An Introduction to READ 180

 This program directly addresses individual needs through teacher-directed lessons, adaptive software, and age appropriate nonfiction and fiction texts, and data driven differentiation.

Instructional Model: This program includes four main components: Whole Group, Small Group, Instructional Software, Modeled and Independent Reading. 


  1. Whole Group Instruction: Students are instructed as an entire class.  Whole-Group instruction builds reading, vocabulary, writing and oral language skills through teacher-led lessons.
  2. Small Group Instruction: Students continue with the skill focus and receive individualized attention.
  • view Anchor Videos to build background knowledge
  • read aloud rBook passage to model accuracy, fluency, and expression
  • students perform repeated readings to build fluency and comprehension
  • explicit instruction in academic vocabulary words
  • scaffolded practice with multi-paragraph writing
  • differentiation of lessons at various checkpoints
  1. Instructional Software: Students are automatically placed in the software according to their Lexile score. The level is adjusted by the teacher as a student makes progress. There are four levels, level 4  being closest to grade level.
  • Level 1:  400-600 Lexile
  • Level 2:  600-800 Lexile
  • Level 3:  800-1000 Lexile
  • Level 4:  1000 Lexile and above


Reading Zone

  • video previewing the current topic
  • reading passages: nonfiction, content-area text that helps to build fluency and familiarity with text they will see in other subject areas
  • targeted spelling patterns, high-frequency words, and content vocabulary
  • comprehension questions: main idea, summarize, sequence events, read for detail, draw conclusions, make inferences, cause/effect, compare/contrast, and problem/solution
  • vocabulary questions: assesses the words that were highlighted in the passage


Word Zone

  • word assessment identifies words from the passage that the student is able to read with automaticity and words that need further study
  • word clinic presents words from the assessment activity and offers decoding tips and highlight common phonemic elements


Spelling Zone

  • spelling assessment words are taken from the leveled passage in the current segment
  • the software looks for a small instructional set of study words
  • offers immediate and corrective feedback
  • spelling tip models how to identify the important parts of words, ie blends, common phonograms
  • proofreading activity helps the student transfer spelling skills to writing activities


Success Zone

  • after demonstrating mastery of all study words and correctly answering fifteen questions in the Reading Zone
  • discrepancy passage:  student reads 2-3 passages and selects the one that is factually correct
  • context passage:  student fills in the blanks within the displayed passages which helps develop comprehension
  • final recording assesses fluency


Writing Zone

  • Respond and Write prompt: models how to use the student’s point of view to generate a topic sentence then it presents two support sentence frames and a conclusion sentence frame
  • common words are identified and suggestions are presented to the student in order for them to replace with a precise word
  • prompted to self-check and revise
  • student makes a recording of the piece and listens prior to submission


  1. Independent Reading
  • Modeled reading: Audiobooks allow students to access grade-level test with audio support.  eReads are short nonfiction articles that relate to their Topic Software.
  • Independent reading: Students select titles from READ 180 paperbacks which are high-interest and age-appropriate. By reading text at their level, the student builds comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency.