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.
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:
The Readtopia curriculum covers a full-range of Reading and ELA skills
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.
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.
Sacagawea (Chapter 1)
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!
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:
Students experience 10 different text types including:
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
Level 1 Comprehension Activity
Level 2 Timeline
Level 2 Comprehension Activity
Level 4 Timeline
Level 4 Comprehension Activity
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.
Student response to instruction is assessed several times during each Thematic Unit. Data is easily collected and compared across units.
Cloze Maze assessment examples
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):
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!
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