9780075692409: Open Court Reading - Little

Open Court Reading 2002 is a complete elementary basal reading program for Grades K-6. It maintains strong instruction in the areas of decoding (learning how to read), comprehension (understanding what you read), inquiry and investigation (learning how to apply what you have read), and writing (how to communicate with others in print). There are also applications for teaching spelling, vocabulary, grammar, usage, and mechanics, penmanship, and listening, speaking, and viewing.

In Open Court Reading, all students are given equal opportunities to master these standards and perform well on state assessments. Open Court Reading utilizes instructional materials that are designed to foster universal access, or access for all students. The basic philosophy of the program is based on the same research that has stood for Open Court programs for nearly 40 years. The “Open Court Philosophy” is recognized and respected by educators, researchers, and State Boards of Education.

We guarantee a high level of satisfaction because of the instructional plan provided by Open Court Reading. Starting at Kindergarten, teachers using Open Court Reading model a repertoire of strategies so students can learn how to apply these independently. We provide multiple opportunities throughout every lesson to model the process that good readers use. The students then practice and apply all strategies that are modeled. We provide the right amount of practice so that all children can master these strategies. Furthermore, we have the results that prove our instruction works.

Open Court Reading is designed such that no assumptions are made about students’ prior knowledge, each skill is systematically and explicitly taught in a logical progression, to enable understanding and mastery. Part 1 of each unit, Preparing to Read, focuses on the foundations, including: phonemic awareness, sounds and letters, phonics, fluency, and word knowledge. Reading and Responding makes up Part 2, which emphasizes reading for understanding with: literature, comprehension, inquiry and investigation, and practical reading applications. Part 3, Language Arts, focuses on communication skills such as: spelling, vocabulary; writing process strategies; writer’s craft; and English language conventions such as: grammar, speaking, and mechanics; listening, speaking, and viewing; penmanship; and basic computer skills.

Each strand of Open Court Reading represents a piece in the intricate puzzle we call learning. When you present your students with this well-constructed plan, they are able to grasp complex concepts easier. The scaffolding of strategies and skills found in Open Court Reading makes this possible. The instruction found in the different parts of a lesson connects to each other and to real world applications. Students, therefore, find it much easier to reach the ultimate goal of reading instruction--independent learning.


  • Pretest for placement at the beginning of the year to determine the appropriate level of each individual student
  • A well-defined plan of systematic, explicit instruction for teaching the strategies and skills of reading
  • Creates a literature-rich environment that instills a passion for lifelong reading and a love of literature and the written word
  • Each author brings expertise in a specific area of educational research to the program
  • Each lesson has been organized in the most logical and efficient way possible for teaching children to read
  • Exposes students to a variety of different writing styles and genres
  • Teaches students to decode then comprehend so that they can read a variety of literature types
  • Students are encouraged to ask questions, discuss, research, write about, and think about the concepts and ideas centered around the themes they read
  • Balance of instruction and practice activities sufficient to build strong word reading skills as well as the ability to construct meaning from text
  • Provides materials for meeting special needs of all children in the classroom, including above grade level, below grade level, and English Language Development
  • Use smallest units of words (morphemes) to enhance decoding skills and learn patterns in the language (morphology)

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