Intervention Programs

Read Naturally® Live

Component of Read Live

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Focus:
  • 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

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 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.

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 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.

ONLINE RESOURCES AND TECH SUPPORT

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 19, 2024

4

My favorite 2 aspects of Read Live are the fluency work which is something kids do not often get enough practice with at the middle/high school levels, and the repetition of the reading process - from pre-reading to post-reading which is a habit that we need our students to learn.


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Jan 19, 2024

5

I have used Read Naturally - One Minute Reader for approximately 10 years and have seen great results! I work with struggling readers and I have found that this program does in fact build fluency, comprehension and confidence! This year I decided to try Read Naturally Live and have found it to be an even better program for my students. I've been teaching reading intervention for 11 years and used many different tools, but Read Naturally has been the one tool I've stuck with over the years because it continues to prove to be effective with my struggling readers. Customer service is also great!


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Jan 18, 2024

5

Read Live is a great tool that helps our teachers meet the needs of our students with language based learning differences. Using Read Live has been a very effective way to monitor student progress and helps to ensure our students meet their fluency and comprehension goals.


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Nov 28, 2023

5

My students have made tremendous progress over the years using Read Naturally Live! My students who struggle with fluency have gained confidence and improved at rates that don't even compare to other programs that I have used. I find the comprehension and vocabulary components to be very beneficial as well. The students love the high-interest content and they are motivated to reach their goals. I can't say enough about the positive impact Read Naturally Live has had on my challenged readers.


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Nov 23, 2023

5

Our school is the first and currently the only school in Bermuda for children with language-based learning differences. We have been using RNL since 2017 and have found it to be effective in strengthening our students' reading fluency and comprehension. The program is easy to implement, and our students enjoy being able to choose their stories and work to complete each level. Our teachers like the ease of placing students and the flexibility to move students to different levels when needed. RNL helps us target our student's individual needs and personalize their learning. We also appreciate having customer support with knowledgeable members of the team when needed.


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Nov 21, 2023

5

We love Read Live in our district! It is an appealing, easy and engaging program for students to work on their fluency and reading comprehension. Students love seeing their success within one story! This success carries over to progress monitoring scores as well. Having Read Live is a great addition to the direct instruction within our Title One program. It also helps that the non-fiction stories are quite interesting for the students.


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Nov 21, 2023

5

I have been using RNL with my Title One Reading groups and they love it! They are proud of themselves when they reach their reading goals and their confidence is growing. There is a nice variety of stories and students always find a topic that interests them. I like that we can select reading skills to target individual students needs. I love that RNL is aligned with Science of Reading and students are able to identify and apply what we learn during large group lesson to their RNL stories!


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Nov 21, 2023

5

Absolutely LOVE read LIVE. It's a fabulous way for students to engage in authentic nonfiction texts with great comprehension. Our students have excelled at practicing main idea, vocabulary, sequencing, summarizing and other skills for each and every story. Being able to give specific feedback is invaluable. There has been a strong positive correlation between students that participate in read naturally and pass our state assessment. My only wish is to have some fiction passages that aren't idioms. I don't think I'd use any other program for interventions if fiction passages (not idioms) were created. Highly recommend.


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Nov 7, 2023

5

Read Live is an amazing program. I have seen my student's ORF rates soar with this program. The students that comprise my class are on multiple reading levels and it makes instruction difficult. Reading Live takes the stress off of meeting the needs of multiple struggling readers and maximizes reading time. Students can successfully work on their reading level while I support them. The stories available to the students are engaging and relevant. The data collected from the reports section is valid and is exactly what my district wants in data meetings. I just attended a Reading League training and this program is aligned with the Science of Reading. I am so thankful for this program and feel confident as a teacher that I am providing science-based practices to my reading instruction.


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Aug 10, 2023

4

The stories are engaging for kids.
Easy flow for teachers.


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Jan 13, 2023

5
I've taught for a long time, and this is a stellar program that will give you the biggest bang for your buck!
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Dec 14, 2022

5

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!


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May 25, 2022

5

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!


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May 24, 2022

1

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.


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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!

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

5

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!


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Khalida Bibi May 28, 2023
Excellent thanks

Mar 7, 2022

5

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.


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Jan 11, 2022

5

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!


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May 25, 2021

5

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.


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Apr 8, 2021

5
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!!
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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

5

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!


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