• Common Core State Standards

    System 44 Next Generation was designed to help the most challenged readers master the foundational reading skills required for success with the Common Core, through explicit instruction in phonics, comprehension and writing.

      • Key Points of the
        Common Core State Standards

        How System 44 Supports the Standards

        • Staircase of Increasing Text Complexity

          A "staircase" of increasing complexity establishes what students must be able to read so that all students are ready for college- and career-level reading.

          Text complexity, as defined by the Common Core, has three dimensions.

        • System 44 Accelerates Students Toward
          Independent Reading

        • System 44 is designed to meet students where they are and accelerate them to grade-level text, which is why System 44 offers a range of text that increases in complexity as students move through the program.

          • The NEW 44Book exposes students to increasingly complex texts through multiple readings on similar topics. Each 44Book Module includes two grade-level Stretch Texts, designed to give your most challenged readers access to complex grade-level text.
          • The System 44 Library and text selections in the Decodable Digest are correlated to the Software’s scope and sequence and increase in Lexile® measure as students progress through the program.
          • Success Passages in the Software are designed to increase in complexity as students move through the program. Anchor Videos support students' ability to access increasingly challenging text. The System 44 Library includes a variety of literature, nonfiction, poetry,  graphic classics, and career-oriented titles and exposes students to multiple text formats (eBooks, audiobooks, and paperbacks).
          To make text complexity transparent to teachers, readings have an associated Text Complexity Key in the Teacher 44Book.
        • Importance of Informational Text

          Through a diverse array of classic and contemporary literature as well as challenging informational and primary source texts, students build knowledge, gain insights, explore possibilities, and broaden their perspective.

        • System 44 Gives Students Access to a Range of Nonfiction Text Types

          • The NEW 44Book scaffolds close reading of 80% nonfiction texts, 25% of which are primary sources. These texts engage students in learning and building critical thinking and constructing knowledge while preparing students for success in school and beyond.
          • The 100% nonfiction Software provides opportunities for students to connect with text that is relevant to their content-area classes, including science, social studies, math, and art.
          • The System 44 Library includes 75% nonfiction content.
        • Rigorous Text-Based Questioning

          Students must be able to answer text-dependent questions while using textual evidence in their responses.

        • Whole- and Small-Group Instruction

           Embedded throughout the 44Book are questions that ask students to draw directly from the text and apply progressively more rigorous comprehension skills as well as Higher Order Thinking skills (such as analysis).

          Software Rotation
          Comprehension Questions and the all NEW Cloze passage in the Success Strand assess comprehension of the Software passages.

          Modeled and Independent Reading
          Students are fully accountable for every library title in System 44. Every title includes a Scholastic Reading Counts! (SRC!) quizz to monitor comprehension. In addition, the Teaching Resources for Modeled and Independent Reading provides teachers with comprehension checks for each title that include text-based questions.

        • Using Technology

          Students must employ technology in their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language use.

        • System 44 Leverages Technology in Service of Raising Reading Achievement

          System 44 increases students' opportunities to use technology across all parts of the Instructional Model:

          Small-Group Differentiated Instruction
          The 44Book includes Anchor Media to build background for students, and all instruction is whiteboard-friendly to engage students while enhancing instruction.

            Software Rotation
          System 44 is technology-based, and encourages students to read, write, speak, and listen in response to increasingly complex text. The adaptive software provides highly personalized learning path, as well as a safe environment to practice producing language.

            Independent Reading
          All titles in the System 44 Library are available anywhere/anytime with web-based eBooks. eBooks include interactive supports such as natural voice read-aloud, language and vocabulary support. Each title also includes a Scholastic Reading Counts! (SRC!) quiz to assess comprehension.

        • Increasing Opportunities for Independence

          Students are expected to demonstrate independence while becoming self-directed learners.

        • System 44 Next Generation Gives Students the Tools They Need to Move Toward Independent Reading of Grade-Level Text Over Time

          • The Instructional Model is designed to have students work independently on the Software and read increasingly more complex texts over time.
          • The Student Dashboard makes progression through the program clear and visible for students, propelling them to take ownership of their progress and build motivation to achieve success.
      • Key Points of the
        Common Core State Standards

        How System 44 Supports the Standards

        • Support Argument and Informative Writing with Textual Evidence

          Students are required to make an argument in writing and support it with evidence.

        • System 44 Next Generation Scaffolds Instruction and Practice in Argument Writing

           Whole- and Small-Group Instruction
          The 44Book features daily writing prompts, which ask students to write in response to reading. Each Module includes an argument and informative writing type which ask students to use textual evidence to support their claims.

            Software Rotation
          The new Writing Strand helps students build competency and confidence with writing summaries using evidence from the corresponding Success passages.

          Independent Reading Rotation
          QuickWrite activities in the Library Teaching Resources Guide require students to write responses using evidence from text they’ve read to support their opinion.

        • Research

          Students must have extensive practice in short, focused research tasks.

        • Research Projects Support Students in Developing Proficiency in Conducting Independent Research

           Short, Focused Research Tasks Each Module in the 44Book concludes with a Research Project that asks students to synthesize what they have read and apply it to real-world research tasks. Each project asks students to evaluate evidence, write, and present their ideas.

        • Write Routinely

          Students must write routinely in response to text.

        • In System 44 Next Generation, Students Write
          Every Day

          Whole- and Small-Group Instruction
          The 44Book features daily writing prompts, which ask students to write in response to reading. Each Module includes a comprehensive writing strand that features multiple writing types and takes students through all steps of the writing process.

           Software Rotation
          The NEW Writing Strand provides students with independent practice in writing text-based summaries.

          Independent Reading Rotation
          QuickWrites are provided for each of the 56 library titles.

      • Key Points of the
        Common Core State Standards

        How System 44 Supports the Standards

        • Read Text With Fluency

          Students must have ample opportunity to develop oral reading fluency.

        • Systematic Phonics Instruction and Word
          Analysis Strategies

          • The Word Zone develops fluent decoding of words through modeling, individualized blending practice, and explicit instruction in common syllable types and word parts (such as prefixes).
          • Sight Word instruction is built around opportunities to “see it, say it, read it, and write it.” This includes students recording themselves speaking.
          •   The Fluency Zone presents reading tasks that promote skills transfer and require students to read and think about the meaning of text.
          • Instructional routines provide support for practicing correct phrasing, speed, and expression.
          • Audio recordings and eBooks accompany every paperback to promote listening comprehension.
        • Utilize Academic Language

          Students must have ample opportunity to engage in academic discussion in one-on-one and small group settings.

        • System 44 Engages all students in Daily Academic Discussions

          Small Group Differentiated Instruction

          • In the 44Book students engage in academic discussions each day developing their oral language skills to communicate across the content areas.
          • Academic discussions during the prewrite stage in the 44Book engage students in brainstorming with a partner. Students then present their ideas to the group.
          • Scaffolded writing opportunities build students’ ability to articulate key concepts and use academic language.
          • Activities on the Interactive Whiteboard support interaction amongst peers

          Independent Reading

          • Discussion questions are included for each library title and Decodable Digest reading.

          Software Rotation

          • The Smart Zone and Success Passages build academic vocabulary through explicit instruction.
        • Evaluate and Present Increasingly Complex Information

          Students must be able to prepare and present evidence-based presentations.

        • Throughout System 44 Students Summarize Texts and Synthesize Information

           In small groups, students receive explicit instruction in verbal and written summarizing. An instructional routine provides teachers with a structure for students to identify what is essential in a text and to process ideas deeply by expressing them in their own words.

          Research Projects
          At the end of every Module, students work in small groups to complete a Research Project. This project requires students to synthesize the Module texts, use evidence from text to support their ideas, and then present their ideas while practicing their public voice. Students also provide peer feedback during collaborative discussions.

      • Key Points of the
        Common Core State Standards

        How System 44 Supports the Standards

        • Importance of Morphology and
          Varied Contexts for Meaning

          Students must be able to determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials.

        • System 44 Accelerates Students Toward Independent Reading


          In the Software, students receive immediate, corrective feedback as they learn to consciously apply strategies and use morphology and orthography to read and understand multisyllabic words.

          • Instruction covers prefixes/suffixes, roots, endings, and syllable types.
          • The 44Book and the Resources for Differentiated Instruction (RDI) provides phonics instruction building on phonemic awareness and moving to letter-sound correspondance, blending, word building, dictation, and spelling.
          •  Text throughout the program are scaffolded with vocabulary support and pictures to connect meaning to content. A glossary with key vocabulary terms is included in the Decodable Digest.
        • Building Vocabulary Across Disciplines

           Students must develop and use robust, academic, and domain-specific vocabulary that can be leveraged across the content areas.

        • System 44 Unlocks Multisyllabic Words Through Word Analysis Activities to Help Students Access Subject-Area Content


          In both teacher-led and software-based instruction, students are explicitly instructed on Greek and Latin roots as well as English morphology.

          • In the 44Book, at the start of each Module, students are explicitly taught high-leverage academic and domain-specific vocabulary that they will use throughout the Module and their content-area classes. Anchor Media help students build mental models of domain-specific vocabulary and enhance comprehension and retention.
          • Success Zone passages and Anchor Videos are 100% nonfiction, covering many topics across the content areas.