Intervention Programs

Read Naturally® Live

Component of Read Live

5 of 5 (180 reviews | add review)

  • Fluency
  • Phonics

Additional Support:
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Comprehension

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

Accelerate achievement and develop confident learners with the most powerful intervention program for striving readers. Utilizing the proven Read Naturally Strategy on a web-based platform, Read Naturally Live combines an intrinsically motivating system with the best evidence-based practices to deliver results fast. Trusted by educators and loved by students across the country.

Read Live A Component of Read Live


  • 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 provides...

  • An interactive reading intervention, often used for RTI or MTSS implementations.
  • Options to easily differentiate the program to meet individual needs.
  • Motivating informational texts for reluctant readers, from beginning readers to adults.
  • Extensive, computer-generated reports on student progress.
  • Opportunities for teachers to work with students one-on-one.
  • Three curriculum series (Sequenced, Phonics, Idioms) with a total of 23 levels.
  • Nonfiction reading opportunities as required by state standards.
  • Spanish translations for stories in early Sequenced levels.

​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. The Phonic series also includes a spelling step to give students practice encoding words from the word list.
  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 is a component of Read Live, a subscription program that is licensed per student. Teachers can reassign licenses if students leave the program. Read 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.
    pointer Phonics elements taught in the Phonics series
  • 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.
    pointer Featured idioms

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.


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.


Read Live Graph

Set up of account for district, building, classroom, staff, and/or students include:
  • Enrolling staff and students.
  • Licensing students.
  • Support for single sign-on tools from ClassLink and Google Classroom.
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.


To help you implement Read Live successfully, Read Naturally provides free web resources and tech support.
pointer Learn more about Read Naturally's online resources and tech support

Read Naturally Live is an integrated component of the Read Live platform.

  • 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.​
  • Student Placement Results
    This report shows the results of a student’s placement test conducted using the Read Naturally Live placement program—the test results, recommendations, and decision.

Read Naturally Live is an integrated component of the Read Live platform. All Read Live licenses enable full access to the Read Naturally Live curriculum as well as access to the Word Warm-ups Live curriculum, One Minute Reader Live curriculum, and Read Naturally Live-Español curriculum.

Customer Reviews

Jan 13, 2023

I've taught for a long time, and this is a stellar program that will give you the biggest bang for your buck!

Dec 14, 2022


My daughter was in 4th grade and a very reluctant reader. A teacher in our school at the time found Read Naturally and implemented it as the reading program in her 5th grade class. This is when it was on CDs! My daughter went from a 2nd to a 5th grade reading level in about 3 months. It changed her school experience for the better. She is 30 now and she is a voracious reader and writer. I credit Read Naturally for the dramatic improvement and the confidence it gave her when she exceeded her fluency goal. I personally like the non-fiction stories. They are interesting and she still recalls some of them. Thank you!


May 25, 2022


I honestly can't think of anything to improve on - here are the things we loved...
the stories were great (students enjoyed them)
ease of use for teachers - fabulous
support from Read Naturally was excellent! :) (my favorite)
the continuous updates through e-mail from Read Naturally as well as online PD was a plus!


May 24, 2022


My school uses this for high school Special Education students. While this is good research-based material, the stories are extremely boring. My students HATE using this program, and it is the equivalent of busy work. Students find another story about a species of lizard to be troublesome, and they are desperate for content that is of any interest to people over 7 years old. I have been trying to get my school to get rid of the program. It is retarding progress with our most at need students because they dread it. It is a weekly punishment they must endure. This attitude is only a product of wrestling with my students, not my projection of ideas on them.

Customer Service May 24, 2022

Hello Mike,

Thank you for your review!

Often in these scenarios, adjusting program settings – such as reducing the number of required read alongs – can help to increase engagement for older students. We offer great insight into customizing the program based on student need & grade in our online knowledgebase here: Knowledgebase :: Adapting Read Naturally Live to Meet Individual Students’ Needs :: Read Naturally, Inc.

That said, although Read Live is widely used in high schools, adult literacy programs, juvenile detention centers and even adult prisons, no program is right for all students and settings.

Please let us know if we can provide further guidance to assist in your implementation!

May 18, 2022


I absolutely love the Read Naturally program. My students grew so much as a result of using the program. They are doing their cold reads at 20-30 words higher than when they started Read Naturally two months ago. One of my students said today, " I don't know why I love this so much, but I do!" They just love Read Naturally!


Mar 7, 2022


I have seen measurable progress when using the Read Live program to build fluency, vocabulary and comprehension skills. I like assigning homework on Read Live and then meeting with the student, to go over their progress during the school day. The stories are fun and engaging and the feedback is very motivating for students.


Jan 11, 2022


This is my first time using Read Naturally and I already see some amazing benefits for both the students and myself, the classroom teacher. I see the skills they are learning on Read Naturally naturally help their reading skills transfer in other areas. It helps me differentiate individual student's needs and get that pointed one-on-one instruction to readers who need it. I wish ALL of my students could use Read Naturally!


May 25, 2021


This past year Read Live has added components of the program that make it convenient for me to offer students a wide range of tutoring depending on their levels and their reading skills. We are just finishing a challenging school year, but one that has allowed me to help my students make significant gains in their skills because of the Read Naturally suite of products which includes Word Warm-ups and One Minute Reader.


Apr 8, 2021

I love the program, and it has provided a perfect intervention for my 5th graders. I wondered if you have plans to add Word Warm-Ups level 2 (two syllable words) and Level 3 (multisyllabic words) to the Live edition? My students' level of participation has increased so much since incorporating the Live edition (over the older version that required CD players (with batteries that went dead, and headphones that never worked). Would very much like to see the next two levels added to LIVE!!
Nelda Reyes May 24, 2021

Carolyn, I'm with you on inquiring about the Word Warm-Ups Level 2 and Level 3. I love that you can place students on the Sequence Stories and then have them work on those Word Warm-Up Levels where they are having difficulty with decoding those syllable types on just words to increase their fluency. I am also a huge fan of the Read Live vs. paper-pencil, CD version.

TJ Ihnot, Marketing at Read Naturally Apr 8, 2021

We’re so glad your students are having success! Word Warm-ups Live Level 2 is in development and should be available this fall. Level 3 will take a little longer, but we are planning to add that content as well.

Aug 26, 2020


I gave the placement assessment today virtually for the first time to a brand new student to our program. I shared my screen. It was so simple. I was able to place him in less than 10 minutes. With the extra time, I gave the student and his Nanna a walkthrough of the Read Live process from Cold Read to Hot Read all from my computer! Being able to log in as the student makes this possible!


Jun 20, 2020


I had used the paper version of Read Naturally for many years with my English As A Second Language students. I loved the way it let me differentiate instruction and the excellent background knowledge and rich vocabulary the children received from the non-fiction stories. After I retired I began volunteering in an under-served city school district and used the paper program in one on one tutoring sessions with native English speakers who were reading below grade level. When schools closed due to the current health crisis, I didn't know how I could help these children anymore, but with Read Live, the excellent support from the Read Naturally videos and webinars, and the Chromebooks that were distributed to the students I have been able to continue working with my students and experience even more growth in their progress. The children are very engaged in their learning and it shows in their positive improvement.


Jun 2, 2020


A great program. Kids enjoy using it. They see their progress in fluency and comprehension skills.


May 18, 2020


Thank you so much for helping me to begin using your program for my 7th grade special education reading students. I was assisted in a timely manner and I always felt satisfied with the feedback and support provided by a gentleman by the name of Joel Olson. He was patient with me and always took the time to make sure I was leaving our support conversation with the answers to the questions I had. I would love nothing more than to continue using your reading program, however, I will be leaving my current teaching position at Shepherd and moving to Poston, another junior high school in the Mesa School District. I will be teaching Pre-Algebra. I highly recommend this program and would gladly recommend the support staff (especially Joel) to help teachers who are new to Read Naturally. Thank you again for the opportunity to use your program.


May 11, 2020


Your support staff is awesome. I have worked with Joel before. He is truly an asset to your support. Your videos for students have been so well thought out and helpful for them and now their parents as new assistants. Thank you for being so responsive to the needs as they are presenting themselves this year. I have worked with RN since the 90's with the paper pencil version to the SE version and now with Read Live.


Apr 13, 2020


Our school is an at-risk elementary school with 93% poverty. We have been using the program for 5+ years. We are thrilled with the program and love the success rate of our students. Our students are so engaged and love the stories, they even research stories further to learn more. The graphs are motivating and lend themselves to the student success. After assessing students and targeting the students in greatest need we are able to track progress with the very precise assessment components that are part of the Read Live program. One of the great aspects of this program is the variety that is offered. Not only variety in the stories but the variety in the skills that can be covered. The success of any intervention is targeting the skills needed specifically by each individual student.


Mar 26, 2020


So impressed with the rapid response and with the quality of of the help from the support team!


Feb 18, 2020


Read Naturally is a amazing tool. I have used it as a bridge to literacy for both homeless children with limited education and with adult English Language Learners. It meets the students where they are at provided all the tools we needed for success.


Feb 18, 2020


Big fan! The format/questions align with MCAS and my students (grades 2-5) are loving the online version of RN. Less paper and less planning!


Feb 12, 2020


This program has helped my students grow and they love using it.


Jan 14, 2020


My 4th grade daughter was placed in the ReadNaturally program at the top of the school year and I was struggling with accepting the fact that she was having trouble with reading comprehension. My daughter reads fluently but she was having trouble with sequencing, summarizations, and finding the main idea of a story. I was reluctant but I wanted to help her to become more confident in her schoolwork. Thankfully, this program came along to fill in the gaps. I’m amazed at the progress my daughter has achieved. She’s happier and less stressed while doing her homework and she looks forward to completing her ReadLive stories. We still struggle in some areas but I’ve seen a a major difference in her behavior and her test scores. We will continue to implement this program as long as it’s available. Thank You


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