Parapros are crucial to reading instruction, and this module has given you a foundational understanding of what goes into the reading process. Pulling together insights from all of the other units, this unit helps you think about how you—individually or with an instructional team—can design effective reading lessons.
Instructional design is a complex topic, however, and the unit just scratches the surface. Because of its challenges, designing lessons is often beyond the scope of what educator teams have time and capacity to undertake. Instead, they often rely on core reading programs and other commercially available products to do the heavy lifting of instructional design. Especially when these teams routinely evaluate the effectiveness of the lessons they’re using, they can skip the lesson-design part of instruction. Even so, knowing how lessons are constructed and how to modify and adapt them to teach to the edges enables team members to become critical consumers of these commercial reading programs and related products.