RAVE-O Literacy Intervention

Elementary School Students Form Connections Between Words

Denise Gorelick, Teacher at Hayes Elementary School, in Clark County Schools, Las Vegas, NV, describes how RAVE-O has helped her students tap into the meaning behind complex words and sentences and form connections that facilitate learning and literacy.

RAVE-O Balances Science and Motivation to Accelerate Reading Growth


RAVE-O takes reading intervention beyond the typical decoding program and moves it to a more comprehensive level, where students learn the power of words and how they grow into meaningful text.


How Does RAVE-O Work?

RAVE-O instruction is built on the exploration of core words—the sounds, word parts, meanings, connections—and how they function in text. The main premise of the program is that the more students know about a word, the more quickly they can read and understand it.

Fluency: Beyond Repeated Reading


Fluency is not just about reading fast—it is about reading accurately and for meaning. RAVE-O students build fluency across several literacy domains. The RAVE-O approach teaches students to read with speed and accuracy, but to also call upon background knowledge and word meanings to quickly understand a word in context.


Comprehension: Beyond Simply Understanding the Text

The goal of RAVE-O is for students not only to understand what they read, but to interact with and analyze text. Students build their own, thoughts, opinions, and new knowledge in response to what they read. Students read Minute Story Anthologiescollections of imaginative stories with wonderfully engaging illustrations. In exploring the richness of language in the context of connected text, students achieve fluent comprehension.

Motivating Instructional Approach


It’s not only the science behind RAVE-O that makes it work—it is the motivational component. RAVE-O students become word detectives who uncover the mysteries of words and what they mean in context. Students experience words through a series of multisensory activities that enable them to literally manipulate language to build meaning and understanding.


Author Interview:
Interview with author
Maryanne Wolf, Ed.D.

35 minutes

Webinar Presentation:
Understanding the Neuroscience Behind Reading
presented by
Assistant Director, Center for Reading and Language Research Tufts University: Stephanie Gottwald