lanaayz asks:

Read Naturally - ME Sequenced Level 3-6 - "terrifying creatures" stories

In Nov2010 my child reading program  switched to Read Naturally. Since then, monthly compr.probes - sporadic 40, 100, 60, 60, 20, 80%. I requested a review, which really disturbed me.
For 6 month my 11 y.o. was listening, reading and re-reading stories, and highlighting key ideas, about the terrifying animals, violently killing each other, or people killing animals, mastering the vocabulary and answering ??.

I found these stories in Read Naturally Master Edition (ME) Sequenced Level 3.
Described as: "high-interest nonfiction stories ". Levels 3-6 almost do not have anything else to chose from.(see link)
Read Naturally is … designed for use with students with disabilities, (including learning disabilities, mental retardation, and behavioral disabilities).

I can not believe, these terrifying and violent stories were actually approved for learning, mentally and behaviorally disabled children. I can see how repeated listening and reading of them can trigger aggressive and violent behavior in the unstable or emotional student, as lots of Sp. Ed. kids are.
How come the stories were not updated for 20 years? What was OK in 1990 - unacceptable today, more then enough packed with violence from terrorist attacks, natural disasters and school & street shootings. Please let me know what you think.
Thank you.
In Topics: Helping my child with reading, Learning issues and special needs
> 60 days ago


Answers (1)

KarenMinnes... writes:
As Curriculum Director at Read Naturally, I was interested in your question, as I have not encountered this criticism in my years of communicating with teachers about Read Naturally fluency programs. Your links are no longer working -- I am not sure when your post was made. Read Naturally materials have been updated over the years, in fact a major revision was made in 2012 with the Encore edition. Some sample stories are listed on the link below. I would think that you would be pleased to see that the stories have been updated and that our topics are very interesting to all ages of learners. These same stories will be available in our browser edition, Read Naturally Live due out August 2012.

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