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Common Core standards

Five components of reading

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Struggling Readers

Imagine Learning is an engaging language and literacy software program that gets struggling readers up to speed. Through explicit instruction in reading skills and strategies, students learn to read at grade level and develop college and career readiness skills.

How Imagine Learning Helps

  • Instructs students in the five essential components of reading
  • Provides engaging content through videos, graphics and games
  • Offers differentiated instruction, followed by instructive feedback
  • Features adaptive, tailored curriculum

Case Study

Seleny was a struggling reader until Imagine Learning helped her advance


Since beginning Imagine Learning in 2009, Seleny’s state reading assessment score has increased by


Five key components of reading

Five Key Components of Reading

Reading comprehension strategies that actually make sense.

The National Reading Panel recommends explicit, systematic instruction in five key areas: phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Imagine Learning provides direct instruction in all of these areas, with an emphasis in comprehension and vocabulary. Struggling readers are taught comprehension strategies and shown how to answer literal, inferential, main idea, compare and contrast, and other types of questions. If they answer incorrectly, they are directed to information in the text that helps them find the correct answer. This instructive feedback teaches struggling students that self-discovery is an important aspect of comprehension.

  • Reading Comprehension
    • It all starts with
    • paired text
    • front-loaded vocabulary
    • during reading questions
  • Sample activity
  • Sample activity
Common core standards

Common Core Standards

Our higher curriculum standard always makes the grade.

All students are expected to meet grade-level standards. But these standards can be difficult to assess accurately when students struggle to read grade-level text. Imagine Learning steps in and provides access to hundreds of activities created to address Common Core standards, specifically focusing on grammar, spelling, phonological awareness, text features, and literary and informational text. For example, students are taught how to use text features such as glossaries and section headings to comprehend informational text. Additionally, students learn how to compare and contrast informational and literary passages. Imagine Learning supports grade-level access by providing books and passages at varying levels (proficient, basic, and below basic). This allows students to access grade-level content written in a way they can understand and prepares them to meet Common Core standards.

  • Built for the common core
    • grammar
    • spelling
    • phonological awareness
    • information and literary texts
  • Sample activity
Informational Texts

Informational Texts

Increased know-how. So students can read now.

Struggling students need to be exposed to a broad range of text types—particularly informational texts—to improve their reading ability. Imagine Learning helps struggling readers learn how to process informational texts by teaching them to use text features, such as tables of contents and indexes, to find the information they need. Leveled books in the program engage even the most reluctant readers, covering such cross-curricular topics as gravity, the scientific method, Ben Franklin’s life, and many other fun educational topics. To support comprehension, informational text passages include many support features, such as front-loaded vocabulary and clickable glossary words.

  • Informational Text Features
    • A broad range of text types
    • tables of contents
    • indexes
    • leveled books
  • Sample activity
High-Quality Literature

High-Quality Literature

Better content gives every story a happy ending.

To get struggling readers on the same page as proficient readers, it’s crucial to expose them to high-quality literature that engages their imagination and sparks their interest in reading. Literature found in Imagine Learning is of the highest quality and includes a variety of genres such as poetry, memoirs, and tall tales. The literature is made accessible with glossaries and illustrations. The program also supports students’ comprehension of literary selections through a series of questions before, during, and after reading. In addition to appreciating good literature, students are taught how to analyze literature as they create story maps and compare and contrast various literary texts.

  • E-text supports
    • navigation items
    • clickable glossary words
    • translations
  • Sample activity
Academic Language

Academic Language

Academic success is a big part of our vocabulary.

When students feel like classroom discussions and instructions are full of gobbledygook, they need to focus on learning academic vocabulary. Imagine Learning incorporates activities that explicitly teach valuable, cross-curricular academic words (e.g., interpret and conclusion) as well as words that are specific to particular disciplines (e.g., economy and equator). By mastering vocabulary common to social studies, science, and math, students can understand and actively participate in discussions throughout the day—not just in language arts. And that spells success.

  • 3,400+ vocabulary words
    • advanced academic vocabulary
    • rhyme words
    • high-frequency words
  • Sample activity
  • Sample activity

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