MCI (Making Connections® Intervention)

About The Program

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.

  AQUA   GOLD   CRIMSON
 
           
 
Readability Grade   3   4   5

Watch the MCI Videos

Try the Interactive Skill Lesson on Compare and Contrast

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)
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
 

Research Papers

Research Paper

Sample Lessons

MCI Aqua