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Reading is important for students’ success

Reading is a fundamental skill, one which adults can take for granted. But for students who have trouble learning to read, it's a struggle.

Struggling readers need more than just books. They need a structured reading program that applies research-based principles to keep them on track and maximize results. They need a reading program like One Minute Reader.

bullet Engaging Content

One Minute Reader features interesting, nonfiction stories, packed with fascinating information. This engaging content taps into students' curiosity, so they want to find out more. Examples of book topics are Natural Wonders, Cool Creatures, and Fun Festivals. 

bullet Develops Reading Fluency

The One Minute Reader program is based on learning strategies that research has shown are effective ways to develop reading fluency:

  • Modeling a fluent reader: Readers read along with a recording of a fluent reader to help them learn how to say the words and how to read in a natural voice.
  • Repeated reading: Readers practice reading each story several times until they know the words and can read accurately and expressively.

bullet Enhances Vocabulary

Each One Minute Reader book includes a glossary that defines vocabulary words that are used in the stories. The audio CD includes audio support for all vocabulary words, so readers can hear the words pronounced and defined.

An optional crossword puzzle in each book gives readers additional exposure to key words from the stories.

bullet Promotes Comprehension

A quiz step asks questions about the story to make sure students think about what the story is about and the ideas in it.

bullet Motivating Feedback

Readers graph their starting cold-timing score and then their final hot-timing score, which shows how much they've improved. Watching their scores go up motivates readers to keep working.

bullet The Right Fit for Each Reader

One Minute Reader offers books in a range of reading levels from early reader to fifth grade, so each reader can find stories that are a good fit for his or her ability.

One Minute Reader Placement Guide

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Read Along… Read Alone… Raise Your Score!

These are the principles that make One Minute Reader so effective. Students read each story several times, following a specific series of steps designed to make sure they learn to read correctly, read faster, and understand what they read.

Read Along

Students read the story aloud while listening to an audio CD of the story. This teaches them how to pronounce new words and reviews and reinforces words they already know.

Read Alone

After reading along, students read alone several times. By practicing the story, they master the story and many of the words in it.

Raise Your Score

Students time themselves before and after they read along and read alone. A graph of their growth motivates them to keep improving