What is Taught? Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension

eSolution combines fluency practice with vocabulary and comprehension strategies to create powerful instruction in the foundational skills essential for successful reading development.


eSolution Begins with Repeated-Reading Fluency Practice and Peer-Assisted Learning

The National Reading Panel found that repeated reading is one of the most powerful ways to build reading fluency. eSolution utilizesThe Six-Minute Solution paired reading strategy to build fluency, including repeated readings of the same passages and oral feedback from peers.

Students who read fluently read more independently and are better able to complete assignments across all content areas.

The eSolution Fluency Instructional Format—Takes only SIX MINUTES!




  • Teacher announces it is time for fluency practice; students retrieve fluency folder
  • Partners record date on their respective record sheets
  • Students identify Partner 1 and Partner 2


  • Teacher sets timer and says, "Begin"
  • Partner 1 reads, and Partner 2 marks errors and stopping point


  • Partner 2 tells Partner 1 how many words he/she read and how many errors were made, and does error correction procedure
  • Partner 1 records the numbers on his/her record sheet


  • Teacher again sets timer and says, "Begin"
  • Partner 2 reads the same passage to Partner 1
  • Partner 1 records errors and stopping point


  • Partner 1 tells Partner 2 how many words he/she read and does error correction procedure
  • Partner 2 records the number on his/her record sheet


  • Students return to their passages, record sheets, and materials
After using The Six-Minute Solution fluency timings for years, I’ve found eSolution to be a wonderful addition to my language arts program. Every year I feel confident with my students’ reading fluency as they head toward fourth grade, and now I am excited to see the increase in their comprehension skills.

Steffanie Schofield
Teacher, Del Sur Elementary
Poway Unified School District
San Diego, California

eSolution Implementation is Flexible

eSolution implementation is flexible: fluency instruction takes six minutes a day, four days a week


Developing the Vocabulary Necessary to Understand Increasingly Complex Text Across Content Areas

eSolution applies two important instructional approaches to teach vocabulary:

  1. Direct instruction in the meanings of content-related words—specifically in science, history, and social studies—that helps students learn sets of academic words. 

    Examples of these types of vocabulary words are: mammalsmarine, hind, and interior

  2. Instruction in the strategies that help students generalize new skills to other texts. 

    Examples of these types of vocabulary strategies are: using word meanings (semantics), rules of language (syntax), context clues, and prefixes, suffixes, base words, and root words (morphemes) to determine word meaning

eSolution Vocabulary Curriculum

If students learn just the four most common prefixes in English (un-, re-, in-, dis-), they will have important clues about two-thirds of all English words with prefixes.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Put Reading First (2000)


Teaching Reading Comprehension
eSolution utilizes a variety of proven strategies to demonstrate understanding of text.

More than one of these comprehension strategies may be employed to answer any type of passage question, giving students multiple ways to determine the meaning of text.

Proven Strategies

Author's Purpose Author's ViewpointCause and Effect Compare and Contrast
DetailsDrawing ConclusionsFact/OpinionMaking Generalizations
Identifying GenresInformational ResourcesMain Idea of ParagraphMain Topic of Paragraph
Making JudgementsPersonal ResponseSequence of EventsText Organization: Compare/Contrast
Text Organization: Sequence of EventsText Organization: Problem and SolutionTitle SelectionTrue/False

The eSolution comprehension instructional approach benefits students and teachers.

eSolution comprehension curriculum

I love the variety of questions used to assess their learning. The questions are helping to prepare them for other types of standardized testing. The students look forward to showing their knowledge through eSolution and are very motivated by the language games they earn for their hard work. I can't wait to see the final results at the end of the year!

Steffanie Schofield
Teacher, Del Sur Elementary
Poway Unified School District
San Diego, California