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How is Read Right "Revolutionary?"
Except for Read Right, virtually all reading intervention and reading improvement programs reflect the belief that reading must be explicitly taught and/or corrected through five basic reading skills learned in this order:
Phonemic awareness (letters on the page link to speech sounds)
Phonics and decoding (identifying individual words through word attack)
Fluency (misunderstood as an ability to rapidly name individual words)
Vocabulary (the meaning associated with individual words)
Comprehension (understanding the message conveyed by an author)
Unfortunately, this thinking violates areas of brain science that were not considered by reading experts in the 1990s when they came up with the list without testing the theory. It can't possibly work! Here's why:
Focusing on phonics and decoding restricts brain activity to the language centers of the brain. Reading excellence requires the brain to locate and retrieve information related to reading that is stored all over the brain.
Since the 1950s and the work of George Miller, brain scientists have understood that the human brain is limited to 7 bits of information at a time, plus or minus 2, before implicit brain functioning spontaneously wipes everything clean and starts over again. This is why word-by-word readers may appear to do fine in first or second grade, but begin to struggle in third or fourth grade, as text becomes longer and more complex.
Reading excellence requires complex cognitive processing, which can only be achieved through implicit work (below the level of conscious awareness). No one can explicitly teach complex brain function, but students can build it for themselves with the right kind of coaching and guidance.
According to Dee Tadlock, Ph.D., developer of Read Right methodolog, fluency and comprehension are not two skills that can be taught separately. They are a single event. True fluency is achieved when a reader reads with full comprehension, using the proper speed, cadence and emphasis to express meaning.
According to Dr.Tadlock, some students may appear to become excellent readers for life after intensive focus on decoding and word attack, but they do because they figure out for themselves that the main event of reading is constructing meaning from the letters on a page. Excellent readers always focus on meaning from the moment reading begins. They (pause) do (pause) not (pause) focus (pause) on (pause) identifying (pause) one (pause) word (pause) at (pause) a (pause) time. How awkward is that?!?
Only 1/3rd of our nation's 4th Graders are proficient in reading; 2/3rds read at or below a basic level
--Source: National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
Read Right's Revolutionary Solution
Developed nearly 40 years ago and documented to work successfully in K-12 schools, colleges, adult workforce literacy and online tutoring programs, Read Right methodology is truly revolutionary. It does not improve reading ability through five disconnected and untested reading skills. The Read Right Reading Improvement Program and the Read Right Primary Core Curriculum keep fluency and comprehension together as the main focus of reading, using highly structured methods to compel readers to do all the implicit work needed to successfully develop complex cognitive processing built specifically for reading. Everything changes for students when they implicitly begin to ask, "What does the text say?" rather than "What is that word?"
Extensive evidence is available documenting effectiveness, including rapid success improving the reading ablity of special education students and English language learners.
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