BrightFish Reading provides research-based, online instruction for below-level readers in grade 2 through high school. Using text deconstruction and mastery-based learning, BrightFish Reading actively engages students to build proficiency in fluency in word recognition and text processing, word-level decoding, vocabulary, reading comprehension and writing skills that align to Alabama standards for English Language Arts.
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In order to comprehend text, readers need sufficient working memory to draw out the meaning from the words they read. In their information-processing model of automaticity, LeBerge and Samuels (1974) explained that mastering reading sub-skills (such as rapid word recognition) to the point of automaticity allows readers to use their cognitive capacity to attend to the meaning of what is being read. Slow, effortful word recognition inhibits reading comprehension because it consumes the working memory needed for understanding the content of the text (Begeney, 2013).
BrightFish Reading breaks down each passage to word level. Students work on visual match and sound match activities, moving from one and two-letter words up to the most difficult words in the passage. For each response, the BrightFish system measures accuracy and speed. Students must demonstrate automatic recognition of each word before moving forward to higher levels of difficulty.
Unique to BrightFish Reading is phrase fluency, where students demonstrate rapid and accurate processing of short phrases from the passage.
When students complete the fluency series of activities, they have mastered every word in the passage they are about to read.
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Alabama elementary standards: grades 2-5
Alabama middle school standards: grades 6-8
Alabama high school standards: grades 9-10