Read Naturally--for Blind & Visually Impaired Students
by Dr. Merle Marsh
Read Naturally Masters Edition (ME) is designed to help blind and visually impaired students with reading skills for Grades 1 to 8, but it can also be used for intervention for Grades 1 through adult levels. The program is based on the following strategy: teacher modeling, repeated reading, and progress monitoring. Using audio support and blackline masters, students read along with a recording, practice reading on their own, and graph their progress. The recordings are high quality and feature professional voices reading key words, definitions, and stories. Students can go through three different-paced recordings of a story.
Read Naturally steps to improvement are:
Focusing upon fluency in reading, vocabulary development, comprehension, reading speed, understanding of phonics, and improving Braille fluency, Read Naturally includes teacher's manuals, professional development, and support.
- Selecting a story
- Reading along to keywords
- Writing a prediction of what the story is about
- Timing and graphing a first try through the story
- Reading along with a recording of the story
- Rereading without the recording
- Answering story questions
- Working with a teacher to time reading
- Graphing progress
- Retelling the story
- Practicing word lists
To enhance Read Naturally (ME), a resource CD is now available. Included on the CD are story files to print in Braille, large print text files, placement files, and Braille help files.
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