Readtopia - Adapted Reading Curriculum 1 Year Subscription



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Comprehensive Reading, ELA, Social Studies, and Science - all in one experiential instructional program, specially designed for students with complex learning needs. 

Ideal for middle and high school students with autism and other complex needs, Readtopia brings unique levelled graphic novels, purposeful and engaging videos and a plethora of teacher materials for effective reading instruction. 

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For many, reading is not a natural act, but everyone naturally derives learning from first-hand experience.

Readtopia brings first-hand experiential learning into the classroom, so students can bridge the gap between learning through reading, and learning through experiencing.

This approach taps students’ natural learning capabilities, and channels them into reading capabilities so students can begin to more fully participate both in school and in life.

  • Readtopia takes students down 1,000 feet in a submarine as they learn about oceanography.
  • Students hear from Sacagawea to understand the journey Lewis and Clark faced heading west.
  • Readtopia brings students into a volcano in Iceland as a way to introduce them to the book Journey to the Center of the Earth.

All of this is supported by authentic literature, phonics/early reading instruction, and informational text that builds foundational reading skills. Readtopia delivers the curriculum through thematic units that will help you transform classrooms into laboratories of experiential learning.

Readtopia materials include: 

  • Original video
  • Graphic novels (at six levels)
  • Authentic text (chapter book)
  • Leveled Informational Text
  • Phonic/Word Study
  • Assessment
  • Teacher guide that pulls everything together into incredible instruction

The Readtopia curriculum covers a full-range of Reading and ELA skills 

Readtopia curriculum covers a full-range of Reading and ELA skills


Program Components

All of the Readtopia resources are available online to subscribers. Browse the tabs to see each program component in detail including Videos, Leveled Text Graphic Novels and Authentic Text, Informational Text, Phonics / Sight Words / Vocabulary, and Assessment.

Teacher Guide

A Teacher Guide is included with each thematic unit. It walks teachers through each step of implementation chapter-by-chapter.

Each chapter contains several lessons covering different aspects of instruction.

Here’s how a typical chapter unfolds. In addition, understanding is assessed three times per unit.

The sequence of instruction for the first chapter in Westward Expansion is laid out below.

Lesson Plan:
Westward Expansion
Sacagawea (Chapter 1)

  • Video Lesson: Sacagawea
  • Literature Comprehension Lesson Focus | Related Ideas
  • Phonics Lesson: making Words or Word Study: Change the Word
  • Close Reading Lesson Graph | Population
  • Independent Reading/Shared Reading Lesson Graphic Novels
  • Phonics Lesson: making Words or Word Study: Word Builder


Readtopia Program Comonents



Readtopia videos play a crucial part in learning. They form a window into the content that is crucial to support students as they learn to read. These videos are designed to build background knowledge, establish vocabulary, and build visual mental models of the materials covered in subsequent lessons and in the reading. All this, and they’re engaging!


Levelled Text Graphic Novels 


Reatopia reading levelled text graphic novels

Graphic novels use age-respectful images to reinforce text. The book covers are all the same, but inside, the text is carefully leveled! Here’s the first page in the graphic novel Sacagawea at six levels:

Readtopia - levelled text graphic novels

Reatopia Level 7 – Authentic Literature – Chapter books

Informational Text

Students experience 10 different text types including:

  • Compare and Contrast
  • Bibliography
  • Map
  • Chart/Graph
  • Directions
  • Timeline
  • Article with a Sidebar
  • Two Text Types (with same subject)
  • Claim/Evidence
  • Fantastic Facts

All of the text types are covered in each Thematic Unit. Below is an example of the Timeline text type at four levels for the Westward Expansion Thematic Unit. Comprehension tasks (on the back activities) are included at each level.


Level 1 Timeline

Reatopia - Level 1 Timeline


Level 1 Comprehension Activity

Readtopia Level 1 comprehension activity


Level 2 Timeline

Reatopia Level 2 Timeline


Level 2 Comprehension Activity  

Readtopia Level 2 comprehension activity


Level 4 Timeline

Readtopia Level 4 Timeline

Level 4 Comprehension Activity 

Readtopia Level 4 Comprehension Activity


Phonics/ Sight Words/ Vocabulary 


Readtopia - studying phonics


Phonics / Sight Words / Word Study lessons cover both vocabulary in the thematic unit and high frequency word sets for general word identification.

Book-specific phonics lessons (15 lessons per thematic unit) are divided into 5-types: Change the Word, Word Builder, Slice and Dice, Word + Word, Word in a Word.

Sight words for each chapter include AAC Core Vocabulary Words.


Reatopia Phonics / Sight Words / Word Study

Readtopia Phonics / Sight Words / Word Study

Reatopia Phonics / Sight Words / Word Study




Readtopia Assessment

Student response to instruction is assessed several times during each Thematic Unit. Data is easily collected and compared across units.

Cloze Maze assessment examples
Westward Expansion

 Level 1 

Readtopia Cloze Maze assessment level 1


Level 2

Readtopia - Cloze Maze assessment level 2


Level 3

Readtopia Cloze Maze assessment level 3


Thematic Units 

With your Readtopia subscription, you get access to ALL current titles as well as all future releases. Each thematic unit contains 6-12 weeks worth of content.

Current Thematic Units (first release):


Westward Expansion | Sacagawea


Geology / Dinosaurs | Journey to the Center of the Earth


WWII | The Story of Anne Frank


Oceanography | 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea


Ancient Civilization / Maya/ The Planets | The Secrets of Old Mexico


Upcoming Thematic Units (second release summer 2017):

  • Ancient Egypt / Cleopatra
  • Scientific Method / Glaciers / Frankenstein
  • Shakespearean times / Romeo & Juliet
  • Weather and Stars / The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • English History and Exploration / The Prince and the Pauper
  • Marine Science and Navigation / Mutiny on the Bounty

Future planned thematic units: Native Americans, Civil Rights, Slavery and Equality, Underground Railroad, American Revolution, Jane Goodall



Line drawings can be appropriate for young elementary students, but in middle and high schools, these materials look “babyish.” Engagement plummets.

Readtopia materials are full of real photos and age-respectful illustrations—giving students an authentic understanding!


Authentic, age-appropriate content in Readtopia




CLICK HERE to explore  the Readtopia Demo Site.


See the video below for a compilation of  clips from various Readtopia videos.

Readtopia Video Clip Compliation from DonJohnstonInc on Vimeo.


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