Students considered as Early Readers (or Pre-Readers) by Amira will receive the Early Reader Skills Scaffold (ERSS) sequence of practice activities which are heavily scaffolded and research-based to enhance student literacy learning and growth.

Components of the Early Reader Skills Scaffold sequence are (1) reading a story with Amira (Echo Reading); (2) Word List; and (3) Letter Story.

Refer to the video below which models an Early Reader Skills Scaffold set of tasks with Amira reading aloud with a student (Echo Reading); the student completing a Word List; and the student reading a Letter Story.

Details for each component are noted below:

Introducing the Letter Sound

  • Amira tells the student what letter sound will be practiced during the set of practice activities (there is one letter sound per set of activities)

  • Amira shows and explains how to make the letter sound with a video of a human's mouth making the letter sound

  • The student practices making the letter sound

Reading a Story with Amira (Echo Reading)

  • Amira reads aloud a story while the student echo reads

  • The story has a cadence and rhyming similar to familiar nursery rhymes

  • The story has a picture on each page

  • As each word is read aloud, the text turns from black to gray

  • A progress indicator along the bottom of the screen shows how many story pages have been completed

  • A Wait and Your Turn indicator will be displayed below the words of the story

  • When the student is finished, Amira will explain that the work is being saved; will display a Great work! screen and progress to the next task (Word List)

Word List

  • The word list activity is an ordered list, and the purpose is to practice 1:1 correspondence, matching pictures, initial sounds, and recognizing sound patterns

  • Amira explains and demonstrates the task of saying aloud the word which matches the picture

  • The student says aloud the word

  • A progress indicator along the bottom of the screen shows how many words have been completed

  • A Wait and Your Turn indicator will be displayed below the word

  • Amira intervenes with micro-interventions, as appropriate

  • When the student is finished, Amira will explain that the work is being saved; will display a Great work! screen and progress to the next task (Letter Story)

Letter Story

  • Amira tells the student that the student is about to read a story with the same words and pictures which the student just practiced

  • Amira encourages the student to use letter sounds and pictures as the student reads aloud independently

  • The student reads aloud

  • A picture appears above the words

  • As each word is read aloud, the text turns from black to gray

  • A progress indicator along the bottom of the screen shows how many story pages have been completed

  • Amira will intervene with micro-interventions, as appropriate

  • When the student is finished, Amira will explain that the work is being saved and will display a Great work! screen


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