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ERIC Number: ED499298
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun-25
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
Read Naturally. Revised. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
What Works Clearinghouse
"Read Naturally" is designed to improve reading fluency using a combination of books, audio-tapes, and computer software. This program includes three main strategies: repeated reading of English text for oral reading fluency development, teacher modeling of story reading, and systematic monitoring of student progress by teachers. Students work at a reading level appropriate for their achievement level, progress through the program at their own rate, and work, for the most part, on an independent basis. The "Read Naturally" strategy is designed to increase time spent reading by combining teacher modeling, repeated reading, and progress monitoring. Although the program was not originally developed for English language learners (ELL), materials for these students are now available. One study of a modified version of "Read Naturally" met the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards with reservations. This study included 60 ELL elementary school students from five schools in central Texas and examined effects on students' reading achievement. No studies that met WWC standards with or without reservations addressed mathematics achievement or English language development. The WWC found "Read Naturally" to have no discernible effects on elementary school ELL students' reading achievement. (Contains 6 tables and 5 footnotes.) [The following study is reviewed in this intervention report: Denton, C. A., Anthony, J. L., Parker, R., & Hasbrouck, J. E. (2004). Effects of two tutoring programs on the English reading development of Spanish-English bilingual students. "The Elementary School Journal," 104(4), 289-305.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)
Identifiers - Location: Texas