The Research Behind the Reading

Open Court Reading is effective not only because it reinforces student learning through systematic, explicit instruction―but also because it’s backed by time-tested research. Our teacher-informed, research-based strategies translate into undeniable results for every learner.

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Where Learning Science Meets Learning to Read

Open Court Reading was built on research as to how students learn best. As part of the McGraw-Hill family of products, the science of learning continues to drive the evolution of Open Court to meet the needs of today’s students and teachers. This eBook has been developed to share some of the current research with you and demonstrate how the science of learning connects with learning to read with Open Court.

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Foundational Skills: Five Ways to Build the Cornerstone of Proficient Reading

This paper, presented by author Marsha Roit, presents the best practices for teaching primary grade students the foundational skills needed for language and literacy development.

Vocabulary: Why and How?

A white paper that addresses questions regarding vocabulary and how word meanings are taught vs. those left to experience without instructional attention.

Effective Teaching Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension in K-3 Students

A practical guide that focuses on strategies for skillful comprehension and effective comprehension instruction.

Building Effective Writing Skills

Steve Graham and Karen R. Harris discuss how to transition students from using a knowledge-based approach to writing to becoming thoughtful writers using four concepts: Create, Support, Teach, and Connect.

Research in Action Brochure

Learn more about the research that supports each component of Open Court Reading with specific and documented research.

Four Basic Ingredients for Teaching Writing

This recorded webinar examines evidence-based practices for teaching writing to young students.

The History of Open Court Reading

Research-Fueled Growth

Research-Fueled Growth

Initial research in early reading reveals that explicit phonics instruction is crucial for proficiency among emerging readers. This critical information moved Open Court Reading authors to make phonics a cornerstone of the program with Sound/Spelling Cards (first developed by Open Court Reading and an industry breakthrough), explicit instruction, and scaffolded instruction.

Ongoing Research for Additional Support

Ongoing Research for Additional Support

Additionally, Open Court Reading authors developed Decodable Books to help students apply and reinforce encoding and decoding skills. Continued research in vocabulary and comprehension introduced the need for advanced reading selections to support vocabulary development and critical comprehension.

An Eye on the Future

An Eye on the Future

Today, Open Court Reading continues to evolve, responding to new technologies, valuable teacher feedback, and relevant research findings. It continues to achieve documented success in schools and districts across the country―aligning with changing classroom demographics to ensure equity across the socioeconomic spectrum and proactive inclusion for students at all levels of learning.

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