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Instruction for the whole student

The instructional components of Reading Plus scaffold comprehension tasks while igniting curiosity and making reading efficient and enjoyable. As students experience success, they make connections, formulate opinions, and develop the ability to express and support those opinions with evidence and knowledge acquired from texts. Reading Plus develops capacity, efficiency, and motivation—the foundation of success.

Texts that TEACH

The Reading Plus program provides an extensive library of engaging informational and literary selections that support instructional objectives through student-centred learning.

Texts used are written to meet readability and text complexity educational requirements, and include STEM, social science, and literary content that expands a student’s knowledge about the world.

The program’s 18 reading levels include selections that range from year 3 readability through to year 13 texts, as well as five levels of early-content, high-interest texts for intermediate/secondary  reading well below year level.

Click here for samples of Reading Plus text selections, comprehension tasks, and constructed response tasks from a number of reading levels in the program.


Reading Plus provide year-appropriate levels of content, vocabulary, sentence length, and word count,ensuring that students encounter ever-increasing levels of text complexity. As a student demonstrates mastery in Reading Plus, the selections presented will have richer academic vocabulary, higher word counts, and deeper examinations of topics and themes. For students who require support, the program provides personalised scaffolds that help students engage with challenging texts rather than avoid them.

Practicing more than 20 COMPREHENSION SUBSKILLS

It’s essential that students have the skills to understand deeper meaning of texts, not just the ability to recite memorised facts.  Reading Plus comprehension questions are crafted to ensure students develop a full understanding of both the explicit and implicit details of a text.

To build meaningful comprehension, students need all the pieces.


Vocabulary and contextual analysis activities are built around the 2,400 Words to Master, a research-based list of foundational academic vocabulary. These words are members of rich morphological families, so learning them provides students with a basis to recognise and understand 10,000 highly frequent, academic words within texts across curriculum domains.

Rigorous, text-dependent comprehension questions follow each reading selection to monitor comprehension and assess a student’s ability to use higher-order thinking skills.

Integrated Comprehension tasks are presented in a variety of formats…. read more

Students respond to writing prompts by forming and substantiating arguments with relevant evidence from the selection and their own prior knowledge of the topic. Electronic comment threads between teachers and students support students in formulating well-considered positions while developing writing abilities.


Making Reading Productive
Reading Plus develops a student’s silent reading fluency, reading rate, and stamina that make reading comfortable and productive. The program provides essential structure to silent reading by scaffolding content, rate, repetition intensity, and lesson formats.

Scaffolds for Independence

Reading selections are presented in shorter segments until students demonstrate the stamina, attention and reading rate required to progress to more extended reading. Engagement Builders appear between text segments to provide additional scaffolding for students.

Our Guided Window changes the way students take in text while reading. The Guided Window gradually increases comprehension-based silent reading rates. As students develop and automate reading efficiency and fluency, they are able to focus efforts on comprehension and gaining knowledge, rather than on the process of reading. The Guided Window makes reading productive, which in turn makes it more enjoyable.

As students’ become more competent they are also given Independent reading opportunities without the Guided Window.


The motivational framework of Reading Plus provides a pathway to increased levels of interest and confidence. Students are provided with frequent opportunities for success and recognition as they achieve ever-greater levels of mastery. Achieving successive performance milestones builds self-efficacy and ability, allowing students to enjoy reading while gaining insight and knowledge.

Topics they'll love....
Students self-select informational and literary texts from eight high-interest categories. Interest profiles help students make connections between their own interests and curriculum topics while igniting curiosity and expanding knowledge.

Choice & Control
Game mechanics provide incentive for even the most reluctant readers, while mastery goals provide all students with greater degrees of choice and control over their learning experiences.

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