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Interventions for intermediate (grades 4+),
middle and high school (and adults)

Our comprehensive reading interventions provide explicit instruction in critical areas of reading. Students master foundational skills, develop fluency, build vocabulary, content knowledge, and comprehension. Students become, more proficient, engaged and confident readers.

Creating a lifetime of opportunities!

The Third Quest

Our most robust intervention for intermediate (grades 5+),
middle and high school (and adults)

Through a balance of narrative fiction and informational text, intrigue and mystery engage students as they travel through ancient history. Research-based lessons include work with sophisticated vocabulary, word study, comprehension and fluency, and provide study skills and CCSS connections.

The Third Quest's

Parallel Universe

Intervention for intermediate (grades 4+),
middle and high school (and adults)

The 41 video lessons with explicit instruction delivered by nationally recognized reading specialist and author Marilyn Sprick. Lessons are scientifically based, following guidelines from research with compelling narrative and informational content. 


Results • “Almost too good to believe”

Shelly West, 7th Grade ELA Teacher and Coach – Shaler Area Middle School, PA

The Third Quest’s

Parallel Universe

For Grades 4 and up

41 Lessons • Home or School-based intervention

Our easiest-to-implement intervention

Follow the video directions.
Coach one-to-one or in a small group.

The Third Quest’s Parallel Universe, Season 1 basics: who the program is for, how the program is constructed, the Scope and Sequence, and program materials.

The Third Quest

For Grades 5 through High School

For Grades 5 through High School
75 Lessons • School-based intervention

Our most robust intervention

Teach explicitly and diagnostically.
Instruct in small groups.

The Third Quest basics: who the program is for, how the program is constructed, the Scope and Sequence, and program materials.

Third Quest program brochure.

About Us – A life's work dedicated to reading

Lead Author Marilyn Sprick

As a literacy expert, Marilyn is the lead author of Read Well K-2 (a scientifically based early reading program) and The Third Quest—a reading intervention for adolescent struggling readers. Marilyn Sprick has been a general education teacher, special education teacher, and Title I learning specialist. Marilyn’s focus is on scaffolding and differentiating curriculum, explicit instruction, motivating students, and diagnostic prescriptive teaching. She is well respected for her ability to inspire teachers and translate research into classroom practice.

The Third Quest is proudly presented by Ancora Publishing.
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We encourage teacher training to ensure program effectiveness. The value of a teacher’s interactions with students and their ability to use The Third Quest explicitly and diagnostically creates engagement with the disengaged and improved reading skills for students who have plateaued.

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Join lead author Marilyn Sprick to learn how The Third Quest reading intervention helps students at Tiers 2 and 3.

The Third Quest Webinar – February 11, 1:00pm PT

The Parallel Universe Sample Lessons

Two sample lessons are provided below. First download the related pages from the Coach’s Manual so you can follow along then play the lessons.
(Watch the whole lesson or fast forward to see how lessons progress.)

Level 0, Lesson 2 from the beginning of the program
Click to download corresponding pages.
Level 4, Lesson 6 near the end of program
Click to download corresponding pages.