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Special Noah Text Lessons for Students with Dyslexia

A chapter book based reading intervention for students with dyslexia. This on-line reading program was developed with Sarah Blodgett, developer of Noah Text®, researchers at Michigan State U. and Orton Gillingham trained reading specialists. The Results – Students begin to enjoy reading and often complete their first chapter book.

The Noah Text®-New Century program is a curriculum that builds upon early vocabulary and decodable text, and helps older students (functioning at grade level 4 and up) to build the larger vocabulary, the stamina, and the fluency to read their first chapter books. With fluency, they are more able to develop the reading skills (literal comprehension, main idea and inference) to better understand what they are reading. Most importantly, students develop an interest in reading. Pre and post testing demonstrates that students improve their fluency in plain text. (See more on Noah Text® Below)

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“….My son has finished book 1. He loved it. Our family really values the work you’ve done for dyslexics. Thank you…” – Ranae Calvert

How To Get Started

Remember, your student should be reading at 4th grade or higher. After you complete the form, you will receive an immediate response on screen and an email with 1 video for you and your student to review.  The video totals about 4 minutes on how to use the Intelligent Tutoring System for Dyslexic and struggling readers.

In a second email, you will also receive the link to the site where your student can log in.  You will want to copy and paste that site into your browser, and save the location.

In the second email, you will also receive the credentials to use in logging into the site.  Should you have any questions, you can contact us at support@newcenturyeducation.org

Note: We never share your or your student’s data with any third party for marketing or any other reason. Any data remains confidential.

“The Noah Text lessons have really challenged him and he’s showing tremendous improvement in his overall reading. Fluency is a huge problem area for him, but he’s gaining traction there as well. He’s actually enjoying the book, which makes the whole process so much easier. When we started in June, he was reading at a weak Level-E. Today, I’m happy to report that he’s reading at a strong Level-L! …What New Century is doing for children like my son is a godsend.”  – Adriane Genova

Reading specialists have used books written in Noah Text® for the past 4 years to convert students with dyslexia to become readers of books.

Noah Text® was designed based on the fact that the English writing system is one of the most irregular and complex writing systems in the world, requiring two to three times more reading instruction time and practice compared to most other languages. Studies also show this complexity leads to much higher rates of dyslexia. Noah Text® simulates predictable writing systems by guiding the reader toward the most critical patterns in English, bringing predictability to a system that is otherwise very complex.  Noah Text® is a patent pending method that alleviates the burdens an irregular writing system puts on working memory, while increasing fluency and speed, creating a more fluid and relaxed, independent reading experience.  

Key Lesson Elements Helping Your Student to Read Books

  • Phonological Awareness: Words are pronounced and re-articulated when clicked.  Word patterns are also enunciated, and the student is asked to pronounce patterns in words to better recognize them in exercises decoding larger words.  
  • Phonics: Noah Text® helps students to see patterns in words that help them decode more complex vocabulary.  They spend less cognitive effort decoding and can focus more on understanding what they are reading. Within reading passages, the more difficult, highlighted words are pronounced when clicked.
  • Vocabulary: Words that will appear in the next chapter are introduced with definitions and used in exercises with synonyms and antonyms to help students fully understand word meaning.  Each key word is supported by a visual image to help students understand the word. Vocabulary reviews are also provided after every 5 chapters to help “firm” new words.
  • Fluency: Using Noah Text®, students spend less cognitive effort decoding and begin to understand more of what they are reading.  They begin to enjoy reading chapter books.  Often students read their first chapter book in Noah Text®.  Parents are encouraged to have students read aloud and help with pronunciation and expression.  
  • Comprehension: The lessons include pre-reading, reading and interactive close-reading exercises to help students develop better skills in literal comprehension, inference and main idea.  Prompts are provided for discussion with the student to focus them on a deeper understanding of the story and personal relevance to the text.
  • The chapter books: “The Mystical Years of Franklin Noah Peterson” are engaging, and students, including adults, look forward to the next lesson with the next chapter.
  • Supporting Working Memory: The structured literacy approach of the lessons help support working memory, often a challenge for students with dyslexia, and a key step for both decoding and developing stamina for reading books.

Mapping Sound to Print – Noah Text®

Reading requires individuals to map sound to print. Strong readers do this efficiently and effortlessly.

Basic words are easier to map out, such as can, man, bat, fat.  Complex words require more cognitive resources and good working memory – this is where struggling readers and those with dyslexia need assistance.

Noah Text enables individuals to map sound to print by providing a road map highlighting the most critical features of English that are readily recognized by science.

Noah Text is a specialized print system, not a font. However, it can be applied to most any font.

Noah Text is not a special code with tons of markings; it is simply a reading scaffold providing a way for ALL readers to enhance their reading skills while providing access to the very complex code we inherited – English print!

“Noah Text® is innovative and a real “game-changer” for those who struggle to read the printed word. Just like large printed books, Noah Text® should be available for all printed materials to alleviate the pain of reading for those with dyslexia.” – Reading Consultant

For Parents:

In the first research study of our Noah Text lessons, conducted by Michigan State University Professor Troy Mariage, middle school students achieved significant reading gains in only two weeks.  The study involved 8 dyslexic middle school students all decoding at the 1st, 2nd or 3rd percentile – the lowest performers.  Using the Towre-2 and DIBELS-8 assessments, students improved in fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary.   Most importantly, use of Noah Text lead to improvement in reading plain text.  Below is the link to Professor Mariage’s presentation of the results of the study.  This is 18 minutes that focuses just on results out of a longer one-hour presentation delivered at a conference in Austin, TX.  

New Century is piloting this new intervention, designed to be used at home, with students of all ages with dyslexia reading at grade levels 4 our higher.  Those who register for the service now may use it with their student for free. We may send you an email requesting your feedback on the service, but you will not be charged.