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Reading Skills 4 Life


Tech Product/Equipment:
Computer and projector, Mobile devices for students

Activity Description

Reading Skills 4 Today
Source: Reading Skills 4 Today

Previously Marshall Reading,this site provides leveled reading selections that are appropriate for adult learners. These materials, combined with the research-proven strategies of repeated reading and guided oral reading, aid in building learners' fluency and comprehension skills. For First Timmer Users 


  1. Visit the Reading Skills home page and familiarize yourself with the many reading activities available. 
  2. Select a reading level and story. Check out the Resources listed on the left which include Pre Questions pdf, Post Questions pdf, Supplement.doc and Story pdf. The Supplement word document includes a variety of activities including vocabulary/definitions, vocabulary cloze paragraph, fill in the blank, language activity, speaking turn and talk, assessment and writing assignment including sentence frames.
  3. Go through the reading activity yourself. Check for acitivities available down the left side.Print copies as you desire.
  4. Check the Start-Up for For First Timmer Users
  5. Learn to use the Count Down Timer
  6. Check for compatible platforms and browsers.
  7. Placement Chart for CCRs, NRS levels Full list of readability of each story
  8. Example graph and blank copy of graph for students to use to chart reading improvement


There are 7 steps in The Reading Skills for Adults program:

  1. Pre-reading: Students answer questions about the topic of the story and read definitions of words that are used in the story.
  2. First Timed Reading: Students read as much of the story as they can in one minute. Students mark on their graphs how many WCPM (Words Correct Per Minute) were read.
  3. First Reading: Students read out loud while the story is read to them. (Use the Quicktime player provided in the upper right corner.)
  4. Second Reading: Students read out loud while the story is read to them.
  5. Third Reading: Students read out loud while the story is read to them.
  6. Understanding and Writing: Students answer comprehension questions and write a paragraph about some aspect of the story using the.printed handout.
  7. Final Timed Reading: Students read the story to a teacher who is listening for fluency and noting any errors while being timed for one minute. Students mark on their graphs how many WCPM were read.

Teacher Tips

Check the Reource section for startup, directions, audio help, operating system inforation, how to use the various activities, placement charts and a complet list of the stories 

More Ways

  • "Read the Stories Online" section allow students to practice reading fluency and comprehension on their own.
  • Audio recordings of the stories are provided for guided oral reading practice.
  • There are hundreds of stories here on a variety of topics. Explore them for more opportunities for reading practice.

Program Areas

  • ABE: Adult Basic Education
  • ESL: English as a Second Language
  • AwD: Adults with Disabilities


  • Low
  • Intermediate
  • High
  • All Levels
  • Beginning High
  • Intermediate Low
  • Intermediate High
  • Advanced

Lesson Plan

Engagement Enhancement

What are challenges we have when we use the Internet? Discuss as partners. Add your ideas on a Padlet, Google Slide, Jamboard or whiteboard.


One challenge in using the internet, is reading level. According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) 50% of American adults read below an 8th grade reading level yet most of the Internet is written at higher levels. So improving our reading is important. Today we are going to look at a site that will assist reading at every level.

Engagement Enhancement

In partners, students access website, Readingskills4today. Select a level and story as a class.

Demonstrate the directions down the left side including Pre Questions, Post Questions, Supllement, and Story. Notice the Count Down Timer, and the first, second and third reading recorders below. Point out the text and reference lines.

Select the Wakelet-Online Supplement and MORE, Go through each section, Vocabluary Practice using Quizlet, Reading Selection, and Comprehension Check.

With your partner, read one of the selections,as a group, answer the questions.

Engagement Enhancement

In pairs, select a story at students' reading level.

Have them go through the wakelet if the lesson is to be done online or by using the pdf assignments (print before class)


Engagement Enhancement

Students go back and read the story individually three times charting the times of their reading. 

Demonstrate the personal reading chart and how to use it. Students maintain personal reading charts


Engagement Enhancement

In partners, then small groups or whole group and discuss the activity, evaluate each section by personal reading charts, written assessments, comprehension checks. 


Engagement Enhancement Extension

As partners, first discuss the website, evaluate future use. Gather and share thoughts online Padlet, Google Slides, Jamboard or whiteboard.

First as partners, then as a class discuss, How can this site be used in class or families?


  • Learning and Thinking Skills
    • Demonstrate ability to use problem-solving skills
  • Reading
    • Vocabulary


  • Reading Foundational Skills
    • RF.4 - Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension. (Fluency)
  • Reading
    • CCR Anchor 1 - Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
    • CCR Anchor 2 - Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
  • Language
    • CCR Anchor 4 - Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.


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