Reading ​ Mastery

A Focus on Mastery Means Everyone Learns

Does your child struggle with writing good quality texts at school? Do they constantly make grammatical errors? Do you wish that your child could read more fluently and with better expression? Does your child struggle with answering comprehension questions? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of those questions then Reading Mastery will definitely assist your child.

If you have answered ‘no’ to the questions above, this program is still for your child! If your child loves reading and excels at creative writing then Reading Mastery can take your child to the next level. They will enjoy reading rich literature, learn new vocabulary, be challenged with comprehension questions at varying levels and perfect the art of reading aloud.

What is Reading Mastery?

Reading Mastery is a complete reading program which lays all the necessary foundations of Reading. It uses the Direct Instruction method to help students master essential decoding and comprehension skills.

The program places particular emphasis on teaching thinking skills and helping students acquire background knowledge. Program materials include fully scripted lessons to guide teachers through carefully constructed instructional steps – modelling new content, providing guided practice, offering individualized practice and applying skills.

It also utilizes a special spelling system designed to assist students identify letter sounds. Signals and group responses are used to keep students involved, help them stay on task and help with lesson pacing. Teachers assess student performance throughout the program, and struggling students receive practice through remedial exercises. A typical 75-minute lesson includes seven to nine short activities encompassing multiple strands of content including: Phonemic Awareness, Letter-Sound Correspondence, Sounding Out of Words, Word Recognition, Vocabulary, Oral Reading Fluency & Comprehension.

Through this program, students learn new vocabulary and their meanings which assists them to build their own vocabulary. They also are guided by the teacher in reading a various array of enriching texts. Throughout the guided reading process, students learn how to read with fluency, pace, intonation and expression.

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Throughout the reading of the text, the teacher will stop the students to ask them oral questions. They then practise an individual reading with their partner. This is followed by comprehension questions where students must refer back to the text. The 3 types of questioning levels are used: literal (finding the answer directly in the text), inferential (using their own knowledge combined with the text) and applied (relating it to real life).

There are also comprehension skills intertwined within the passages such as cause and effect, figurative language, fact and opinion etc.

This is all concluded with a writing task where students use all of the vocabulary, grammar and knowledge of the stories being read to create a text of their own.

Every Reading Mastery lesson is also introduced with a spelling component (similar to Spelling Mastery).


In a 75-minute lesson of Reading Mastery your child has practised Spelling, Reading, Writing, Grammar, Comprehension, Handwriting, Speaking and Listening. This fun quick-paced program is loved by all students and it develops not only a love of reading but of focus and hard work in the classroom which will translate back into their academic life.

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