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Focus:
  • Fluency
  • Phonics

Additional Support:
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension

Skill Level: Grades 1‒8
Intervention Range: Beginning Reader to Adult

Differentiate instruction easily using Read Naturally Encore, a powerful reading fluency intervention that accelerates reading achievement by using the research-based Read Naturally Strategy using printed materials and audio CDs. Students become confident readers by developing fluency, phonics skills, comprehension, and vocabulary while reading nonfiction reading passages with questions. This time-tested intervention program engages students with interesting nonfiction stories and yields powerful results.

Read Naturally Encore provides...

  • Intensive reading intervention, often used for RTI implementation.
  • Differentiated instruction for a wide range of readers from first grade to adult.
  • Motivating informational text for reluctant readers.
  • Feedback to students and teachers from graphs of individual progress.
  • Nonfiction reading opportunities as required by Common Core State Standards.
  • A process to correctly place and continually challenge each student.
  • Spanish translations for stories in early Sequenced levels.

Students...

  • Build fluency while expanding knowledge base.
  • Increase reading accuracy and expression with audio support.
  • Strengthen comprehension and vocabulary.
  • Develop automaticity in decoding (Phonics series).
  • Work independently most of the time.
  • Experience success and an improved attitude toward reading.

Read Naturally Encore accelerates reading achievement by combining three research-based reading strategies for struggling readers—teacher modeling, repeated reading, and progress monitoring. A student works at his or her own pace in an appropriate level of material. The student works through the steps and masters a story by reading along with audio and then practicing the story until he or she can read it fluently and with comprehension. The student tracks progress on a graph.​

pointer Research basis for the Read Naturally Strategy

The Encore reading fluency intervention develops reading proficiency using nonfiction reading passages and audio CDs

Read Naturally Encore Steps
  1. Select a Story
    The student selects the story he or she wants to read. Choosing the story deepens the student’s investment in the material.
  2. Key Words
    In the Sequenced series, the student reads the key words and their definitions while listening to an audio recording. The key words provide definitions that are important to understanding the story.
    In the Phonics series, the student listens to a phonics lesson and reads words that have the featured phonics patterns.
  3. Prediction
    The student uses the title, picture, and key words to write a prediction of what he or she thinks the story is about. The prediction prepares the student’s mind for reading the story.
  4. Cold Timing
    The teacher may time the student, usually for one minute, as he or she reads the story, or the student may complete this step independently. The student underlines unknown words while reading. At the end of the timing, the student subtracts the number of underlined words from the total number of words attempted to obtain a cold-timing score. This step raises the student’s awareness of which words he or she needs to learn and establishes a baseline for progress monitoring, the component of the Read Naturally Strategy that motivates the student to improve.
  5. Graph Cold-Timing Score
    The student graphs the cold-timing score in blue. Marking the graph provides a visual of the baseline data.
  6. Read Along
    The student reads along quietly with a recording of the story, typically three times. This step is the teacher-modeling component of the Read Naturally Strategy, which helps the student learn new words and master others as well as learn proper pronunciation, expression, and phrasing.
  7. Practice
    The student practices reading the story without audio support three to ten times until able to read it accurately, with expression, and at the goal rate. This step is the repeated-reading component of the Read Naturally Strategy, which helps the student improve fluency, master difficult words, and understand the story.
  8. Questions
    The student answers questions about the story. Responding to the text holds the student accountable for meaning, develops the ability to answer many types of questions, and provides teachers with information about how well the student comprehends the story.
  9. Pass
    The student reads the story for the teacher to show that he or she can read it at the goal rate, with appropriate expression, and with three or fewer errors. The teacher corrects or reviews the comprehension questions with the student.
  10. Graph Pass Scores
    The student graphs the pass-timing score in red above the cold-timing score (in blue) to show how much the student’s fluency has improved. The student also graphs his or her comprehension scores.
  11. Retell/Word List
    In the Sequenced series, the student retells or summarizes the story to improve comprehension, and the teacher corrects it.
    In the Phonics series, the student works on decoding skills by practicing the word list until able to read it accurately at a predetermined rate. The teacher passes the student on the word list.
    The student graphs his or her retelling or word list score.

Read Naturally Encore has two series, each with multiple levels and 24 stories per level. Both series have the same basic design with strategic differences.

  • Sequenced series is the basic series and has 13 levels (1.0 – 8.0) with 24 stories per level.
  • Phonics series adds phonics lessons and activities to the basic design and has 6 levels (0.8 – 2.7) with 24 stories per level.

Read Naturally Encore is sold by reading level. The teacher selects the appropriate series and level for each student.

Each level within a series includes a reproducible masters book by reading level, audio CDs, a glossary, and free web resources. ​Each order includes an appropriate number of placement packets and teacher's manuals.

Book of reproducible masters includes:
  • High-interest, leveled, nonfiction stories with key words, bold-faced glossary words, line-by-line word counts, comprehension activities.
  • Additional reproducible resources include graphs for student performance, letters to parents, a steps poster, and a certificate of completion.
12 Audio CDs with album include:
  • Two stories per CD with three recordings of each story.
  • Audio for key words and for glossary words.
  • Spanish translation of each story in levels 1.0 – 4.5 in the Sequenced series. 
Full-color glossary includes:
  • Student-friendly definitions of challenging words from the stories.
  • Many full-color pictures and clarifying sentences for glossary entries.
Placement Packet includes:
  • Instructions for placing each student in an appropriate instructional level and for setting an initial reading goal.
  • Placement story from each level.
Teacher's Manual includes:
  • Research and rationale for the Read Naturally Strategy.
  • Description of teacher responsibilities.
  • Lesson plans for introducing the program.
Free reproducible web resources include:
  • Glossary for each level.
  • Crossword puzzle for each story.
  • Comparison questions (levels 5.0 – 8.0).
  • Fidelity checklist.
  • Full-color steps poster.
  • Full-color certificates.
  • Additional graphs.

The Sequenced series focuses on fluency and also supports vocabulary and comprehension.

Description Item Number Item Price, $ Quantity
Encore Sequenced Level 1.0 EN1010 $135.00
 
Encore Sequenced Level 1.5 EN1015 $135.00
 
Encore Sequenced Level 2.0 EN1020 $135.00
 
Encore Sequenced Level 2.5 EN1025 $135.00
 
Encore Sequenced Level 3.0 EN1030 $135.00
 
Encore Sequenced Level 3.5 EN1035 $135.00
 
Encore Sequenced Level 4.0 EN1040 $135.00
 
Encore Sequenced Level 4.5 EN1045 $135.00
 
Encore Sequenced Level 5.0 EN1050 $135.00
 
Encore Sequenced Level 5.6 EN1056 $135.00
 
Encore Sequenced Level 6.0 EN1060 $135.00
 
Encore Sequenced Level 7.0 EN1070 $135.00
 
Encore Sequenced Level 8.0 EN1080 $135.00
 

The Phonics series focuses on fluency and phonics and also supports vocabulary and comprehension.

Description Item Number Item Price, $ Quantity
Encore Phonics Level 0.8 (Short Vowels) EN1008 $135.00
 
Encore Phonics Level 1.3 (Long Vowels) EN1013 $135.00
 
Encore Phonics Level 1.8 (Blends & Digraphs) EN1018 $135.00
 
Encore Phonics Level 2.3 (R-Controlled) EN1023 $135.00
 
Encore Phonics Level 2.6 (Short Vowels) EN1026 $135.00
 
Encore Phonics Level 2.7 (Long Vowels) EN1027 $135.00
 

These reference books reinforce the vocabulary features of the Read Naturally Encore program by providing definitions of the challenging words from the stories. Many definitions include full-color pictures. One of these full-color glossaries is included with each Read Naturally Encore level, but having more copies available encourages students to look up new words as they work through the stories. Audio support for the pronunciation and definition of each word is provided on the corresponding audio CD for each level.

Description Item Number Item Price, $ Quantity
Encore Sequenced Level 1.0 Glossary (5-Pack) ENGL10 $25.00
 
Encore Sequenced Level 1.5 Glossary (5-Pack) ENGL15 $25.00
 
Encore Sequenced Level 2.0 Glossary (5-Pack) ENGL20 $25.00
 
Encore Sequenced Level 2.5 Glossary (5-Pack) ENGL25 $25.00
 
Encore Sequenced Level 3.0 Glossary (5-Pack) ENGL30 $25.00
 
Encore Sequenced Level 3.5 Glossary (5-Pack) ENGL35 $25.00
 
Encore Sequenced Level 4.0 Glossary (5-Pack) ENGL40 $25.00
 
Encore Sequenced Level 4.5 Glossary (5-Pack) ENGL45 $25.00
 
Encore Sequenced Level 5.0 Glossary (5-Pack) ENGL50 $25.00
 
Encore Sequenced Level 5.6 Glossary (5-Pack) ENGL56 $25.00
 
Encore Sequenced Level 6.0 Glossary (5-Pack) ENGL60 $25.00
 
Encore Sequenced Level 7.0 Glossary (5-Pack) ENGL70 $25.00
 
Encore Sequenced Level 8.0 Glossary (5-Pack) ENGL80 $25.00
 

These reference books reinforce the vocabulary features of the Read Naturally Encore program by providing definitions of the challenging words from the stories. Many definitions include full-color pictures. One of these full-color glossaries is included with each Read Naturally Encore level, but having more copies available encourages students to look up new words as they work through the stories. Audio support for the pronunciation and definition of each word is provided on the corresponding audio CD for each level.

Description Item Number Item Price, $ Quantity
Encore Phonics Level 0.8 Glossary (5-Pack) ENGL08 $25.00
 
Encore Phonics Level 1.3 Glossary (5-Pack) ENGL13 $25.00
 
Encore Phonics Level 1.8 Glossary (5-Pack) ENGL18 $25.00
 
Encore Phonics Level 2.3 Glossary (5-Pack) ENGL23 $25.00
 
Encore Phonics Level 2.6 Glossary (5-Pack) ENGL26 $25.00
 
Encore Phonics Level 2.7 Glossary (5-Pack) ENGL27 $25.00
 

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What Customers Say About Read Naturally Encore

"I was pleasantly surprised by the ease of use and the engagement level of my students. The students are very independent and eager to progress to the next story to improve their words per minute."
— Sherry, Reading / Literacy / Language Arts Teacher, Pecatonica, IL

"I've seen Read Naturally listed primarily as a fluency program on the national level web sites for reading intervention programs, but I really think it is much more than just fluency. Read Naturally does a nice job with vocabulary and making predictions. I also like that it covers the comprehension areas of main ideas and details, inference, drawing conclusions, and summarizing."
— Karen, Reading / Literacy / Language Arts Teacher, Goddard, KS

"Super program! Struggling middle level students love it! Progress monitoring by students is extremely motivating for students who have been met with failure for as long as they can remember!"
— Laurie H., Reading Specialist, Wichendon, MA

Customer Reviews

Nov 3, 2017

5

The Read Naturally Encore program has proven to be an excellent intervention for our below level students and ESL students BUT, has also provided a way to accelerate our already on level readers. The students are engaged as they read the nonfiction passages and excited to graph and "OWN" their growth and achievement. They have gained confidence, vocabulary and interesting facts. It has encouraged them to find out more when they read about a topic and become curious. I began using Read Naturally ME many years ago and continue to love the program and the impact it has on all readers.


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Oct 9, 2017

5

I have been an educator for nearly 3 decades in various roles, and have used Read Naturally as a part of reading intervention for many years. I am currently working with tutoring centers in Beijing China and have introduced this program. Read Naturally is a good match for 2nd language learners as it provides them with correct pronunciation and gives them the opportunity to improve their own pronunciation. Students love it, in addition to helping with correct pronunciation, RN works very well for reading fluency practice, vocabulary development, and writing practice. The educators here also love it because it is easy to implement and because they see results in students very quickly. They have commented that they are pleased with how motivated the students are and how happy they are to see progress made right before their eyes.


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Dec 14, 2016

5

The program has greatly improved our students fluency and comprehension. The leveled program allows the students to practice successful reading on their own. The independence experienced by the students has been wonderful for their self-esteem. The vocabulary, predictions, and comprehension are also a big part of what makes the program a success. It is very easy to use and the students are highly engaged in the stories because they can choose what they are interested in reading. Also, the progress tracking graph is a huge incentive for success.


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Aug 29, 2016

5

I worked as volunteer instructional aide in the reading department at Key Largo School. We used the original version of Read Naturally, currently known as Encore, and I could see how children not only enjoyed and enhanced their reading experience, but their handwritten work, involving the information received by following the words with their fingertips, tracing their comprehension answers, drawing the bar graph to evaluate themselves, made an unequally valuable connection, back and forth from hand through brain, that can hardly be replaced by the use of type-on computers. Other than the obvious pragmatic and trendy convenience, what does the Cloud and online programs offer to replace all those benefits offered by Read Naturally Encore?


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Karen McKenna, Director of Curriculum at Read Naturally Aug 29, 2016

Thank you for the high praise for Read Naturally Encore. I am glad you had such a rewarding experience using the program.

Read Naturally Live offers the following  student supports for reading that cannot be replicated with Encore unless you are working one-on-one with a student: all words in each story are pronounced correctly when a student clicks on them; students can see and hear the definition just by clicking on a vocabulary word; feedback on quiz answers is instantaneous (a very powerful instructional technique); scores are recorded instantly, and data is averaged so that a teacher can differentiate instruction easily.

While I agree that hand movements can help solidify student learning, the only one on your list that directly relates to learning to read is following text with a finger. Read Naturally cannot replicate this experience for the student on a computer, so a Reading Guide is available to outline a row of text. The student moves the Reading Guide with the mouse or the arrow keys, which provides a slightly different type of hand-eye-brain connection than using a finger under the text.

Jun 6, 2016

5

This is by far the best intervention program I have ever used in the classroom. The fact that much of it can be student driven and managed is a wonderful advantage of this program. Students get to practice their fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary, all with informational texts! The charting routine, in which the students chart their own success is a great way to hold them responsible and they love to see their own growth. My students read so much with this program, and at the end of each six weeks, I have a little Jeopardy game to show them how much they've actually learned with the multiple readings. They are always amazed at how much smarter they've gotten by using Read Naturally. One tip I'd give anyone using this version would be to buy timers that vibrate or flash a light so that you don't have to listen to the beeping all day long! I found some great ones for about 14$ each. This works so much better than iStation!


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May 18, 2016

5

As a resource teacher, I have been using Encore for years with my struggling students. I love how it has helped my students improve in their reading comprehension, fluency, and writing! They enjoy competing with themselves to improve their fluency scores. I appreciate that the texts are engaging at all levels. Within one 45 minute period, we cover so much! I use the data I get weekly from this program to drive my instruction.


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May 17, 2016

5

I use Read Naturally with my Middle School Resource kids. My students have gained confidence as they use this program. With confidence comes the desire to read more difficult passages. Not every student does well with a strictly phonics program. Read Naturally is the perfect fit for my students who need an additional method to build their reading skills.


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Jan 23, 2016

5

I started using Read Naturally last year with one of my students and saw amazing results for her. Her fluency improvement was unbelievable and her confidence soared as she was able to become such a stronger reader. I am using it this year again with different students and am pleased with the results as well.


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Jan 21, 2016

5

As an ELD teacher, I have witnessed the progress made by using Read Naturally . With Read Naturally, my students have advanced several literacy levels. Read Naturally is the first tool I use when it comes to reading intervention!

**FLORA **SAN DIMAS, CA :)


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Jan 14, 2016

5

Great program for all student grades and levels.


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Oct 16, 2015

5

I love this program! I use it for progress monitoring and goal setting for my special Ed students.


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Aug 11, 2015

5

Read Naturally is the first program I've used that is truly comprehensive. The fluency component is excellent, but I am just as impressed with the vocabulary and comprehension components. Our students made tremendous gains after one year. I'm looking forward to using Read Naturally products again this year.


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Aug 11, 2015

5

I am very pleased with the results I am seeing with my adult students that are using Read Naturally Encore. This program works best for us because my students are in prison and do not have computer access. It has helped them implement the phonics skills they have learned into their reading. The two students I am trying it out on have increased their reading level one grade in a 4 month period.


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Feb 4, 2015

5

I love this program! I used it many years ago in tier 2 support and now as a special ed teacher I still prefer it. It is wonderful for fluency, but also supports comprehension and vocabulary skills, and the students enjoy graphing their results, making it good motivation to improve.


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Feb 4, 2015

5

I do love using this reading intervention for my special students. It is very easy to use and my students love working independently especially when they see their learning progress.


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Jan 23, 2015

5

I love this reading intervention program because it helps improve my students' reading fluency and comprehension skills. It is easy to implement in the classroom.


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Jan 21, 2015

5

Definitely a 5-star program in my book! Read Naturally Encore is a versatile program and easy to use. It can be used for intervention outside of regular ed classroom or in a regular ed setting. Teachers and students can shift focus on different skills as needed, fluency, comprehension, or vocabulary. Students can work with near total independence or teachers can provide guidance as needed.


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Jan 13, 2015

5

The Read Naturally Encore intervention programming is very easy to use for students and staff. Since students can monitor their own progress, they are able to set their own goals in what needs to take place in order for them to improve their words per minute and/or comprehension. Since students are able to listen to the vocabulary and story on the CD, this strategy helps them improve their fluency, knowledge of vocabulary, and understand the importance of fluent reading and how it impacts their higher-level comprehension. The students also enjoy talking about the nonfiction stories.


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Dec 11, 2014

5

Read Naturally Encore is the total package. It incorporates reading fluency, and comprehension. One of the most motivating aspects of this program is the student progress monitoring piece. My students have taken responsibility for their own learning and progress monitoring with this program.


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May 4, 2014

5
The Encore program is fantastic. I have been using it for six or seven years now and every child likes The Read Naturally Program. The students can see their progress. In all the years I have been using it, I have never had a child not benefit from all the facets of this program. I look forward to using the new and improved versions. Thank you!
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