LANGUAGE! Live Adoption Review

Welcome to Florida’s LANGUAGE! Live® adoption review portal. Thank you for considering LANGUAGE! Live for your M/J Intensive Reading Courses 1, 2, and 3 (grades 6–8). This review portal will guide you through the LANGUAGE! Live experience for students and teachers in four steps:

Step 1: Learn About LANGUAGE! Live

LANGUAGE! Live is a comprehensive literacy intervention for struggling readers that uses authentic text to engage students and accelerate their learning. Whether you have been sent a set of materials to review or you are reviewing all materials digitally, we would like you to start your review by learning more about the design and purpose of LANGUAGE! Live.

In this section, we will walk you through:

Developed by one of the nation’s leading research experts in the science of reading, Dr. Louisa Moats drew upon her work as a teacher, trainer, researcher, professor and author to create LANGUAGE! Live.

The science of reading is best illustrated by Scarborough’s Reading Rope, because it shows the complexity of reading instruction across two main skill sets and eight strands.

LANGUAGE! Live embodies Scarborough’s Reading Rope with two unique instructional experiences that blend online and teacher-led instruction to cover all strands of literacy.

Scarborough’s Reading Rope

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Word Training: individualized, online instruction that focuses on the word recognition strands of the Reading Rope. This helps students master foundational reading intervention standards.

Text Training: small-group, teacher-led instruction that focuses on the language comprehension strands of the Reading Rope. This bridges the gap to grade-level standards.

From its conception, LANGUAGE! Live was designed to work effectively in any learning environment—in person or using an online video platform where teachers and students can see each other.

Problem: “After years of struggling, my intensive reading students feel defeated and disconnected. How can I gain their trust and engage them when my materials are either too difficult or too childish?”

Solution: LANGUAGE! Live was built intentionally for your struggling secondary students with content that is:

  • Relevant. It meets a range of student types and proficiency levels.
  • Relatable. It provides content that is engaging and age appropriate.
  • Respectful. It understands the sensitivities of struggling secondary readers.

All instruction is designed to be engaging and respectful starting with the very first video students encounter.

 

Inside one of the four books and hundreds of hours of online content, there is a place for all of your students to get the instruction they need to change their lives. Click the images below to learn more about a typical student in each level.

Problem: “All my students have gaps in foundational skills, but they don’t have the same gaps. Since I’m the only teacher in class, how can I give my students the 1:1 instruction that meets their individual needs?”

Solution: Word Training—just like the Reading Rope’s word recognition strands—focuses on the foundational skills of reading with online, individualized instruction.

Nothing can replace the power of a great teacher, but when used purposefully, technology can open a new world of possibilities to empower teachers and engage students.

 
 

Students with severe gaps might begin instruction focused on learning sounds.
(Phonological Awareness - ELA.612.F.2.1)

 

Students with fewer gaps will focus on more sophisticated word recognition skills.
(Greek/Latin Roots – ELA.6.V.1.2)

 

Humorous skits from the LANGUAGE! Live Teen Team reinforce instructional videos.
(Greek/Latin Roots – ELA.6.V.1.2)

 

Students record sounds, words, and fluency passages for teacher review.
(Fluency - ELA.612.F.2.4)

Problem: “No matter what instructional level my students are at in the fall, they’re tested on grade level in April. How can I start building the critical thinking and comprehension skills that students need to master the standards and become proficient readers?”

Solution: Text Training—just like the Reading Rope’s language comprehension strands—focuses on the advanced skills of reading. Teachers provide students with the explicit, scaffolded instruction they need in the small-group, supportive setting that fosters real growth.

With challenging, age-appropriate texts and lessons, students begin to develop the confidence and instructional momentum to close the reading gap for good.

 
 

Each unit opens with a video to build background knowledge and establish themes.

Themes, skills, and vocabulary are pretaught before each reading passage.

 

Students study academic vocabulary and learn advanced comprehension skills.

In Close Read lessons, students highlight and annotate key information from the text.

Problem: “At the end of each lesson, I can divide my students into three groups: need more instruction, need more practice, and need to move on. How can I differentiate without the instructional resources to meet each additional need?”

Solution: LANGUAGE! Live includes a vast library of online and print resources that extend learning with purpose and precision. With differentiation days built into the calendar and a variety of engaging options, teachers have the time and resources to differentiate instruction for all students.

When teachers can give each student what they need when they need it, every instructional moment is meaningful.

 
 

Assessments enable teachers to monitor progress and differentiate instruction.

 

ReadingScape provides 24/7 access to an online library of literary and informational texts.

 

Students can play games that provide intensive practice with sight words.

 

ELLs and students with language delays have access to a full sound library.

Step 2: Review LANGUAGE! Live for Adoption

Now that you have learned about LANGUAGE! Live, you are ready to take a deep dive into four exemplar units. These units demonstrate the blend of teacher-led and online instruction across all four stages in the LANGUAGE! Live curriculum. Each example highlights the student profile, Text Training, and Word Training in that unit.

Revisit LANGUAGE! Live student profiles to get a better understanding of the common instructional needs/deficiencies of students in this particular unit.

 

Watch a unit opener video that introduces the theme of the unit and supplies the background knowledge that intensive reading students need.

Find the correct Teacher Edition from your materials or click on the link to download a digital copy. The page numbers will direct you to an exemplar unit highlighting key components from the Text Training teacher-led instruction.

 

Watch a compilation of the instructional videos and activities that students will encounter in the Word Training online instruction as well as the online differentiation tools/resources that enhance and reinforce all instruction.

Revisit LANGUAGE! Live student profiles to get a better understanding of the common instructional needs/deficiencies of students in this particular unit.

 

Watch a unit opener video that introduces the theme of the unit and supplies the background knowledge that intensive reading students need.

Find the correct Teacher Edition from your materials or click on the link to download a digital copy. The page numbers will direct you to an exemplar unit highlighting key components from the Text Training teacher-led instruction.

 

Watch a compilation of the instructional videos and activities that students will encounter in the Word Training online instruction as well as the online differentiation tools/resources that enhance and reinforce all instruction.

Revisit LANGUAGE! Live student profiles to get a better understanding of the common instructional needs/deficiencies of students in this particular unit.

 

Watch a unit opener video that introduces the theme of the unit and supplies the background knowledge that intensive reading students need.

Find the correct Teacher Edition from your materials or click on the link to download a digital copy. The page numbers will direct you to an exemplar unit highlighting key components from the Text Training teacher-led instruction.

 

Watch a compilation of the instructional videos and activities that students will encounter in the Word Training online instruction as well as the online differentiation tools/resources that enhance and reinforce all instruction.

Revisit LANGUAGE! Live student profiles to get a better understanding of the common instructional needs/deficiencies of students in this particular unit.

 

Watch a unit opener video that introduces the theme of the unit and supplies the background knowledge that intensive reading students need.

Find the correct Teacher Edition from your materials or click on the link to download a digital copy. The page numbers will direct you to an exemplar unit highlighting key components from the Text Training teacher-led instruction.

 

Watch a compilation of the instructional videos and activities that students will encounter in the Word Training online instruction as well as the online differentiation tools/resources that enhance and reinforce all instruction.

Step 3: Explore the B.E.S.T Standards Alignment

Essential Needs Florida's Road Map
No. 1

You need to provide the time to get results.

Struggling secondary readers have the intensive reading course where teachers “may need to go to the benchmark of an earlier grade as a scaffold where a student has not yet reached mastery.”*

No. 2

You need to target the root of the problem.

The new 6-12 Foundational Reading Standards provide clear benchmarks for the targeted skill instruction needed to close the grade-level gap.

No. 3

You need to implement a comprehensive, skills-based intervention.

Districts have the freedom to adopt LANGUAGE! Live as their 6–8 grade-intensive reading intervention.

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*CPALMS: M/J Intensive Reading 1 (#1000010) cpalms.org/Public/PreviewCourse/Preview/17748?isShowCurrent=false

As your district transitions to the B.E.S.T. standards, your students will still need a core ELA program that teaches grade-level standards. Your struggling students, however, will need more than the core, but not more of the same. LANGUAGE! Live will drive students to master the 6–12 Foundational Reading Intervention Standards while filling in gaps along the vertical progression of grade-level standards. Together, they will ensure every student has the opportunity and support to become a proficient and productive reader.

To review how LANGUAGE! Live aligns to the course standards for M/J Intensive Reading 1, 2, and 3 (Grades 6–8), you have two options:

  1. If you have been sent a set of materials, there are spiral bound standards-alignment booklets that accompany each of the LANGUAGE! Live books.
  2. If you are reviewing digitally, click on any book to download a complete “reviewal draft” version of that Teacher Edition. Each digital Teacher Edition begins with a standards alignment with hyperlinks to pages where standards are covered.

Step 4: Access the Teacher and Student Platforms

Online Teacher and Student Access

We have guided you through the science of reading and LANGUAGE! Live. Now, it’s time to explore the online LANGUAGE! Live experience.

Download and print the online navigation guide to help you explore the teacher and student platforms. The username and password needed are included in this guide.

David Traviesa

David Traviesa
Sales Executive—Florida
David.Traviesa@voyagersopris.com
C: 813.326.2686

Laura Woolf

Laura Woolf
Sales Executive—Florida Panhandle
Laura.Woolf@voyagersopris.com
C: 205.394.1872

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