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Storyworks and Audio

By Talia Cowen
September 26, 2019

We're excited to introduce you to our newest audio feature: Text-to-Speech! You'll find Text-to-Speech in addition to our beloved Audio Read-Alouds for all of our major features in each issue (minus the play, which we don't do an Audio Read-Aloud for).

Great question! Our Audio Read-Alouds are the stories your students love, read and recorded by us here at Scholastic. They're often read by the author of the story, creating a fantastic author-reader connection. Teachers tell us these Read-Alouds are great for students to listen to while they read along in their student edition (and do a lot to save teachers' vocal cords).

Using Text-to-Speech, students can have the story read aloud to them with an automated voice while they follow along in the text. Students can control the speed of the Read-Aloud, and each word is highlighted as it is read—all on the same page! This is ideal for students who prefer a multisensory approach to reading. And it's one of our new features this year that will be powerful in building fluency, particularly in developing readers.

Here's how you can find both of these audio options:

Start out on the Story tab to see the Text-to-Speech option. The Text-to-Speech will change levels when you toggle between the Lexile options for an article.

If you switch over to the Resources tab, you'll see the Audio Read-Alouds available. If there are two levels, you'll see them both here. Click the play button to start the read-aloud. Note: Students can access the Audio Read-Aloud in the Student View at the bottom of any major feature article (except for the play).

How do you use audio in your classroom? We'd love to hear about it! Email us at storyworks@scholastic.com

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