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Essentials Reader Set

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Add fluency practice, reading comprehension, and composition to your Essentials instruction 

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Engage the interest and build the confidence of struggling readers!

Thirty high-interest passages controlled for the phonics and language concepts students are learning in Essentials. When using the Reader in conjunction with Essentials, students are able to successfully sound out every word, with no sight words or guessing, thereby building fluency and confidence. The Essentials Reader Teacher's Guide and Student Activity Book provide comprehension questions, pre- and post-reading activities, handwriting practice, and composition exercises, making The Essentials Reader a complete reading comprehension and composition program for upper elementary grades or struggling readers of any age. 

These texts are designed with the older student in mind. While many early readers appear "babyish" to an older student, The Essentials Reader engages students with topics such as sports, history, science, and inspiring biographies. In addition, The Essentials Reader supports students in developing fluency with the tools they are learning in Essentials, teaches academic vocabulary, and develops comprehension skills.

  • High-interest texts written for older students!
  • No sight words! - when introduced with the corresponding Essentials lessons
  • Phonics controlled
  • Natural language
  • Fiction and non-fiction texts, including poems, a recipe, short stories, and informational texts
  • Diverse topics such as sports, science, technology, and biographies
  • Engaging illustrations and call-outs
  • Scheduled as optional reading practice in the Essentials curriculum
  • Pre-reading word lists marked with Logic of English spelling analysis markings
  • Academic vocabulary
  • Texts grow in length as students progress in ability 

    What's Included?

    This set includes everything you need to add The Essentials Reader to your Essentials set, creating a complete language arts program for a 3rd to 6th grade student or older struggling reader. 

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        High-Interest, Controlled Texts

        1. Ten Quips
        2. Buck Got Stuck
        3. Acorns for Peter
        4. Bed Racing
        5. Wombats
        6. Futnet
        7. Just Call Her Shelly
        8. Weather
        9. Astronauts
        10. Molasses Banana Bread
        11. Felix the Frog
        12. Stars of the Sea
        13. The Toothpick Fighters
        14. William Kamkwamba
        15. Geothermal Energy
        16. The Tale of Paul Bunyan
        17. The Story of Chocolate
        18. A Perilous Escape
        19. Robert Smalls
        20. The Milkmaid, the Brothers, and the Lessons They Learned
        21. An Open Letter to the Banyan Tree
        22. The Boy Who Wanted a Drum
        23. The Message of the Drum
        24. Grace Murray Hopper
        25. Iditarod
        26. Togo
        27. Billy Mills
        28. Sepak Takraw
        29. Robert Louis Stevenson
        30. Biddy Mason

        You will also need:

        • Essentials. These reading passages are designed to accompany Essentials lessons and provide practice with the reading and spelling concepts they introduce.

        Product Details

        The Essentials Reader

        • Full color
        • 30 chapters, one for each Essentials lesson
        • 184 pages
        • Hardcover
        • SKU: CER1P

        Essentials Reader Teacher's Guide

        • 102 pages
        • Full color
        • Paperback
        • SKU: CERTG1P

        Essentials Reader Student Activity Book

        • 204 pages
        • Black and white
        • Paperback
        • SKU: CERSB1P

        Weight (set): 4 lb.

        These items may also be purchased individually, or in a classroom package with materials for 20 students.

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