Amplify announced today that it is entering the digital supplemental market in reading and math with two new supplemental programs, Amplify Close Reading and Amplify Fractions.
Amplify Close Reading takes the form of a digital graphic novel adventure, engaging students in a suspenseful story while helping them master close reading skills covered by ELA standards in grades 6-8. Titled “The Last Readers,” the graphic novel is set in a dystopian future world run by machines that tell people what they can and can’t read. Recruited for the rebellion, students are trained in the powerful ways authors convey meaning and affect their audience.
Close reading, the practice of analyzing a text to determine what it says and how it says it, is a skill prioritized by recent middle school ELA standards, which have placed renewed emphasis on text-dependent analysis of literary and informational texts. Amplify Close Reading was developed in partnership with literacy expert Tim Shanahan, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Amplify Fractions covers math standards in grades 3–6 and offers a new approach to learning fractions through a blend of adaptive learning and interactive storytelling. Students learn fractions through playful storylines and real-world contexts, with lessons that adapt to individual student need. Amplify Fractions includes personalized feedback via digital tutor, along with unlimited practice opportunities.
Educators were able to sign up for the beta version of both programs for the 2017-18 school year. The full versions are now available.