.

      Ongoing Assessment and Progress Monitoring

      The program features on-going informal assessment and progress.

      Daily Assessment

      • After Reading, the Small-Group Teaching Versions offer daily comprehension checks.
      • In the reteaching section of the Whole-Class Teacher's Guides, daily checks of phonemic awareness, phonics, and comprehension are also provided.

      Weekly Assessment

      • Student Self-Assessment pages in the Worktexts present opportunities for students to evaluate their progress on comprehension strategies and reflect on their learning.
      • The Assessment Guide features Weekly Tests for Group 1 and 2 to assist teachers in evaluating key skills and in placing students in the following week's Reteaching Groups.

      Quarterly Assessment

      • Quarterly Tests in the Assessment Guide allow teachers to continually monitor student progress in Groups 1 and 2.
  • HMH Professional Services

    Our Mission Is to Advance Yours

    HMH Professional Services forges student-centered partnerships with schools and districts in the belief that all learners deserve a quality education and the opportunity for lifelong success.

    HMH Professional Services includes teachers, leaders, and technologists. Our Professional Learning Consultants become part of your team, working right beside you to build and implement professional learning plans that respect the unique needs and culture of your school or district community. Through program, practice, and technical services, we work collaboratively to unlock the full potential of every student, teacher, and leader.

    Visit us at hmhco.com/professionalservices to learn more.


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