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  • Fluency
  • Phonics

Additional Support:
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension

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

This web-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 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.


  • 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.


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 Google login using G Suite for Education.
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.


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 10 and higher
  • macOS 10.10 and higher
  • Chrome OS

Browser Support

  • Google Chrome versions 63 and higher (recommended)
  • Mozilla Firefox versions 60 and higher
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 11 and higher
  • Apple Safari versions 10 and higher 

Connection Speed

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

Resolution Support

  • 1024 by 768 and higher


  • Ability to play audio (headphones preferred)

iPad Support

  • Requires Read Naturally Live iPad app
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  • Requires Read Naturally Live subscription
  • Requires iOS 9.3.5 or later (supported on iPad 2 and newer)
  • Requires 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.​
  • 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 Annual Subscriptions

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

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

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.

Customer Reviews

Mar 15, 2018


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!


Feb 21, 2018


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


Feb 14, 2018


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.


Jan 25, 2018


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.


Jan 11, 2018




Jan 4, 2018


I am always impressed with how fast Read Naturally responds to a HELP ticket. Within minutes I had help and was able to get back in to the program and back to work. Thank you


Jan 3, 2018


This is my first year using RNL. RNL is a great resource to build fluency and boost comprehension. My students enjoy the bank of stories and always ask if it is RNL time yet. If the vocabulary game was available the cold and pass activity times it would have gotten a 5 star rating.

Victoria Sharrer Jan 3, 2018
After completing both the review and a survey, I received email responses from both parties. Talk about AMAZING customer service!! They have helped me out and explained how the program does in-fact allow students to do Wordtastic (the vocabulary game mentioned above) while waiting for pass activities to be checked after practicing the story an extra time. My students and I, both need to read and listen more carefully to the directions. :) OUTSTANDING product!!

Jan 3, 2018


I have used Read Naturally software edition for years. It has been one of my "go-to" interventions for struggling readers. Read Naturally Live was one of the first programs I requested at my new school this year!


Dec 6, 2017


I love this reading program! The stories are very engaging.


Nov 28, 2017


Love using Read Naturally Live with my students!


Nov 27, 2017


We used the old Read Naturally Program for many years, but we LOVE the new Read Naturally Live! We have 3rd, 4th and 5th grade Fluency and Comprehension Intervention groups using it this year. We have had great success and the students love it! It meets the individual needs of each student where they are at. If you are looking for a program to increase fluency, this is the one! I'd like to add that the support folks at Read Naturally Live are awesome to work with. They have been so helpful with technical issues and licensing concerns. Julee Posyluzny, Instructional Coach K-5, Acequia, ID


Nov 15, 2017


I can't believe in the short amount of time we have used Read Naturally how much improvement our students are showing. It is a tremendous tool for struggling readers.


Oct 27, 2017


Read Naturally Live is a fantastic tool! It provides the structure needed for effective reading practice and growth using engaging non-fiction stories. My students love seeing their reading progress after following the repeat reading steps.

Leslie Patterson, Dyslexia Therapist, Blue Ridge, TX


Oct 20, 2017


Read Live is an independent reading class for our struggling readers to practice fluency and comprehension. I interact individually with students to check their work and their progress. Students are practicing reading and understanding as they read. The non-fiction stories are high interest for the students. I love using this tool with my students. I look for weaknesses and address those with a weekly whole group lesson and practice session. All my students are making progress!
I wish the vocabulary "game" that they work on while waiting for their cold read had a score that was reported to me. Sometimes the students are just clicking without reading carefully. Is that available and I don't know about it?

TJ Ihnot, Marketing at Read Naturally Jan 3, 2018

The program does not currently report data on the Wordtastic game. Wordtastic is designed as a waiting activity and is not considered a core part of the intervention curriculum. Thank you for using Read Naturally Live! 

Victoria Sharrer Jan 3, 2018

I would like to know the answer to the Wordtastic question as well. Did you find a way to view this?

Oct 20, 2017


I have been using Read Live for the past 2.5 years and have been very happy with it. I get a lot of valuable data from it and 'my readers' benefit from the differentiated instruction.
The most recent updates though have made it buggy and slow. That being said, tech support is quick to respond and I look forward to it stabilizing in the near future.

Tech Support at Read Naturally Oct 20, 2017

Jason, thank you for your valuable feedback! We’re sorry for the recent service disruption with our most recent update. The changes we made to the program were significant, and caused some of our users to temporarily experience performance issues. We believe that we have solved most of these issues, but will continue to work with you to resolve any problems you may still be encountering with Read Live. Please reach out to us at any time so that we can ensure you receive the best support and experience with the program possible. Thank you for using Read Live!

Oct 6, 2017


Our district has experienced lots of success with our middle school RTI2 students who are using Read Naturally Live. Interventionists report that students like using the program. There is minimal planning time involved and the program teaches vocabulary and comprehension strategies as students read. Students like the program because they can work at their own pace. They don't have to read in front of a group, and there is a choice of interesting texts for them to read.


Sep 28, 2017


Lovin' it! My students are totally engaged with the high-interest informational reading selections. They can't wait to read! They get excited about the progress they see on their graphs, and we have valuable conversations when progress is not as expected. I get excited about the progress that is evident from cold-to- hot reads!


Aug 29, 2017


I've taught for 25 years and I'm seeing the most success in reading for my students than I have ever seen.

This summer I tutored a Chinese boy who was adopted and has only been in the United States for a year. He's 11 years old going into 7th grade and only reading at a second grade level when I started working with him the beginning of the summer. He has completed five stories and moved up one grade level over the summer. I am so excited about the progress that he has made in such a short time using Read Live Naturally.

Thanks for all you do to help improve students' reading.


Jun 30, 2017


My school uses Read Live , it is a great help for the teacher and the students like it a lot. They accelerate in reading without complaining or feeling that it is hard. The little stories are very interesting to the students, at the appropriate level and adapts to the students learning style , allowing them to have all the time need it to accomplish reading fluency and comprehension. Using Read-live was the principal's decision for the school. At the end of the school year, I was impress with the results. I think it was the best program to use for our students. We will continue using this amazing program.


Jun 13, 2017


I used Read Naturally for four years in Washoe County School District Reno, NV. I saw what a great job the program did to improve not only the student's reading but also language skills. I love that the stories are nonfiction. Great way to learn about all sorts of topics. I used the 60 day trial for the new school district that I work for. I saw huge jumps in reading levels for my low 4th and 5th grade readers. We are now purchasing the program to set up a reading lab for the following school year. I am excited to use this with all our struggling readers.


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