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Lightsail Partners With Antares Reading to Build Student Literacy

Posted Sep 7, 2016
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To fulfill a global need for more high-quality digital non-fiction content for early readers, LightSail Education has announced it has partnered with Antares Reading to provide access to 850 original titles of digital books, in English and Spanish, for K-6 students.

LightSail engaged Antares to write and illustrate these digital books on topics that teachers say students want to know more about. Books with titles like “Lifecycle of a Frog” and “My Grandparents” cover issues as diverse as ecosystems, biological processes, American history, ancient cultures and more. The books reflect contemporary society, depicting a spectrum of races, ages and family structures.

The new content is available in LightSail’s adaptive digital literacy platform and includes its in-text, real-time assessment. Created in collaboration with school districts, lively text combines with quality, inclusive illustrations to engage students and extend learning opportunities. The available titles are appropriate for young readers’ abilities with Lexile levels ranging from 200-450.

Antares Reading’s selection is designed to help students exceed literacy goals and overcome the comprehension plateau often encountered among beginning readers. Antares Reading texts are written across multiple Lexile bands for continuous scaffolded growth with informational content to allow students to make connections between their everyday world and increasingly complex concepts. With Antares Reading, teachers have the curated resources they need, freeing them to dedicate more time to reading comprehension.

LightSail will have more than 850 original new titles available at year’s end and is on pace to release 1,000 new digital books in English and Spanish annually.

Source: LightSail,

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