TextProject.org is a non-profit organization founded in 2010, designed to bring beginning and struggling readers to high levels of literacy through a variety of strategies and tools.
The founder, Dr. Elfrieda Hiebert, author of Scholastic W.O.R.D. and research associate at the University of Calfornia, Santa Cruz, was an English language learner, and came to understand that presenting a core vocabulary of most commonly used words is the most effective way to teach a new language. In this vein, the site recommends books which support repetition of the core vocabulary, as well as providing many instructional articles and free classroom materials for download, such as:
- Read-Aloud Favorites
- Student Texts, such as Beginning Reads, for readers new to English
- Teacher’s Guides
- Vocabulary Lessons
- Word Pictures
- The Reading GPS, which currently tests oral reading fluency but is being expanded.