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There is nothing quite like integrated learning that speaks to learners on multiple levels, in many meaningful ways at once. Teaching that touches on what learners already know, what they need to know elsewhere, how they feel, what they think and what they’ve experienced is instruction that’s likely to stick with them for a long time. We want this for you and your learners.


Permanent Article
Concise Science of Reading

Across Content

Instructional Materials Library Free Samples
At HAPPY Reading, we really love reading. And we love learning. And the beautiful thing that we understand is that you can almost always do both at the same time. And the big secret is that it can all be fun. Our poems and reader’s theater scripts address content area learning. Poems primarily cover language arts objectives, but they do so with leveled material that is also sensitive to the diverse backgrounds, interests and learning styles of individuals. Over time, you’ll see poems for emergent learners, adolescent learners, adult learners, urban learners, rural learners, differently-abled learners, and more.

Our reader’s theater scripts encompass all the major content areas so virtually all educators will be able to utilize them to introduce, reinforce and review content-area concepts in literacy-rich ways. Access to a limited number of free, downloadable sample items is available for all visitors to HAPPY Reading. We hope you will use them frequently, whether or not you decide to become a member. To gain access to the full downloadable library, which expands monthly, you must become a registered member. Registered members also have access to the content-supporting activities that correlate with each script (beginning September 2011).

Monthly, we update the list of scripts by content area and objective. You’ll find this page above the scripts in the Instructional Materials Library area.

Monthly Articles
These articles cover learning and living across the spectrum called life. We search and discover many stories of educators and learners who have experienced uncommon successes and memorable moments. We chronicle them for you in anticipation that you will be affected and the uncommon will become much more commonplace… for the good of all concerned. Many of these stories are about learning and living across content areas. We update monthly under the permanent, umbrella headings. Those headings, current articles and places of origin are:

School-Wide Reading
Current Article-If You Build It Up, They Will Read (Connecticut)
Surrogate Librarian
Current Article-Books on Wheels (Illinois)
Book-Inspired Art
Current Article-The Snowball Effect (Michigan)
Books As Bridges
Current Article-Blanketed in Kindness (Florida and Louisiana)
Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking
Current Article-A Dramatic Difference (North Carolina)
Book-Inspired Community Service
Current Article-Love and Sandwiches (Georgia)
Literacy for All Kinds of Intelligence
Current Article-Naturally Smart (Florida)

Read here to appreciate what's being tried and what's become true elsewhere... and to spark your own imagination in every content area.  These articles are located on the Resources page, immediately below the calendar area.

Monthly articles are viewable for all visitors while they are current. Once archived, only registered members retain access.

As a registered HAPPY member, you get:


Instructional Materials Library
This includes instantly available downloads of thousands of pages of leveled poem and reader’s theater scripts. Material is written with content standards in mind AND to support literacy growth across the life span for learners in a variety of settings and circumstances. Registered members have access to standards- and content-related activities that accompany each script (beginning in the fall of 2011). These activities are meaningful endeavors to promote reading, writing and deep thinking related to content across the curriculum.

Only members have access to the full instructional materials library via the LOGIN button. Or you may register to become a member here:

Members only Archive
As articles and features archive, our registered members retain access to everything. If you haven’t already, please consider joining us today.

HAPPY52 Tips
As a member, you receive weekly delivery of Reading Raves and Reminders in your e-mail to help keep teaching practices sharp and student skill sharper. Some of these tips may relate to content instruction.

Coming in early fall, this one of a kind resource will help you to connect real, high quality children’s literature with essential instructional goals and standards. If you are looking for real literature that aligns with specific content for your learner(s), the BookMine will help you find it. And once you find it, you’ll also get the full IRBY (Instructional Review of Books for Youth). This will show you specific ways to use the book to further your instructional goals (e.g. for word study). You’ll be able to search for books you currently own to see how you may use them not only for their inherent artistic value but also for more expansive educational purposes. The BookMine will allow you to identify books by author, illustrator, series, content area, reading level and much more.

Available separately, you’ll be able to purchase cards to facilitate thinking and discussion related to higher order thinking and related to specific content area knowledge. These will be available (fall of 2011) at a discount for registered members.

Join at today’s low price and make your HAPPY Reading experience even more of a great value for you and your students.

Members also get HAPPY Services-- including HAPPY Primary, READ UP, WORD, HAPPY Preschool, HAPPY Transitions and Bibliotherapy-- at special pricing. Workshops for both parents and education professionals are also available at discounted pricing. Write to inquire and discuss specific needs.

Registering as a member gives you the satisfaction of knowing you’ve joined a community of educators, learners, leaders and book lovers who are all about exploring better and more effective ways to coach learners to greater success. When you are at work, HAPPY Reading will be available to work alongside you to help reach higher goals. When you’re not at work, HAPPY Reading will be working steadily to bring you more stories of excellence and creative approaches to learning that will be ready when you are. Join us.

Becoming a registered member costs just pennies a day, per student. Some people spend more than this amount on manicures and pedicures, which are great… but they don’t help reading… at least not directly. You can purchase up to three years of membership at the low, introductory price. Schools and divisions may also purchase for up to three years at this same per-license rate. And referring friends, colleagues, other schools or other divisions can lead to even greater benefits for you and for them.

Special introductory price: $39.99. To register:

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