Reading Express

Reading Express

Grades 3–8

Step-by-step reading intervention with proven results

Research based—proven results using instructional best practices.

Sixty grade-level lessons provide comprehensive coverage of standards—national editions and Texas editions. The modular design lets you select the skills your students need to develop. Step-by-step guidance and scripting for each part of the lesson makes Reading Express easy to use.

Flexible planning lets you teach a focused minilesson in as little as 10 to 20 minutes or use in an intensive skill development block. Robust data-driven assessment and monitoring helps you diagnose skill gaps, track performance, and evaluate progress using either online or pencil and paper assessment tools.

Reading Express offers extensive ELL support, with complete ELL lessons for each standard that build academic vocabulary, introduce concepts, and practice skills.

Reading Express has become one of the most useful resources that our school has provided. It has enabled us as teachers to hone in on skills that our students struggle with… Reading Express has become somewhat of a savior for our students.

Sixth Grade ELA Teacher


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  • Reading Express Level C (Grade 3) - National Standards
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  • Reading Express Level C (Grade 3) - Texas
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  • Reading Express Level D (Grade 4) - National Standards
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  • Reading Express Level D (Grade 4) - Texas
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  • Reading Express Level E (Grade 5) - National Standards
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  • Reading Express Level F (Grade 6) - National Standards
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  • Reading Express Level G (Grade 7) - National Standards
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  • Reading Express Level H (Grade 8) - National Standards
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Program Features & Resources

Features

Comprehensive Coverage of State Standards

  • Vocabulary skills
  • Text features
  • Text structures
  • Reading comprehension
  • Literary elements
  • Genres
  • Reading strategies

Intensive Skill Intervention in 5 Easy Steps

Flexible lessons can be adapted to available time frames. Teach a focused minilesson in as little as 10 to 20 minutes; provide a 30-, 60-, or 90-minute intensive skill-development block; or split study over several days.

1. Introduce the Skill

  • An ELL Lesson builds vocabulary and background knowledge.
  • An Explain activity introduces the skill to the whole class or small groups.

2. Model the Skill

  • An Expand Minilesson is available digitally for whiteboard use.
  • Scripted instruction with step-by-step questioning.
  • Designed to engage students.

3. Practice the Skill

  • Gradual release of responsibility model.
  • Move from guided to independent practice.
  • Explore activities are available in both reproducible and consumable workbook format.

4. Assess the Skill

  • An Exit Ticket activity provides one-on-one formative assessment.
  • Online or paper and pencil assessment and progress monitoring using ExamView® software.
  • Separate diagnostics, progress monitoring, and summative assessments.

5. Remediation/Additional Practice

  • Re-Explore activities provide additional skill practice for students who have not met proficiency goals.
Teacher Materials

Teacher Guide

Step-by-step suggestions support experienced and new teachers in delivering the lesson, differentiating instruction, and assessing skill mastery.

Minilessons

Detailed, full-color minilessons for teaching each skill are available digitally for whiteboard use.

ELL Resource

A targeted resource for English Language Learners for each grade level includes over 200 pages of skill-specific lessons and reproducibles.

Assessment Resource

  • A comprehensive pretest diagnoses individual skill weaknesses.
  • Unit tests cover several skill lessons.
  • A comprehensive posttest assesses mastery of skills.

ExamView® Software

All tests in the Assessment Resource are available digitally. Create custom tests and performance reports by student, class, objective lesson, and standard.

Digital Support

Teacher ToolKit

  • Suggested pacing schedules for using Reading Express to supplement the basal textbook, as intervention with differentiated groupings, in a pull-out program, or in a before- or after-school program.
  • English Language Learner Best Practices audio clips.
  • Digital versions of all minilessons for use with whiteboard technology.
Look Inside

Sample Pages

The contents of these samplers will allow you to teach one complete lesson from each grade level.

National Editions

Level C (Grade 3), Lesson 20—Illustrations/Photos

Level D (Grade 4), Lesson 35—Predictions

Level E (Grade 5), Lesson 23—Cause and Effect

Level F (Grade 6), Lesson 17—Headings and Subheadings

Level G (Grade 7), Lesson 23—Reading Critically

Level H (Grade 8), Lesson 60—Evaluating

Texas Editions

Level C (Grade 3), Lesson 20—Illustrations/Photos

Level D (Grade 4), Lesson 35—Predictions

Level E (Grade 5), Lesson 23—Cause and Effect

Level F (Grade 6), Lesson 17—Headings and Subheadings

Level G (Grade 7), Lesson 23—Reading Critically

Level H (Grade 8), Lesson 60—Evaluating

Research/Correlations
Customer Reviews

"The application of skills in Reading Express is open-ended enough to allow for individuality among students. Some other programs currently on the market are very limiting in that they apply a straitjacket, as it were, to stylistic uniqueness. They bring each child, lock step, through instruction. Kids don’t all learn that way and the design of Reading Express seems to take that into account. It gives young students more room to demonstrate learning in a far less restrictive environment.”

Teacher, Rockland, Massachusetts

"...There is a simplicity and ease about the setup that allows the curriculum to be very useful. The step-by-step guidance…along with the accompanying assignments and discussion suggestions add up to a very useful and time-saving tool."

Seventh Grade ELA Teacher

"The importance of reading as an avenue to improved reading has been stressed by theorists, researchers and practitioners alike, no matter what their perspectives. There are few ideas more widely accepted than that reading is learned through reading."

National Reading Panel, 2000

"The special education students who were targeted to use the Reading Express material had not ever passed the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAKS). Of the 25 special education students who used Reading Express in 8th grade, only 1 student did not pass the test. This student was only 4 questions away from passing."

Instructional Lead Teacher

Edinburg, Texas

"Reading Express has become one of the most useful resources that our school has provided. It has enabled us as teachers to hone in on skills that our students struggle with… With these tools our teaching skills grow as well as improve. If our skills improve then our students' skills improve. Therefore, Reading Express has become somewhat of a savior for our students."

Sixth Grade ELA Teacher

Edinburg, Texas

"The skills covered are comprehensive and at a good instructional level for Level 1 and 2 students. Given the scope of a full year, I am certain it would be a valuable tool in our classrooms for continued improvement and ongoing skill development."

Sixth Grade Reading Teacher

Wellington Landings Middle School

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