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Open-Court Reading and Scott Foresman Reading Program. By: Jeri Bright, Lynzi Clark, and Monica Price. About Open-Court Reading…. a research-based curriculum grounded in systematic and explicit instruction of: phonemic awareness phonics and word knowledge

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open court reading and scott foresman reading program

Open-Court ReadingandScott Foresman Reading Program


Jeri Bright, Lynzi Clark, and Monica Price

about open court reading
About Open-Court Reading…
  • a research-based curriculum grounded in systematic and explicit instruction of:
    • phonemic awareness
    • phonics and word knowledge
    • comprehension skills and strategies
    • inquiry skills and strategies
    • writing and language arts skills and strategies
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About Open-Court Reading…
  • Reads fine literature that express a particular theme
    • Learn different themes through reading various types of genres for his or her grade level
  • Relies on the No Child Left Behind Act
  • Uses the McGraw Hill text
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About Open-Court Reading
  • Key Component:
  • “Early, explicit instruction in phonemic awareness and decoding is the key to reading success.”
    • Early means starting reading instruction in Kindergarten or, even better, in pre-school.
    • Explicit means teaching specific skills – not leaving it up to kids to "discover" how to read, or, all too often, not read, on their own.
    • Systematic is a research-based plan for teaching kids how to read that builds on previously learned skills.
    • Phonemic awareness is being able to distinguish the different sounds in a word.
    • Decoding is sounding out a word and attaching meaning to the word-real reading.
  • A recent analysis of standardized test scores provided clear evidence that schools using SRA/Open Court Reading materials achieved higher test score gains than schools using other reading materials
  • Based on a study of more than 700 schools, Open Court schools show higher gain score than non-Open Court Schools.
  • Open Court schools had higher gain scores statewide in California!
    • Statewide, the gain scores for total reading were:
      • 2nd Grade- 12.5%
      • 3rd Grade- 9.3%
  • Open Court provided the largest gain scores for schools with high concentrations of both LEP (Limited English Proficient) and Low-SES (Socio-Economic Status) students
lesson plans activities
Lesson Plans & Activities
  • Language Arts:
  • Reading:
Marilyn Adams

Irene Adcock

Carl Bereiter

Ann Brown

Joe Campione

Iva Carruthers

Robbie Case

Jan Hirshberg

Anne McKeough

Marsha Roit

Marlene Roit

Marlene Scardamalia

Marcy Stein

Gerald Treadway

about scott foresman reading
About Scott Foresman Reading…
  • reading program for Grades PreK–6
  • designed to help teachers build readers through:
    • motivating and engaging literature
    • scientifically research-based instruction
    • wealth of reliable teaching tools
  • strong emphasis on ongoing progress-monitoring and an explicit plan to help with managing small groups of students
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About Scott Foresman Reading…
  • prioritizes skill instruction at each grade level
    • teachers can be assured they will focus on the right skill, at the right time, and for every student
  • award-winning literature across a rich variety of genres provides a systematic path toward reading independence
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About Scott Foresman Reading…
  • 5 Essential Components of Reading
    • Phonemic awareness
    • Phonics
    • Fluency
    • Vocabulary
    • Comprehension
  • All of the five components are emphasized in the instructional lessons
  • Ninety-eight percent of Scott Foresman Reading Street tests aligned above the median for recently aligned state assessments.
  • “The consistently high levels of alignment to state and grade-specific standards indicate [Scott Foresman Reading Street] Unit and End-of-Year Tests are largely successful in covering content emphasized by the specific state standards analyzed.”

—Dr. John Smithson, WCER

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Lesson Plans & Activities
  • Spelling:
  • Reading:
Peter Afflerbach

Wendy Cheyney

Ed J. Kame’enui

Sharon Vaughn

Donald Leu

Camille L.Z. Blachowicz

Sam L. Sebesta

Deborah Simmons

Connie Juel

P. David Pearson

Candy Dawson Boyd

Susan Watts-Taffe

Jeanne R. Paratore

Karen Kring Wixson

nc counties that teach these reading programs
Open-Court Reading




Nash-Rocky Mount


Scott Foresman Reading First

Elizabeth City/ Pasquotant





NC Counties* that Teach these Reading Programs

*These are not all the counties that use these two different programs in NC, these are just the ones we found.