Spinout Stories

 

 

 


Literacy resources for older students with reading difficulties

 

 

Years 5 to 9

 

      
 

 

 

Spinout Stories are collections of high interest stories and related activities especially designed to appeal to upper primary and lower secondary students who are still struggling with literacy.

Each story is available at three levels of reading difficulty, to suit a wide range of students.

  • Topics to suit older “early” readers
  • There are two topics in each pack.
  • Each topic offers two stories of different styles.


Some stories are fictional, some are informative. Some are both. All are designed to grab the attention of reluctant readers.

 

 

Pack

 

Story

 

Topic

 

Style

Blue

 

 

 

 

Diesels and Dirt

large machines

information

 

The best mechanic

large machines

fiction

 

Saltwater Crocodiles

crocodiles

information

 

Reptile Zoo

crocodiles

narrative

Red

 

 

 

 

Gorilla Gang

dreams

fiction

 

Dream to stay alive

dreams

information

 

Shark Ride Bay

surfing

fiction

 

Surf Shop

surfing

narrative

 

Enrichment Reading

Clicking on key words gives access to Spinout’s powerful hypertext facility, which encourages students to follow up more details of the story. This encourages students to read more and more in order to obtain information beyond the basic text of the main story.

For example, clicking on “trucks” (or on the truck in the picture) opens a new window of text that gives more detailed information about trucks. This text offers further links to words such as “engine” and “tray”, giving even more leads for students to follow their particular interests and encouraging them to read more adventurously.

Read It, Hear It, Write It, Print It!!

The computer can read all the story text aloud (with an Australian accent). It can also help students check their own reading by saying individual words (in a different voice) upon request.

Voice Sample

Students can use Spinout’s facilities to write their own version of a story and print it, complete with all the illustrations, in black and white or colour.

Full Colour Books

The Spinout stories are supplied in book form as well as on CD. Extra copies are available: contact Greygum Software for details.

Extra Skill-building Exercises

Each CD contains related reading activities, based on the text of the stories on the CD. The activities are designed to develop students’ basic skills and to give them confidence in reading and understanding. All the exercises have been carefully designed by experienced teachers.

 

Pack 

 Exercise

 Activity

Blue
Jigsaw word recognition
Concentration word recognition
Word Ladders building vocabulary
Red
Cloze reading with comprehension
Wordsquare word recognition
Quiz comprehension

 

Meeting Individual Needs

Using the Teacher Controls, Spinout Stories can be set up to meets the needs of individual students. Level of difficulty, fonts, special needs requirements and availability of printing are just some of the options that can be set.

The teacher can also check a log of the time each student spends on each activity to help identify an individual’s strengths and possible weaknesses.

Bonus Package

Also included in each pack is a copy of Spinworks, a powerful teacher’s helper that turns any of the Spinout Stories, PM Story Books, Fitzroy Talking Readers or any text file into a set of worksheets in seconds. Details...

Platforms

Package includes CD suitable for both Windows and Macintosh.

The mobile versions of Spinout Red and Spinout Blue are available from the Apple iTunes Store. These versions do not include the ability to write your own stories and do not include any of the extension exercises or SpinWorks.

 

Online Shopping

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Spinout Stories - Single User

$143.00 (inc GST) 

Collection

 

 

Spinout Stories - Site Licence

$286.00 (inc GST) 

Collection
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