We know increasing the amount of text we can get in front of students can improve reading capacity in itself. Simply put, more texts + more talk about texts = better reading!
In some areas, access to text can be especially limited, so Georgia is doubling down on getting books into the hands of children and their families to encourage rich conversation.
See below for several child-friendly instructional resources with strong to moderate research behind them:
- Bookworms: a free K-5 program backed by a randomized-controlled trial study showing its efficacy here in Georgia.
- ReadWorks: a nonprofit that provides the largest, highest-quality library of curated nonfiction and literary articles in the country, along with reading comprehension and vocabulary lessons, formative assessments, and teacher guidance. Most importantly, everything ReadWorks does is based on proven cognitive science research.
- TextProject: is a non-profit corporation founded in 2010 in the state of California. It formalizes a decade-plus of ongoing work by its founder, president and CEO Elfrieda H. (Freddy) Hiebert, to bring beginning and struggling readers to high levels of literacy through a variety of strategies and tools, particularly the texts used for reading instruction.
These are all FREE resources and great tools to get students on a path to grade-level reading!