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The Science of Reading and Early Reading Instruction

The Science of Reading and Early Reading Instruction

The reading wars continue. If your teachers are debating the best way to approach reading instruction, we offer the articles below to inform the discussions in your district. 

The Hechinger Institute’s article “Four Things You Need to Know About the New Reading Wars,” discusses phonics instruction, balanced literacy, and reading comprehension, referencing additional articles including some of those listed below.

The Center for the Collaborative Classroom recently interviewed Dr. Louisa Moats, who shares her thoughts on the Common Core State Standards, the need for explicit instruction in foundational skills, and her understanding and background on the science of reading.

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New Product: TPS’s STEAM into Reading I-III for Texas Proclamation 2020

New Product: TPS’s STEAM into Reading I-III for Texas Proclamation 2020

Are you looking for a product that encourages students to choose their own reading selections? Take a look at Learning List’s reviews of TPS’s STEAM into Reading I-III (TPS Reading).

TPS’s Reading is a comprehensive reading program for the high school Reading I, II, and III courses. The same material is used for all courses. The materials are available in print and digital form. TPS Reading focuses instruction on the student expectations of the TEKS and includes a variety of activities, open-ended questions, and lessons to develop reading skills.

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Print Versus Digital Materials: What the Research Says

Print Versus Digital Materials: What the Research Says

If your district is gearing up for an adoption this year, part of your selection calculation likely will be whether to purchase print or digital/online materials.  An article in the Hechinger Report  titled, “A Textbook Dilemma: Digital or Paper?” may be useful.

The article discusses Patricia Alexander’s review of research on this topic. Ms. Alexander is an educational psychologist and a literacy scholar at the University of Maryland. Despite numerous (878) potentially relevant studies on the topic, Ms. Alexander pointed out that “only 36 [studies] directly compared reading in digital and in print and measured learning in a reliable way.” Despite the need for further research on this topic, Ms. Alexander found that numerous studies affirm the finding that: “if you are reading something lengthy – more than 500 words or more than a page of the book or screen – your comprehension will likely take a hit if you’re using a digital device.” This pertained to college students as well as students in elementary, middle, and high school.    

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New Product: Scholastic’s Next Step Guided Reading Assessment

New Product: Scholastic’s Next Step Guided Reading Assessment

Do you need a comprehensive reading assessment for students in kindergarten through grade 6?   Take a look at Learning List’s reviews of Scholastic’s Next Step Guided Reading Assessment.

Scholastic’s Next Step Guided Reading Assessment(NSGRA), is an assessment tool designed to support teachers using responsive teaching to make data-driven decisions about reading instruction. This product is designed for use in grades K-6, with one kit for grades K-2 and another kit for grades 3-6.

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New Product: Rosen-LightSail

New Product: Rosen-LightSail

Rosen-LightSail is a supplemental reading program for students in grades 2-12. The program is fully digital and adaptive. The focus of Rosen-Lightsail is on improving students’ reading abilities, increasing reading stamina, and encouraging a love of reading.

The program supports individualized instruction with books matched to students’ Lexile levels that address a variety of topics students will find interesting. Books are available in English and in Spanish. Students have access to a personal library of age-appropriate, leveled texts partnered with embedded activities and formative assessments. 

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