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Read Naturally®
Beginning Reading

Read Naturally® was found to have potentially positive effects on general reading achievement, mixed effects on reading fluency, and no discernible effects on alphabetics and comprehension for beginning readers.

Read Naturally® is an elementary and middle school supplemental reading program designed to improve reading fluency using a combination of books, audiotapes, and computer software. The program has three main strategies: repeated reading of text for developing oral reading fluency, teacher modeling of story reading, and systematic monitoring of student progress by teachers and the students themselves. Students work at a reading level appropriate for their achievement level, progress through the program at their own rate, and, for the most part, work on an independent basis. Read Naturally® can be used in a variety of settings, including classrooms, resource rooms, or computer or reading labs. Although the program was not originally developed for English language learners, additional materials for these students are currently available.

Findings

5
studies that met standards out of
11
eligible studies reviewed
Outcome Domain Effectiveness Rating Grades Improvement Index
Alphabetics No discernible effects 3 --
Comprehension Potentially negative effects 2-4
 
 
0
Reading achievement Potentially positive effects 2-4
 
 
9
Reading fluency Mixed effects 2-4 --

Last Updated: July 2013

Race

Asian
7%
Black
26%
Native American
14%
White
43%
Not specified
8%

Ethnicity

Hispanic
21%
Not Hispanic
78%

Gender

Male: 53%
Female: 46%

Free & Reduced-Price Lunch

38%

English Learners

English Learners icon
20%

Delivery Method

whole class icon
Individual

Urbanicity

Suburban
Urban

Locations

MN, AZ, CA
Midwest, West


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