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Focus:
  • Fluency
  • Phonics

Additional Support:
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension

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

This cloud-based intervention efficiently applies the research-based Read Naturally Strategy to accelerate reading achievement. Visual and auditory prompts guide students through the motivating steps to develop fluency and phonics skills, support comprehension, and improve vocabulary. Track student progress easily and use the data to differentiate instruction with Read Naturally Live. Because the software and data are "in the cloud," there's no server to set up or maintain. Students can access the program from desktop computers, laptops, Chromebooks, or iPads.

Read Naturally Live provides...

  • An interactive, online reading program, often used for RTI implementation.
  • Options to easily differentiate the program to meet individual needs.
  • Motivating informational text for reluctant readers, from first grade to adult.
  • Extensive, computer-generated reports on student progress.
  • Nonfiction reading opportunities as required by Common Core State Standards.
  • Spanish translations for stories in early Sequenced levels.

Students...

  • Build fluency and motivation by reading short, nonfiction passages.
  • Increase reading accuracy and expression with audio support.
  • Strengthen comprehension and vocabulary.
  • Develop automaticity in decoding (Phonics levels).
  • Work independently most of the time.
  • Experience success and an improved attitude toward reading.

​Read Naturally Live is an online reading program that accelerates reading achievement by combining the research-proven strategies of teacher modeling, repeated reading, and progress monitoring. A student works at his or her own pace in an appropriate level of material. Text and audio guide the student through the steps. The student 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 program automatically tracks student progress.

pointer Research basis for the Read Naturally Strategy

Read Naturally Live is a research-based, online reading program

Read Naturally Live Steps
  1. Select a Story
    The student clicks on 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 and Idioms 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 for one minute as he or she reads the story, or the student may complete this step independently. The student clicks unknown words while reading, and then clicks the last word read during the timing. Read Naturally Live subtracts the unknown words from the total number of words attempted to obtain a cold-timing score and displays it on a graph. This step establishes a baseline for progress monitoring, the component of the Read Naturally Strategy that motivates the student to improve.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Quiz
    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.
  8. Retell/Word List
    In the Sequenced and Idioms series, the student retells or summarizes the story to improve comprehension. 
    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.
  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 the comprehension questions and the retelling of the story (if applicable) and reviews the results with the student. 

    In the Phonics series, the student also reads the word list to show that he or she can read it with three or fewer errors at the goal rate. ​A graph shows how much the student’s fluency has improved since the cold timing.

    ​ Additional graphs show results for the comprehension questions, the retelling, and the word lists (if applicable).

Read Naturally Live subscriptions include access to all 23 levels of  three series. All 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.
  • Idioms series teaches common American idioms as students work on reading skills.  Idioms has 4 levels (3.0 – 4.5) with 12 stories per level.

Read Naturally Live is a subscription program, licensed per student. Teachers can reassign licenses if students leave the program. 

The teacher assigns the appropriate series and level for each student. The student works through the level in the student program, and the teacher manages the student's progress in the teacher program.

STUDENT PROGRAM

Read Naturally Live Story

High-interest, leveled, nonfiction stories include:
  • Key words, clickable vocabulary words, and comprehension activities.
  • Spanish translation of each story in Sequenced levels 1.0 – 4.5.
Extensive audio support includes:
  • Audio directions for each step of the process.
  • Three appropriately paced recordings that model correct pronunciation and expression.
  • Pronunciation of words in stories when clicked.
  • Audio definitions of key words, or, in the Phonics series, an audio phonics lesson.
  • Clickable vocabulary words with audio-supported, student-friendly definitions.
  • Spanish translation of each story in Sequenced levels 1.0 – 4.5.
  • Auditory signals that indicate if a student's responses to multiple choice items are correct or incorrect.
Structured instructional process includes:
  • Automated steps built around teacher modeling, repeated reading, and progress monitoring.
  • A wait-time vocabulary-building activity.
Computerized scoring and extensive reports include:
  • Automated correction of multiple-choice questions.
  • Calculation of fluency, phonics, and comprehension scores.
  • Graphs and reports showing student performance.

TEACHER PROGRAM

Read Live Graph

Set up of account for district, building, classroom, staff, and/or students include:
  • Enrolling staff and students.
  • Licensing staff and students.
Management of student programs includes:
  • Placement of each student in a level and series with an appropriate reading-rate goal.
  • Easily customized options for individual students and extensive student reports.
  • Printable stories, reports, parent letters, awards, and completion certificates.
Online Documentation includes:
  • Step-by-step instructions for working in the software and "how to" section on setting up Read Naturally Live.
  • A lesson plan for introducing the program to students.
  • Training videos that explain how to set up the software and work with students in the program.

ONLINE RESOURCES AND TECH SUPPORT

Free web resources include:
  • Read Live Smart Start Guide, Read Live User Guide, and Read Live Online Help.
  • Crossword puzzle for each story.
  • Comparison questions in Sequenced levels 5.0 and above.
  • Fidelity checklist, full-color steps poster, phonics elements list, English and Spanish parent letters, and story title labels.
  • Worksheets for transitioning from Read Naturally SE or ME to Read Naturally Live.
Tech Support includes free:
  • E-mail support and updates.
  • Web support including a knowledgebase.
  • Phone support.

To use Read Live software, your computer must meet the following minimum system requirements:

Operating System Support

  • Windows 7 and higher
  • Mac OS X 10.9 and higher
  • Chrome OS
  • iOS 9.3.5 or later

Browser Support

  • Google Chrome versions 49 and higher (recommended)
  • Mozilla Firefox versions 45 and higher
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 11 and higher
  • Apple Safari versions 7 and higher

Browser
Plug-ins

Internet Connection

  • 512 Kbps and faster (Dial-up connection is not supported.)

Screen Resolution

  • 1024 by 768 and higher

Audio

  • Ability to play audio (headphones preferred)

iPad Support

  • Read Naturally Live iPad app
    pointer Download from the  iTunes App Store
  • Read Naturally Live subscription
  • iOS 9.3.5 or later (supported on iPad 2 and higher)
  • Internet connection, 512 Kbps or faster
  • Headphones recommended for audio support
  • Students At-a-Glance Report
    This report includes a student-by-student summary of results for Read Naturally Live stories passed. This report is used to quickly identify students who may not be making adequate progress in fluency and comprehension and therefore may require adjustments in their programs or additional instruction.
  • Student Level Summary Report
    This is a table summarizing results for each story a student has passed at a given Read Naturally Live level, including cold- and hot-timing results, number of practices, quiz results, and more.
  • Student Fluency Graph
    This bar chart displays a student's cold- and hot-timing scores for all stories passed in a specified series and level.
  • Student Comprehension Graph
    This graph shows the quiz questions a student answered correctly on the first try for each story in a specified level. Quiz results are reported by question type and story.
  • Student Retell Graph
    This graph shows the number of words a student used to retell each completed story on the first try and whether or not the student met the teacher's expectations on the first try.
  • Word List Graph
    This graph shows how long it took a student to read the word list on the most recent attempt for each story the student completed in a specified level.
  • Story Details Report
    This report provides a student's detailed results for a specific Read Naturally Live story.​

Read Naturally Live Annual Subscriptions

The more Read Naturally Live seats you purchase, the less you pay per seat.

Examples:
2 seats x $159.00 per seat = $318.00
10 seats x $55.00 per seat = $550.00
50 seats x $23.00 per seat = $1150.00
200 seats x $19.00 per seat = $3800.00

The pricing below reflects the price per seat. When you enter a quantity, you will be given an option to change your quantity to get the best deal (the most seats for a given dollar amount). Contact us for custom pricing.

Description Item Number Item Price, $
1-5 seats RL01A $159.00 per seat
6-29 seats RL01B $55.00 per seat
30-129 seats RL01C $23.00 per seat
130+ seats RL01D $19.00 per seat
Quantity
 

Read Naturally Live iPad App

Download on the App StoreTeachers set up and manage Read Live using a web browser (see supported web browsers). Students can access the Read Naturally Live curriculum either by using a web browser or by using the free Read Naturally Live app for Apple iPads.

What Customers Say About Read Naturally Live

"We are successfully integrating the Read Live components with our literacy program. Students are highly motivated to apply taught strategies and are truly interested in the range of topics offered. The ability to customize this program allows us to meet the needs of each student."
— Nancy, Classroom Teacher, Exeter, NH

"We serve a large population of second language learners at our school. Because they are all at different fluency levels, it was hard to give them the instruction and attention that they needed. Read Live is the perfect solution. It reaches all learners at their fluency level and allows them to work at their own pace. It truly is a fabulous program."
— Esther, ELL Administrator, Ojai, CA

"I have found Read Naturally to be an excellent intervention for building reading fluency. The levels are well sequenced, interesting, and the non-fiction stories build the students' vocabulary and knowledge. My students are motivated to use it, and they can work for the most part independently, allowing me to work with more students at a time and still be effective. The Read Live version is the best!"
— Barbara H., Special Education Teacher, Missoula, MT

Customer Reviews

Dec 6, 2018

5
The directions to zoom out worked. The response was quick. I wish the interface(?) was different. When I zoom out, I can see more names, but then it's harder to read the text. Thank you!
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Dec 5, 2018

5

We have used Read Live in our school for the past 4 years with our tier 2 and 3 students. We have seen tremendous growth using the Read Live program. Our students are motivated by the engaging nonfiction stories. The program allows them to improve their fluency, comprehension, vocabulary and phonics (if needed).


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Nov 28, 2018

4

Read Naturally Live has been great for multiple students at different instructional levels needing instruction at the same time. With added incentives, students who have been defiant to reading have now taken time to better their reading skills and have seen success with this program!!! Seeing students light up after they see results is amazing for a teacher's heart.


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Nov 21, 2018

4

Great product. The students are highly engaged and we have definitely seen tremendous growth in fluency, accuracy and comprehension.


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Oct 4, 2018

5

I have found that Read Naturally works with students of different reading levels. I think the writing component is excellent as this is where many students need support.


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Sep 18, 2018

5

Read Naturally Live has been a wonderful addition to my tool box for fluency instruction for my struggling Readers needing intervention. I have been using this program for 3 years. My students love the using the program and monitoring their own progress with the Graphs. The report also provide excellent data for parents during meetings and conferences as well as current performance when goal planning. This past summer I provided an introduction to Read Naturally Live for my parents so they could also encourage their student to continue reading over the summer. They were able to log in as parent helpers. The response was great! As I looped with up to grade 6 with the same students that I worked with last year, the students were able to continue right where they left off. Also, being able to print paper copies of the stories is helpful to y students. It gives them access to the text on paper so when they go back into the stories to answer comprehension questions or write a retell, they can highlight the information. This also helps me intervene and give focus lessons where it's needed because I can see the errors.


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Aug 23, 2018

5

I learned about Read Naturally way back in 2006 when I was a student teacher in a Special Day Class. At that time my Master Teacher had Read Naturally in paper form with CDs, CD players and headphones. She built in her student's regular practice everyday as a part of their Language Arts/English time. I saw how effective it was and provided immediate feedback to each student at their individual level. Each passage was paired with comprehension strategies. So when I started teaching as a resource specialist a bit later I used the strategies with basic reading passages. Just recently revisited the website when I was working for a private school, used the free trial and we invested in an account. I had such great results with a number of students who were really struggling. I got quite a few students up to their appropriate grade/year level (I was teaching in the UK) or they moved up more than one year level in less than one school year. It also produces data on the reading and comprehension skills of each students, which is great for knowing how to further support the students in intervention. I always recommend this program/programme to teachers and parents!


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Aug 22, 2018

5
Joel responded very quickly to resolve my problem. Thanks!
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Jul 23, 2018

5

I've been using using Reed Live Naturally for a few years now as an intervention for struggling readers. I really enjoy seeing my students improve and have successful reading experiences. I also use the Benchmark Assessment to assess all the students in the school 3 times a yea, so I can identify those students need the intervention. You've done a great job. I have taught for 25 years and I'm very impressed with what you've done. Best reading intervention I've ever seen.


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May 31, 2018

5

I appreciate the ease of using this program for my special needs students. The stories are interesting and engaging.


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May 30, 2018

5

We have been using ReadLive since January (4 months so far) and have already seen great progress with our most struggling readers. They are engaged to come read with us, and look forward to hearing the "Bing" of correct responses, and see their charts jump up as they meet their goals! Their overall reading levels and comprehension skills have also flourished. I am so impressed with their engagement and progress! I wish there were a French Canadian version for our French Immersion students! The customer service has also been top notch!


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May 29, 2018

5

This program has dramatically increased the fluency, comprehension and writing abilities of my ELL students. Their MAP scores have risen as much as 15 points in a trimester. It provides great individualization.


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May 18, 2018

5

I have used Read Naturally as a teacher and as a principal. I have been amazed at how much my students have grown in their fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, and confidence! I love this program and the support the company provides. My questions are always answered quickly and promptly. The site is very user-friendly. The reports provide a lot of data to assist with instruction and planning. Read Naturally is truly one of the best tools I have ever used to assist with reading.


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May 18, 2018

5

We use Read Live for intervention for fluency and for those with more than adequate fluency needing help comprehending. The students enjoy the stories. I do appreciate the story options and have been more flexible with them this year. The explicit forms and instructions for developing the retell (which I consider a summary) helped clarify the process for both the students and myself. I understand why you removed the minutes on lessons, but that was a useful piece of information. Your assistance when we have had problems has been immediate.


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Apr 4, 2018

5

Thank you for your quick response to my question. All was answered.


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Mar 15, 2018

5

Read Naturally has been a wonderful intervention tool that has helped build fluency and confidence. It has been amazing to see the students grow and see the pride they have in themselves after even a few short weeks of reading with the program. My students are not just motivated to use Read Live but they're excited to come to our book club and get to read!


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Mar 15, 2018

5

I was introduced to Read Naturally at a conference and fell in love with it. I am currently using a trial version in my classes. I teach special education and have some very reluctant readers because it is so difficult for them. After being introduced to Read Naturally Live, the students are asking to stay later in my class so they can read more. It is so exciting to see them want to read!


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Feb 21, 2018

5

Thank you for the information. It was very helpful :-)


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Feb 14, 2018

5

I love that this program provides for teaching points. I am always redirecting my students back to the text to find support for their short responses. Students can learn a lot just from analyzing HOW a question, definition or context are phrased. One thing I would love to see is a "NOT YET" option for teachers on the short response and retell portions. We focus so much on growth mindset that clicking "NO" puts readers in that "fixed mindset" and implies that they are wrong, when they just need to elaborate.


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Jan 25, 2018

5

I love this program. I have brought it to 3 schools over the past 11 years because it is THE BEST program for struggling readers. It allows individualized practice and instruction in a small group setting. It also provides meaningful data for writing and monitoring progress on reading goals. With the reports available, I am able to communicate very specific details about students strengths, deficits, functional levels, and growth with parents and fellow educators. Since it is a direct measure of reading and comprehension levels, it is the most meaningful tool I have for effective reading intervention. Students really enjoy the informational text.


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