How Scholastic News Aligns with the Science of Reading

How Scholastic News Aligns with the Science of Reading

The science of reading is a body of research that explains how proficient readers learn to read. Studies show that to read proficiently, you must combine language comprehension (like background knowledge and vocabulary skills) with strong word recognition (like decoding and phonological awareness).

The science of reading is often illustrated with Scarborough’s Reading Rope.*

As a third-grade teacher, you’re working hard to build on the phonics and decoding skills your students learned in the primary grades. By using Scholastic News in your class, you can complement that work by boosting background knowledge, growing big vocabularies, and more. Scholastic News is a perfect way to round out your research-based reading instruction.

With Scholastic News, you can:

Build Background Knowledge

  • Read and discuss high-interest articles about social studies, science, and current events in 20 eight-page issues.
  • Watch engaging nonfiction videos that provide additional facts about the topics covered.
  • Dig deeper into nonfiction topics with online text sets (multiple articles on one topic).
  • Encourage students to apply the knowledge they’ve learned with Skill Builders and other activities.

 Grow Big Vocabularies

  • Build important academic vocabulary (e.g., substance, impact) and content area vocabulary (e.g., habitat, adaptation) with our featured texts.
  • Preview important words to know before reading with vocabulary slideshows, featuring photos, kid-friendly definitions, and read-aloud functionality.
  • Use tips in lesson plans to spotlight morphemes and explore roots, affixes, compound words, and more.
  • Connect the written and spoken word by using our Text-to-Speech tool.
  • Reinforce vocabulary with Skill Builders and close-reading questions.

Teach Language Structures and More

  • Spotlight nonfiction text structures and text features using engaging on-level texts.
  • Use Scholastic News articles to model proper sentence structure and grammar, then have students practice those skills on writing-focused Skill Builders.
  • Help students make inferences from articles and practice other verbal reasoning skills.

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* The Reading Rope. Adapted from Scarborough, H. S. (2001). Connecting early language and literacy to later reading (dis)abilities: Evidence, theory, and practice. In S. B. Neuman & D. K. Dickinson (Eds.), Handbook of Early Literacy Research. (pp. 97–110). New York, NY: Guilford.