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Leading the Way to Literacy Success for All Your K–5 Students

A research-based comprehensive K–5 reading, writing, and language arts program, Open Court Reading aligns with what we know about how students learn to read. Using systematic, explicit instruction, this program helps all students master the foundational skills needed not only to move to proficiency, but also to achieve greater goals of reading independently with confidence inside and outside the classroom.

Strategic Readers, Strategic Thinkers

As an educator, you want your students to be not only great readers but also great thinkers. The goal of Open Court Reading is for all students to be confident readers by grade 3, as well as strategic readers and thinkers. In Open Court Reading:

  • Inquiry forms the heart of the program, beginning in kindergarten as students apply what they have learned in the unit to find out more about a topic that interests them.
  • Reading strategies align with the inquiry process in each unit as students use the content as the basis for research.
  • A focus on skill-building gives students the tools they need to be successful at any inquiry task.
  • Unit Inquiry activities require students to research and explore using a variety of media to build deep knowledge about a topic of their choosing.



Research-Fueled Results

Every aspect of Open Court Reading is driven by independent research—reinforcing student learning through systematic, explicit instruction. Teacher-informed, research-validated teaching and learning strategies create undeniable results for every learner that are:

  • Demonstrated nationwide among diverse student populations
  • Validated by standardized test results
  • Field-tested to underscore effectiveness

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Social Emotional Learning in Open Court Reading

You recognize that the students in your classroom are individuals with different life experiences and academic capital that shape their achievements and attitudes toward learning. Every student deserves the very best instruction and research has shown that social and emotional learning is critical to their success. McGraw-Hill has instituted five guiding principles to help students master the core social and emotional competencies that are reflected throughout Open Court Reading.

1. Create
Consciously create a nurturing, caring, and safe environment for students.

2. Integrate
Whenever possible, incorporate SEL skill-building into academic instruction.

3. Communicate
Make sure to communicate early and often about SEL with all stakeholders.

4. Instruct
Provide explicit guidance and instruction in SEL skills.

5. Empower
Encourage students by empowering them to take charge of their own social and emotional learning.

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Open Court in Action

Monday Mornings with Marisa

Grab your morning coffee and join Marisa as you learn the tips, tools, and strategies behind Open Court Reading. Marisa’s expertise and passion shine through in her thirteen-part video series, focused on grades K through three, "Monday Mornings with Marisa."


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Carol's Classroom

Join Carol in her classroom for a six-part video series as she demonstrates engaging Open Court Reading lessons focused on grades four and five. Discover new ideas, sample lessons, and strategies that will improve literacy skills.


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Experience Open Court Reading

Explore how Open Court Reading can deliver literacy success to your classroom with a free 30-day digital trial.

See Everything Come Together in a Live Demo

Open Court Reading provides all the tools you need to create a foundation for literacy success. See for yourself how the various components of Open Court Reading work together to effectively improve reading, writing, and language arts skills development in your classroom. Request a demo today.


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