About Read Naturally
Read Naturally is an online reading program that draws on research-proven strategies to involve developing and struggling readers in reading, improve their fluency, support their comprehension, and accelerate their reading achievement.
Each day, with the guidance of an educational assistant, the student selects a nonfiction story and then reads along while listening to a fluent reader read the story. Reading along helps students learn unknown words and encourages proper phrasing, pronunciation, and expression.
Next, the student practices reading the story until he/she is able to read it aloud at a predetermined goal rate. The student is given a one minute timing to check progress towards his/her goal. This motivates students to read and improve. After completing a story, students get immediate feedback on their progress. This makes them aware of and responsible for their own progress. Mastering a story allows students to build fluency and confidence.
Finally, the student answers comprehension questions and writes a summary of the article.
Developing and struggling readers need a safe, structured, and highly motivating opportunity to read on a daily basis.