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The Reading Renaissance: Transforming Adolescent Literacy with Decodable Texts
While extensive research highlights the importance of early foundational literacy education, a significant gap exists in understanding the literacy needs of older students (grades 3-12). The misconception that reading is mastered by third grade persists, despite data indicating that 68% of U.S. fourth graders lack reading proficiency (NAEP, 2022). This critical oversight necessitates increased attention and resources dedicated to adolescent literacy development. To address this gap, Storyshares conducted a research study investigating the impact of new, controlled, Science of Reading-aligned books on developing readers in grades 3-12. Data was collected from teachers serving over 1,500 students across 50 classrooms during pilot programs from August to December 2023. Our findings revealed substantial shifts in reading attitudes and behaviors among older students when provided with carefully controlled decodable texts for both independent reading and Response to Intervention (RTI). Read on to learn more about our findings.
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Tuesday Tidbit: What is Decoding?
Decoding, a fundamental skill in early literacy development, refers to the process of transforming written symbols into their corresponding sounds. Essentially, it's the ability to translate the visual code on a page into the phonological building blocks of spoken language. Let's break it down.
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Summer Reading Rescue: Must-Reads for Reluctant Teens
The Storyshares library has hundreds of engaging books in a variety of genres to get teens excited about summer reading. Here’s a small selection to get your reluctant teen readers started!
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Tuesday Tidbit: A Multisensory Approach to Phonics Instruction for Teens
For older students struggling with decoding, traditional methods might not be cutting it. By incorporating a multisensory approach, you can transform decoding practice into an engaging and effective learning experience. Here are some creative ways to get your students using sight, touch, and even kinesthetic learning to master key phonics concepts.
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Illustrations on Mute: The Power of Text in Decodable Books
When you open a decodable book, you may notice that there are more words than pictures. This may seem odd, given that decodable books don’t have a lot of text to begin with. Books that are light on text are often heavy on images, but decodable texts are often devoid of images entirely or contain images that don’t fully connect with the text. Why is that? Like with all things Science of Reading-related, we have to go back to the research.‍
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What Does it Mean to be a Reader in the 21st Century?
The world of reading is no longer confined to physical books. In the 21st century, being a reader goes hand-in-hand with navigating the vast digital landscape. This means equipping students with the skills to be safe, responsible, and effective in their online interactions. Read on to learn about our unique approach to teaching teens about digital citizenship.
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Cutting Edge Literacy Intervention with Decodable Chapter Books
Struggling readers in grades 3-12 often feel left behind when it comes to practicing foundational reading skills. Traditional decodable books, geared towards younger children, can be unappealing and lack the complexity needed for older students. Storyshares offers a revolutionary solution: the Storyshares Decodable Library. Read on to see what sets our books apart.
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Tuesday Tidbit: What is Schwa?
Schwa! The hard-to-describe, often confusing, most common vowel sound in the English language. Let’s break it down.
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The Proof is in the Reading: Storyshares Testimonials That Speak Volumes
A chorus of praise is rising from classrooms and literacy programs across the country, and the source? Storyshares decodable chapter books. Educators are finding these innovative resources to be a game-changer in their efforts to cultivate a love of reading among all students, especially those facing reading challenges.‍ Here's a closer look at how Storyshares is transforming literacy experiences for older, striving readers.
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