If you have students who are reading below grade level, Total Reader is especially useful in preparing them for reading the complex literary
and informational texts used in the Common Core Anchor Standards for Reading. You can increase their performance in four important ways:
- Help students slow down: Our leveled test passages give them a short practice session in reading carefully.
- Expand their vocabulary: After their comprehension is tested by "filling in the blanks" for selected words, they can re-read passages to review missed vocabulary, with you or on their own.
- Motivate progress: Your students will receive a Lexile measure after each passage they complete, so they can see their progress on the Common Core stretch Lexile bands for college and career readiness, from grades 3 to 12.
- Give students a varied reading experience: Your students can choose from both literary and informational content on a broad range of topics.
Total Reader provides great support for scaffolding because it returns Lexile measures quickly. You can easily see how much support individual students need before you introduce grade-level text.
You can also use Total Reader to motivate students reading at more advanced levels, for example to help them stay on track for high-stakes tests.