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What's included

Amplify Reading for 6–8 uses captivating storylines to engage students in powerful personalized reading instruction and practice. Whether students are learning to read fluently or sharpening close reading skills, Amplify Reading accelerates their growth while freeing educators up to work with small groups or individual students. Explore more of the program here.

Amplify Reading is a recipient of Digital Promise’s Research-Based Design and Learner Variability certifications.

Program at a glance

Amplify Reading is a research-based, standards aligned program that supports students along an adaptive path of increasingly complicated texts and literary concepts. Students find these games embedded in an engaging narrative world that grows as they do, whether they are learning foundational skills or mastering close reading.

Books at a glance

At the middle school level, Amplify Reading sets students in a dystopian future world run by Machines, where people are told what to read and what to think. Students are recruited into the rebellion and trained in the powerful ways authors convey meaning and affect their audience. This interactive graphic novel is divided into three books with each chapter focusing on a different skill or concept.

  • Book 1: Illumination

    Chapter 1: Arguments and their structure

    Students learn to build arguments using claims, evidence, and reasons.

    Chapter 2: Setting and Mood

    Students learn to analyze how descriptions of setting evoke mood for the reader.

    Chapter 3: Pathos

    Students learn to evaluate methods of persuasion in pathos arguments.

    Chapter 4: Word choice and tone

    Students learn to analyze word choices to determine tone.

    Chapter 5: Logos

    Students learn to identify, analyze, and create logos arguments.

    Chapter 6: Figurative language

    Students learn to analyze and use figurative language.

    Chapter 7: Ethos

    Students learn to identify, analyze, and create ethos arguments.

    Chapter 8: Review and Synthesis

    Students review what they’ve learned in the past seven lessons and apply their knowledge to create an original protest text.

  • Book 2: Transformation

    Chapter 1: Narrative Arguments

    Students learn to analyze the use of narrative in arguments.

    Chapter 2: Characterization

    Students learn to identify different types of characterization and make inferences from indirect characterization.

    Chapter 3: Description in arguments

    Students learn to identify sensory language and analyze its use in arguments.

    Chapter 4: Conflict and character change

    Students learn to identify different types of conflict and analyze how characters change in response to conflict.

    Chapter 5: Causal reasoning

    Students learn to analyze, evaluate, and create causal arguments.

    Chapter 6: Themes

    Students learn to use analysis of character change to determine and express the theme of a literary work.

    Chapter 7: Evaluating arguments and fallacies

    Students learn to evaluate pathos, logos, and ethos arguments by checking for completeness and coherence and identifying common fallacies.

    Chapter 8: Review and synthesis

    Students review what they’ve learned in the past seven chapters and apply their knowledge to putting the finishing touches on an original text.

  • Book 3: Insurrection

    Chapter 1: Complex arguments

    Students learn to map out and analyze complex argument structures.

    Chapter 2: Narrative voice

    Students learn to identify the narrative point of view and analyze the purpose and effects of narrative voice.

    Chapter 3: Arguments by analogy

    Students learn to analyze and evaluate arguments by analogy.

    Chapter 4: Style

    Students learn to identify the elements of style and analyze how they are used to achieve an author’s purpose.

    Chapter 5: Dialectic

    Students learn to participate in dialectics by using logos arguments and crafting appropriate counterpoints.

    Chapter 6: Review and synthesis

    Students review the literary and argumentative tools they’ve learned throughout the three books and apply them to creating an effective rhetorical message.

Digital components

The program includes resources that give students chances to apply skills they’ve learned and teachers the ability to track student progress across multiple data points.

  • Teacher materials
    Component Format

    Teacher dashboard

    The teacher dashboard requires zero set-up time and uses detailed data to provide insights into student progress. Teachers can drill down into student profiles to see specific areas of focus and where they are struggling.

    digital The Teacher Dashboard in Amplify Reading
  • Student materials
    Component Format

    Practice mode

    In addition to the books, speeches, and articles weaved into the narrative arc of the game, students may also access hundreds of texts in practice mode. Here, they can continue to hone their mastery of close reading skills on a wide range of authentic texts.


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