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MCI (Making Connections® Intervention)

Reach your struggling adolescent readers
Grades 6–12

MCI

Common Core State Standards

Reach your struggling adolescent readers

MCI is a unique blended learning solution that provides targeted literacy intervention for struggling readers in middle and high school. At the heart of the program is explicit and direct comprehension instruction. Through carefully scaffolded lessons, students learn to use skills and apply strategies to master comprehension. The blended model integrates the best of teacher-led, face-to-face instruction with engaging, individualized online instruction to maximize the depth, intensity, and effectiveness of the intervention.

Woven through every lesson are multiple opportunities to build students' vocabulary and fluency. Additional support for students struggling with decoding or writing skills can be found in two components MCI Word Study and MCI Writing.


  • Program Components
  • The Student
    Experience

  • Scope & Sequence
  • Assessment &
    Progress Monitoring
  • Small Group Sets &
    Class Sets
MCI Comprehension

MCI Comprehension

The Student Edition contains high-interest fiction and nonfiction texts designed for struggling readers. Students interact with and mark texts. The Teacher's Edition provides direct, systematic, research-based instruction of comprehension skills in the context of a strategic approach to reading that progresses from modeling, to guiding, to coaching, to independent application. Each lesson includes before, during, and after reading support with point-of-use teaching techniques and reminders about when to administer assessments.

MCI Online

MCI Online

MCI Online's adaptive software branches students into one of two paths for individualized instruction. Students receive interactive comprehension instruction and practice, with scaffolded support from an animated Helper Guide. Regular online assessments check student progress and easy-to-use reports are available in the online Management System.

MCI Word Study

MCI Word Study

MCI Word Study is designed to give added support to students who struggle with decoding or have vocabulary deficits that affects their reading progress. Lessons include decoding strategies, syllable patterns, word parts (prefixes, suffixes, base words and roots), and word meaning.

MCI Writing

MCI Writing

MCI Writing incorporates the Six Traits as it uses modeling and the writing process to help students create a story or essay with the same text structure or genre as the corresponding unit in their Student Editions.

MCI Student Library

MCI Student Library

These high-interest paperbacks provide an independently-read capstone experience, giving students the opportunity to apply the newly learned focus skill and use multiple strategies.

12 books per level including fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels.

Engaging, Interactive, Motivating

MCI Assessment

Assessment

Students take the MCI Pre- and Post-Tests: Placement and Progress Monitoring Using The Lexile Framework® for Reading at the beginning of their MCI intervention and at the end of each level. Short, three-minute Maze Tests occur biweekly for more frequent progress monitoring. And Unit Skill Tests check progress with the focus skills at the beginning, middle, and end of each unit. Optional assessments are also available.

MCI Personalized Lobby

Personalized Lobby

Students access their current MCI assignments on a video monitor in the lobby. They can open their lockers to view Video Introductions, Interactive Skill Lessons, My Words Cards, and Skill Cards, or to customize their smart-phone Helper Guide. Unit Completion Certificates are accessed via the Trophy Case.

MCI Teacher-Led Instruction

Teacher-Led Instruction

After students watch a video introduction to build background for the unit, the teacher guides them through texts and activities in their Student Editions.

MCI Individualized Instruction and Practice

Individualized Instruction and Practice

Adaptive software ensures that students are reading texts that are challenging but not frustrating, and receiving the appropriate degree of support and corrective feedback from the Helper Guide.

Interactive Skill Lessons

Interactive Skill Lessons reinforce teacher-based instruction with fun videos about real-world situations related to the unit skill.

MCI Differentiation with Coordinated Components

Differentiation with Coordinated Components

Depending on students' needs, MCI offers coordinated lessons in word study and the writing process, and support for helping students apply comprehension skills and strategies in their independent reading.

Skills
Level AQUA
Grades 6–12
(3rd grade readability)
  • Main Idea & Details
  • Compare & Contrast
  • Cause & Effect
  • Drawing Conclusions/Predicting Outcomes
  • Figurative Language
  • Recognizing Viewpoint: Bias
Level GOLD
Grades 6–12
(4th grade readability)
  • Main Idea & Details
  • Compare & Contrast
  • Cause & Effect
  • Making Inferences
  • Figurative Language
  • Recognizing Viewpoint: Persuasion
Level CRIMSON
Grades 6–12
(5th grade readability)
  • Compare & Contrast
  • Cause & Effect
  • Making Inferences
  • Literary Devices
  • Recognizing Viewpoint: Author's Perspective
  • Synthesizing Information

Strategies: Strategies Covered in Every Level
  • Building Background Knowledge
  • Answering & Generating Questions
  • Understanding Vocabulary
  • Monitoring Comprehension
  • Using Graphic Organizers
  • Summarizing
  • Identifying Text Structure
  • Cooperative Learning
  • Applying Multiple Strategies
Assessments

Assessments

MCI Pre- and Post-Tests Using The Lexile Framework® for Reading measure general reading ability at the beginning of the program and at the end of each MCI level.

MCI Progress-Monitoring Assessments: Maze Tests for Comprehension are short tests that give teachers frequent and immediate feedback on student progress with general reading ability.

MCI Unit Skill Tests assess progress with the specific skills taught in the program.

MCI Comprehension Assessment CD-ROM provides teachers with many additional options for assessment, such as timed fluency tests, a diagnostic skill test, and cumulative skill tests.

Management System and Reports

Management System and Reports

MCI's online Management System automatically records performance data from assessments and other online activities. MCI Reports offer several options for viewing, interpreting, and using this data, making it easy for teachers to monitor progress, differentiate instruction, and manage RTI implementations. Additional reports offer administrators a convenient way to monitor Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) goals and ensure program fidelity.

Reports

Reports

  • Student Skill Gains and Diagnostic Detail
  • Student Progress Monitoring Report
  • Class Summary Report
  • School General Progress
  • District General Progress
  • And more!
MCI Small Group Sets

MCI Small Group Sets (6 students)

  • Teacher's Editions: 1 of each Comprehension, Word Study, and Writing
  • Student Editions: 6 of each Comprehension, Word Study, and Writing
  • Reader Class Set: 6 of each of the 12 MCI Student Library titles
  • MCI Online: 6 students for the online component and all assessments for 12 months
  • Management System: Unlimited teacher and administrator access for 12 months
  • Video Introductions DVD
  • Audio Recordings of the Student Edition (3 CDs)

MCI Class Sets (25 students)

  • Teacher's Editions: 1 of each Comprehension, Word Study, and Writing
  • Student Editions: 25 of each Comprehension, Word Study, and Writing
  • Reader Class Set: 6 of each of the 12 MCI Student Library titles
  • MCI Online: 25 students for the online component and all assessments for 12 months
  • Management System: Unlimited teacher and administrator access for 12 months
  • Video Introductions DVD
  • Audio Recordings of the Student Edition (3 CDs)





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3274-W1 Small Group Set - Level AQUA - Grade 3 Readability 6–12 1000.00 To Order:
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4140-W1 Class Set - Level AQUA - Grade 3 Readability 6–12 2500.00 To Order:
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3275-W1 Small Group Set - Level GOLD - Grade 4 Readability 6–12 1000.00 To Order:
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4141-W1 Class Set - Level GOLD - Grade 4 Readability 6–12 2500.00 To Order:
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3276-W1 Small Group Set - Level CRIMSON - Grade 5 Readability 6–12 1000.00 To Order:
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4142-W1 Class Set - Level CRIMSON - Grade 5 Readability 6–12 2500.00 To Order:
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4135-W1 Pre- & Post Tests 6–12 54.95
3382-W1 Comprehension Student Edition AQUA 6–12 20.05 14.05
4144-W1 Comprehension Teacher’s Edition AQUA 6–12 67.60
4102-W1 Comprehension Audio Recordings (CD) AQUA (Set of 3) 6–12 35.75 25.05
4112-W1 Comprehension Video Introductions (DVD) AQUA 6–12 20.75 14.55
4058-W1 Student Library AQUA—Making It Work (6 pack) F 6–12 42.25
4059-W1 Student Library AQUA—A Year of Change (6 pack) F 6–12 42.25
4060-W1 Student Library AQUA—Rosa’s Journey (6 pack) F 6–12 42.25
4077-W1 Student Library AQUA—Snowboards (6 pack) NF 6–12 45.15
4076-W1 Student Library AQUA—Exploring Mars (6 pack) NF 6–12 45.15
4078-W1 Student Library AQUA—Phineas Gage (6 pack) NF 6–12 45.15
4079-W1 Student Library AQUA—Stone By Stone (6 pack) NF 6–12 45.15
4080-W1 Student Library AQUA—Hello? Are You There? (6 pack) NF 6–12 45.15
4081-W1 Student Library AQUA—Women Win the Vote (6 pack) NF 6–12 45.15
4069-W1 Student Library AQUA—A Call in the Wild (6 pack) GN 6–12 50.35
4067-W1 Student Library AQUA—The Quest of Perseus (6 pack) GN 6–12 50.35
4068-W1 Student Library AQUA—Pyramid Scheme (6 pack) GN 6–12 50.35
4052-W1 Student Library AQUA—Starter Set (1 ea. of 12 titles)
1–5 pricing: 91.40
6+ pricing: —

1 each of 12 Aqua library titles. Includes 6 Non-Fiction, 3 Fiction, and 3 Graphic Novels.


6–12 91.40
4053-W1 Student Library AQUA—Reader Library AQUA (6 ea. of 12 titles)
1–5 pricing: 465.90
6+ pricing: —

6 each of 12 Aqua library titles. Total of 72 books.


6–12 465.90
4118-W1 Word Study Student Edition AQUA 6–12 14.55 10.20
4124-W1 Word Study Teacher's Edition AQUA 6–12 16.60
4115-W1 Writing Student Edition AQUA 6–12 14.55 10.20
4121-W1 Writing Teacher's Edition AQUA 6–12 16.60
3383-W1 Comprehension Student Edition GOLD 6–12 20.05 14.05
4145-W1 Comprehension Teacher’s Edition GOLD 6–12 67.60
4103-W1 Comprehension Audio Recordings (CD) GOLD (Set of 3) 6–12 35.75 25.05
4113-W1 Comprehension Video Introductions (DVD) GOLD 6–12 20.75 14.55
4061-W1 Student Library GOLD—Earthquake! (6 pack) F 6–12 42.25
4062-W1 Student Library GOLD—Strike Three! (6 pack) F 6–12 42.25
4063-W1 Student Library GOLD—Astrobat Challenge (6 pack) F 6–12 42.25
4082-W1 Student Library GOLD—Marooned on an Island (6 pack) NF 6–12 45.15
4083-W1 Student Library GOLD—Antarctica (6 pack) NF 6–12 45.15
4084-W1 Student Library GOLD—At the Scene of the Crime (6 pack) NF 6–12 45.15
4085-W1 Student Library GOLD—The Little Rock Nine (6 pack) NF 6–12 45.15
4087-W1 Student Library GOLD—The World of Television (6 pack) NF 6–12 45.15
4086-W1 Student Library GOLD—Feel the Music (6 pack) NF 6–12 45.15
4070-W1 Student Library GOLD—Racing Rivals (6 pack) GN 6–12 50.35
4071-W1 Student Library GOLD—The Return of the Golden Hawk (6 pack) GN 6–12 50.35
4072-W1 Student Library GOLD—The Worst Day Ever (6 pack) GN 6–12 50.35
4054-W1 Student Library GOLD—Starter Set (1 ea. of 12 titles)
1–5 pricing: 91.40
6+ pricing: —

1 each of 12 Gold library titles. Includes 6 Non-Fiction, 3 Fiction, and 3 Graphic Novels.


6–12 91.40
4055-W1 Student Library GOLD—Reader Library Set (6 ea. of 12 titles)
1–5 pricing: 465.90
6+ pricing: —

6 each of 12 Gold library titles. Total of 72 books.


6–12 465.90
4119-W1 Word Study Student Edition GOLD 6–12 14.55 10.20
4125-W1 Word Study Teacher's Edition GOLD 6–12 16.60
4116-W1 Writing Student Edition GOLD 6–12 14.55 10.20
4122-W1 Writing Teacher's Edition GOLD 6–12 16.60
3384-W1 Comprehension Student Edition CRIMSON 6–12 20.05 14.05
4146-W1 Comprehension Teacher’s Edition CRIMSON 6–12 67.60
4104-W1 Comprehension Audio Recordings (CD) CRIMSON (Set of 3) 6–12 35.75 25.05
4114-W1 Comprehension Video Introductions (DVD) CRIMSON 6–12 20.75 14.55
4064-W1 Student Library CRIMSON—Out of the Park (6 pack) F 6–12 42.25
4065-W1 Student Library CRIMSON—Henry Carter’s Escape (6 pack) F 6–12 42.25
4066-W1 Student Library CRIMSON—The Bracelet in the Attic (6 pack) F 6–12 42.25
4088-W1 Student Library CRIMSON—Faster, Higher, Stronger (6 pack) NF 6–12 45.15
4089-W1 Student Library CRIMSON—A Record of War (6 pack) NF 6–12 45.15
4090-W1 Student Library CRIMSON—Art for All (6 pack) NF 6–12 45.15
4091-W1 Student Library CRIMSON—Detective Story Handbook (6 pack) NF 6–12 45.15
4092-W1 Student Library CRIMSON—The Great White Hurricane (6 pack) NF 6–12 45.15
4093-W1 Student Library CRIMSON—Puzzles from the Past (6 pack) NF 6–12 45.15
4073-W1 Student Library CRIMSON—Riverside’s Most Talented (6 pack) GN 6–12 50.35
4074-W1 Student Library CRIMSON—Something Strange in Southville (6 pack) GN 6–12 50.35
4075-W1 Student Library CRIMSON—Recipe for Disaster (6 pack) GN 6–12 50.35
4056-W1 Student Library CRIMSON—Starter Set (1 ea. of 12 titles)
1–5 pricing: 91.40
6+ pricing: —

1 each of 12 Crimson library titles. Includes 6 Non-Fiction, 3 Fiction, and 3 Graphic Novels.


6–12 91.40
4057-W1 Student Library CRIMSON—Reader Library Set (6 ea. of 12 titles)
1–5 pricing: 465.90
6+ pricing: —

6 each of 12 Crimson library titles. Total of 72 books.


6–12 465.90
4120-W1 Word Study Student Edition CRIMSON 6–12 14.55 10.20
4126-W1 Word Study Teacher's Edition CRIMSON 6–12 16.60
4117-W1 Writing Student Edition CRIMSON 6–12 14.55 10.20
4123-W1 Writing Teacher's Edition CRIMSON 6–12 16.60
4094-W1 Student Library AQUA-GOLD-CRIMSON—Complete Starter Set (1 ea. of 36 titles)
1–5 pricing: 233.15
6+ pricing: —

1 each of all Aqua, Gold, and Crimson library titles. Total of 36 books.


6–12 233.15
4095-W1 Student Library AQUA-GOLD-CRIMSON—Complete Class Set (6 ea. of 36 titles)
1–5 pricing: 1315.85
6+ pricing: —

6 each of all Aqua, Gold, and Crimson library titles. Total of 216 books.


6–12 1315.85
Total $0.00
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