First Author, Readtopia and ReadtopiaGO
Comprehensive literacy resources used by thousands of teachers to ensure that students facing the biggest challenges in their learning process can read, write, and communicate.
Literacy skills are essential for individuals to fully participate in society, and they provide a foundation for success in school and in life.
When literacy education is inclusive, it means that all students, regardless of their background, abilities, or disabilities, are provided with the support and resources they need to succeed.
The inclusive literacy education of First Author, Readtopia and ReadtopiaGo, by Building Wings, recognizes and respects the diversity of learners, ensuring that every student can reach their full potential.
Meet the widest range of needs for students with complex learning barriers.
Engage every student in the learning process, no matter their learning style or ability.
Drive meaningful progress towards IEP goals and today’s academic standards.
Readtopia is a comprehensive reading curriculum for upper elementary, middle and high school students with complex needs, including autism. It brings first-hand experiential learning into the classroom — providing literacy instruction, social studies and science content and integrated math skills, in a way that allows students to truly experience it all.
Leveled instructional materials cover the widest range of student needs, from emergent readers to early conventional readers, and all of the materials are delivered online so they’re available wherever you teach.
Integrated Thematic Units connect literacy with content area learning and life skills, which maximizes engagement:
With your Readtopia subscription, you get access to a library of 28 thematic units, as well as all future releases. Each thematic unit contains 6-12 weeks worth of content, including:
ReadtopiaGO™ by Building Wings is a comprehensive early literacy curriculum for emergent learners, Pre-K to Grade 2, designed to help get our youngest students on the road to literacy.
Drawn from Erickson & Koppenhaver’s Comprehensive Literacy for All: Teaching Students with Significant Disabilities to Read and Write (2019), ReadtopiaGO provides educators with all the books, activities, and instructional guidance they need to deliver four years of age-appropriate, engaging, and evidence-based literacy instruction.
ReadtopiaGO supports literacy learning through science, social studies, social-emotional, and life skills themes.
Students will deepen their understanding of...
Books, videos and illustrations that represent rich diversity of learners. Puppet characters/shows that introduce concepts and build background knowledge in engaging, age-appropriate ways.
Safe, supportive, and nurturing relationships with adults help to drive students’ engagement and growth. Instructional dynamics are personalized to each child’s needs to optimize efficacy. Supported exploration in communicating, listening, reading, and writing helps to build engagement and confidence.
For children pre-K to Grade 2 who face learning barriers (communication, sensory, motor, or developmental challenges). For children who may be learning in a variety of settings
(Head Start, Pre-K/K program, speech clinics, self-contained, or general education early elementary). Leveled instructional activities.
ReadtopiaGO supports for educators
Within ReadtopiaGO, there are:
You can follow the progression set out or you can order and teach themes and topics in the way that works best for you and your learners.
Research tells us that providing young children with access to rich or descriptive language (the words we hear in conversation, TV, storybooks, etc.) serves two purposes: it builds the kind of curiosity that leads to a positive disposition toward language and it helps learners develop a more robust oral vocabulary, which is critical for later success in reading. While there are no prerequisites for learners to engage with and benefit from ReadtopiaGO, the introduction of rich vocabulary, is included in the T3 level books. This was intentional on the author’s part.
ReadtopiaGo provides you with all the lessons, books, videos, and activities you need for the next four years, relieving you of the time you might otherwise spend finding, aligning, and adapting curricula to meet the needs of your learners. While some level of preparation is beneficial, it is possible to pick up the Teacher Guide on Monday morning and start teaching. This is because ReadtopiaGo includes 2-minute Teaching Tutorials that provide you with the what, why, and how of each instructional routine. Additionally, you can follow the step-by-step lesson sequence contained in the Teacher Guide. This program is also a time-saver as it can be integrated into substitute plans or by knowledgeable others or co-teachers if the primary teacher has to be away from the classroom for a meeting.
Yes! ReadtopiaGo conforms to this vast body of research that recognizes that learners need daily support and instruction in comprehension and vocabulary, as well as instruction in the alphabetic principle, phonemic awareness, and phonics. ReadtopiaGo’s instructional cycle encompasses all of these domains, including our patented Learning Letters and Learning Letter Plus supplements, designed in consultation with Dr. Karen Erickson and the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill. These packets will systematically and sequentially support you to take your learners on a journey from identifying letters, to associating letters with sounds, to making words at two differentiated levels across more than 80 lessons.
Research recommends instruction in all five emergent instructional routines (90-120 minutes of early literacy instruction) each day and that can be accomplished with the instructional materials within ReadtopiaGO time permitting in your classroom.
We agree that learners need access to pages and pencils / alternative pencils that support emergent reading and writing. That’s why we will be offering an accessible library of books as well as accessibility tips in the Teacher Guide, to ensure that learners have maximal access to ReadtopiaGo’s materials, activities and experiences. You can also find links to additional support and resources created by Project-Core, at the end of the Teaching Tutorials).
First Author Writing Curriculum is a comprehensive curriculum that supports daily writing instruction in self-contained and designated special needs classrooms, resource rooms, autism support programs and MID, DD classrooms and co-op programs. It was designed to provide explicit daily instruction in both writing, and speaking and listening that is grounded in early writing development.
First Author will help you move from teaching letter shapes year after year into teaching writing with the proper accommodations and turn your students with complex needs into first-time authors!
Scripted lessons with daily target concepts, strategies, discussions (5-15 minutes, 4x/week).
Student-selected topics, UDL framework with accommodations (25-30 minutes, 4x/week).
Students share writing, learning to value writing as communication (30-35 minutes, 1x/week)
Assessment Writing Measures
Track writing progress on a 14-point scale and understand quality and quantity changes.