What is Paper Reading?

Paper Reading is a tool where students practice reading out loud and get immediate feedback so they can improve over time. Specifically, Paper Reading supports students as they work to improve three fundamental aspects of reading fluency:

  • Accuracy
  • Speed
  • Prosody

With Paper Reading, learners can record themselves reading a passage of their own choosing or assigned material. After the recording is submitted, they’ll receive important key metrics, such as time read, words correct per minute, total words read, and unique words. Paper Reading also keeps track of a student’s sessions over time, helping them see how their ongoing efforts translate into cumulative data gathered from every independent practice session.

Paper Reading also gives teachers visibility into which students are reading, how much they’re reading, and how well they’re reading. 


To access Paper Reading, follow the below steps:

  1. Sign in to Paper™ using appropriate school credentials.
  2. From the dashboard, click the “Practice reading with Paper Reading” tile.Screenshot 2023-08-10 at 9.40.48 AM.png

To check for assignments, follow the below steps:

  1. Click the “Assignments” button in the top-left corner of the screen.
  2. If a reading has been assigned, it will appear in the list and be marked as “To do.”
  3. Click the assignment to get started.Screenshot 2023-08-10 at 9.44.58 AM.png

To start a free read, follow the below steps: 

  1. Find an enjoyable physical book or digital text.
  2. Click the “Free Read” button at the top-right corner of the screen.
  3. Click “Record” and begin reading the text aloud.Screenshot 2023-08-10 at 9.48.17 AM.png


To read a book from the digital library, follow the below steps: 

  1. Click “Library” at the top of your screen.
  2. Explore the entire library, or narrow down your search using the filters on the left-hand side.
  3. Click the book you want to read.
  4. Click “Record” and begin reading the text.Screenshot 2023-08-10 at 9.51.12 AM.png


To hear yourself reading out loud, follow the below steps:

  1. Students can listen to their recordings both during a reading session as well as after it by clicking the play button. A transcript of what Paper Reading heard them read will also be displayed after the recording is completed.
  2. All recordings can be deleted or rerecorded as many times as students like.Screenshot 2023-08-10 at 9.58.09 AM.png

Students can see the below general reading stats on their dashboard and specific stats within each individual reading:

  • Minutes read: the total number of minutes recorded.
  • Speed (WCPM): the average number of correct words read per minute.
  • Total words: the total number of words recorded.
  • Unique words: the total number of distinct words recorded.
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