What is AARI?

AARI is a Tier 2/3 (MTSS) short-term, intensive intervention that accelerates reading comprehension and critical thinking in informational text. AARI is for general and special education students in grades 3-12. The instructional framework is built on evidence-based strategies and culture-centered research.

How does AARI work?

AARI focuses on critical thinking with informational text to help students access content from texts.

AARI emphasizes small group instruction that meets students where they are and accelerates their reading through instruction built around:

  • Community
  • Text-Based Inferencing and Critical Thinking
  • Question Answer Relationship (QAR) and Questioning the Author (QtA)
  • Text Structure

What are the requisite conditions for implementing AARI successfully?

  • Assessment
  • Appropriate level of text
  • Small group
  • Daily instruction
  • Ongoing staff development including coaching, after-school support meetings, and learning labs
  • AARI requires administrative support in scheduling small classes and release time for assessing students
  • AARI requires the best teachers

What is the Teaching Approach?

  • Responsive teaching
  • Asking inferential questions¬†that stretch students’ thinking
  • Textual analysis through text structures
  • Moving students to independence
  • Relating to students
  • Building community

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