The Third Quest: Reading Intervention

The Third Quest is a comprehensive vs. targeted intervention for adolescent struggling readers.


The Third Quest Teacher’s Materials include everything one teacher or instructor needs to teach The Third Quest—The Program Guide, Teacher’s Guides for each of nine levels, a Teacher’s Reader, map, posters, downloadable reproducible materials (including in-program assessments), short videos (for students), teacher training videos, and one set of student materials.


The Third Quest Student Materials include everything needed for one student to complete The Third Quest: Student Reader, Survival Guide (vocabulary and word study), and set of nine consumable logbooks.


The Logbook Refill includes nine consumable Logbooks for an individual student.


For Grades:
  • Marilyn Sprick
  • Ann Watanabe
Area of Focus:


The Third Quest is a comprehensive vs. targeted intervention for adolescent struggling readers.


Middle and High School Struggling Readers (grades 5 through 12) and adults

  • General education intervention students
  • Special education students
  • Students with dyslexia

Entry Level: 60 to 130 wcpm on sixth-grade passage; approximately a 3rd to 5th grade reading level


Field test students gained as much 68 words correct per minute in fluency. (The average gain in fluency was 35 words correct per minute across 90 days of instruction.) Students also gained as much as 4.1 grade equivalent units in comprehension and vocabulary across 90 days of instruction. (The average gain was 1.4 grade equivalents, roughly 3 times the expected gain.)

“When teachers teach and programs deliver: Wow!!! Impressive results. The authors have done it again. High quality teaching paired with systematic evidence-based materials has been a win for our kids!!!” – Carol Sanders, Director of Teaching and Learning, Oregon City


“Before, if someone read it to me I could tell exactly what it said, but if I read it myself I couldn’t remember anything. Now I can remember when I read by myself.” – Third Quest Student

“The Third Quest is a great program that really helped me with my reading and writing. I think The Third Quest should be a movie or maybe there should be more books.” – Third Quest Graduate


Watch a recorded webinar by Marilyn Sprick.

View the “Look Inside” pages to learn about implementation and to view the instructional components: Vocabulary, Word-Reading Strategies, Content Knowledge, Comprehension Strategies, Fluency, a Scope and Sequence of narrative fiction and informational text, CCSS Connections, and materials.

For training opportunities, click here.

Visit to request a free web meeting to learn more about this comprehensive reading intervention and whether it’s a match for your students, schedules, and staffing.
  • Marilyn Sprick

    Marilyn Sprick has been a general education teacher, special education teacher, and Title I learning specialist. As an educational consultant, Marilyn has provided training in literacy, curriculum adaptation, and collaborative instruction for thousands of teachers throughout the United States and Canada. 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. 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 is also author of “Preintervention 2: Assessing and Adjusting Academic Support” in Early-Stage Interventions and a coauthor of Meaningful Work; The Tough Kid On-Task in a Box, part of the Tough Kid series; SMART Kids, a social skills curriculum for grades K-1; and First Step NEXT, a Tier 2 behavioral intervention for young children. Sign up here to subscribe to Marilyn Sprick's Newsletter for Literacy Nerds.

  • Ann Watanabe

    Ann Watanabe is an author of Read Well 2, Read Well 2 Fluency Foundations, Read Well 1 Composition, and The Third Quest. She has worked in education as a teacher in special and general education. She has been a resource teacher, reading coach, literacy consultant, and adult education teacher. For more than 35 years, Ann has dedicated her career to helping students of all ages become literate and self-confident. Throughout the state of Hawaii, Ann is known for her work in early reading instruction and instructional delivery—providing professional development for thousands of teachers. She has worked on multiple school improvement initiatives and is the coauthor of the Hawaii State Literacy Tutor Training Program. Ann has presented at district, state, and national conferences and is the recipient of a national Excellence in Education Staff Development award. She coauthored the K–2 CCSS (Common Core State Standards) reading assessments for the state of Hawaii. She is also a National Board Certified Teacher in Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood. As an educational consultant, Ann continues to provide consultation and training in beginning reading, explicit and instruction, Read Well, and a range of supplemental and intervention reading programs.

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.



Training tailored to your school or district’s schedule and implementation needs.

Ancora Publishing has partnered with CORE (Consortium on Reaching Excellence in Education) to deliver professional learning on The Third Quest.

CORE has been at the forefront of reading support for 26 years, providing high-quality professional development that supports educators in implementing evidence-based reading practices with rigorous and effective instruction.

The Third Quest is on CORE’s carefully selected list of effective reading interventions.

CORE’s adolescent literacy experts are ready to provide basic training and job-embedded professional learning on The Third Quest.


  • Basic Training
  • Systems Level Collaborative Planning and Support
  • Classroom Teacher Coaching (live or virtual)
  • Coach Support and Capacity Building
  • Data Study

Connect with CORE to explore training options. Reserve your time now.

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THIRD QUEST CORE Open Registration

Our partners at CORE (Consortium on Reaching Excellence in Education) will be conducting a virtual Third Quest Training.

Training Dates:
August – Click to Register

  • Part 1, August 17, 2021 and
  • Part 2, August 19, 2021 and
  • Part 3, August 20, 2021

Time schedule each day (includes 30-minute break):
10 am to 1:30 pm PT / 11 am to 2:30 pm MT / 12 pm to 3:30 pm CT / 1 pm to 4:30 pm ET

Participants will learn how to deliver The Third Quest with fidelity, effectiveness, and enthusiasm. This basic training includes:

  • Working knowledge of the Third Quest’s comprehensive programming
  • Learning how to deliver explicit instructional routines for teaching vocabulary, word recognition skills, fluency, comprehension, content knowledge, motivation and study skills
  • Diagnostic teaching and progress monitoring