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RAVE-O (Retrieval, Automaticity, Vocabulary, Engagement with Language, Orthography)

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RAVE-O (Retrieval, Automaticity, Vocabulary, Engagement with Language, Orthography)
Publication Date: Not fully published
Grade Level: K–4
Content Focus: Literacy/Language Arts
Costs: N/A
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The Center for Reading and Language Research
Tufts University, Miller hall
Medford, MA, 02155

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Design Summary

RAVE-O (Retrieval, Automaticity, Vocabulary, Engagement with Language, Orthography) is a research-based fluency program that was created as a pull-out program for use with students one-on-one and in small groups. The curriculum is designed to assist struggling second and third grade readers by teaching reading explicitly and in multiple ways.  The program works systematically and simultaneously at the word level, text level, and with multiple linguistic components.  Each week students learn a small number of carefully selected core words that then serve as a pivot for learning multiple aspects of linguistic knowledge.  The developers hope that RAVE-O will elicit and harness what students already know about oral language to help teach the written language.  The more the child knows about a word, the faster he or she will read and understand the word.

RAVE-O materials include stories, introductory word cards and image cards, dice, sliders, spelling pattern cards, script for teachers, speed wizard computer program, and word webs.

Costs and Staff Training

RAVE-O is not yet packaged for sale, but will be shortly.  Training for RAVE-O is required, including a day and a half of training, plus three half-day seminars and conference calls, as well as videotaped and on-site observations.  Please contact the curriculum developers for more information.

Staff Qualifications

RAVE-O is best implemented by elementary school teachers with knowledge of how reading is taught.  Content expert reviews suggest that almost any teacher can, with the aid of the instructional DVD, pick up the scripted manual and teach the curriculum. Practitioner expert reviews agree, although also suggest that it is important for an instructor to have a strong knowledge of phonics rules.

Standards Alignment

  • National: None specified.
  • State: None specified.

Research Base

The program is based entirely on research, most of which can be found at:  RAVE-O’s curriculum components are intended to simulate what the brain does when it reads a single word or that word in connected text.

Evaluation Details

Extensive internal evaluations have been conducted and have looked at the impact of RAVE-O on reading assessments, attendance, behavioral measures of language and reading, as well as parent and teacher behavior ratings.

Overall Strengths/Overall Challenges

  • Reaches students of many different learning styles.
  • Positive, supportive learning environment for students.
  • Program seems fun to teach. Multiple opportunities for participation can help keep students engaged.
  • Taps into many different areas of language.
  • High energy pace may help maintain student focus without being so quick that students get left behind.
  • The focus on Many Interesting Meanings (MIMs) will likely make it exciting and challenging for students coming in at varied levels.
  • Activities are structured in such a way that students should feel a great deal of success as they work through the content.
  • Well-organized and clearly scripted.
  • Preparation may be time consuming.
  • May take some time for an instructor to become familiar with the curriculum and figure out how to manage materials.
  • Will likely work best when adopted by a teacher who is well-versed in reading development and can determine the appropriate ways to make the necessary adaptations.
  • The role of the teacher, as outlined in teacher’s guide, requires high energy and enthusiasm.

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