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Project Read
Publication Date: 1973
Grade Level: K–12
Content Focus: Literacy/Language Arts
Costs: $250 - $1,084
The costs shown were accurate at the time of the review. Please check the publisher's web site for current prices.
Developer Contact Information
Language Circle Enterprises, Inc.
PO Box 20631
Bloomington, MN, 55420
(800) 450-0343
www.projectread.com

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Design Summary

Project Read honors diverse student learning profiles by providing curricula with lessons build on direct concept teacher, multi-sensory processing, systematic instruction, and higher level thinking skills. Project Read is a school-based program that can be easily adapted for after school.  It is a language arts program that involves immediate integration of expressive language, spoken language, and text.  Struggling readers and writers are given time to practice their skills at their own pace.  There are opportunities for extending activities, guided practice, and integrating knowledge before students work independently.

The guiding philosophy of Project Read is encouraging student success and excitement about their achievements. The curriculum allows students multiple points of entry into learning through body language and kinesthetic learning, classifying and recording thinking, and independent creative language expression.

Project Read is grouped into several levels by grade, each including special education components: early education (Pre-K and kindergarten), primary (grades 1-3), intermediate (grades 4-6), secondary (grade 7 through adult).  There are several components to both the reading comprehension and writing parts of the program, including Story Boards, paragraph writing, sentence structure, etc. The curriculum guides are accompanied by a DVD that can be used in the classroom or as a staff development tool.

Costs and Staff Training

Costs vary for the different classroom instructional kits: Early Education is $454, Primary is $1,084, Linguistics is $595. Reading Comprehension Report Form Kit is $250, the Story Form Literature Connection ranges from $155 – 205.  There are discounts available for bulk orders of student practice books.

Training is required for those without a background in literacy and reading instruction. There are several training options, including on-site and DVD-based training. Costs for trainings vary.

Staff Qualifications

No teaching experience is required to successfully implement Project Read. The developers note that others, including home-school teachers, parents, and private tutors, have delivered the curriculum effectively. Practitioner and content expert reviews agree with this, although the content expert review suggests that a basic awareness of phonics and literacy would be useful.

Standards Alignment

  • National: None specified.
  • State: Aligned with CA, LA, MS, and KY standards.

Research Base

1976, Enfield, Mary Lee: An Alternate Classroom Approach to Meeting Special Learning Needs of Children with Reading Problems

Evaluation Details

Several large-scale and independent evaluations have been conducted, with positive results.  Data from these evaluations can be found at the developer’s website: www.projectread.com.  Find out more about Project Read in Florida Center for Reading Research’s report: http://www.fcrr.org/FCRRReports/PDF/ProjectReadFINAL.pdf

Overall Strengths/Overall Challenges

Strengths
  • Deliberate effort to directly address visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile learning in each lesson.
  • Program can impact students’ grades and attendance.
  • Builds self-esteem and enthusiasm for reading.
  • Students transfer reading skills and confidence with reading to other classes.
  • Curriculum is self-explanatory and direct. Easy to order all needed materials.
  • A solid phonics and reading curriculum, well-structured and organized.
Challenges
  • Covers a great deal of material using similar approaches, techniques and activities.
  • Content is less appropriate for older students who are reading at lower levels.


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