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Stories from Somerville

The 75 stories in the Stories from Somerville readers were written by Kim Ramsey, a talented K-8 resource room teacher with a flair for storytelling.  She used each story, along with some worksheets, as the basis of a week of work on decoding, spelling, and comprehension.  We have published them in a more flexible format.  The original stories and their comprehension exercises are in this Stories from Somerville set.  The decoding and spelling exercises appear in our Say, Read, & Spell worksheets, which match up, story by story, with the skills covered in these readers but can also be used independently.

The stories in these books are not about real people, but they reflect typical experiences of real children and describe common social interactions among children.  Students follow the adventures of Sam, Ace, June, and their pals from story to story – at home, school, band contests, dances, and more – as each new reading skill is added.


These stories were originally developed for a group of elementary school children with reading disabilities.  Some also had behavioral difficulties or came from families who acted out anger inappropriately.  In several stories, some characters behave inappropriately.  This gives students a chance to see what their behavior looks like to others.  It provides a non-personal, yet realistic setting that children can relate to while they read and discuss the stories.


In both books, above the title of each story is a list of at least ten words that typify the skill or pattern introduced in that story.  The Table of Contents includes the skills added in each story and the sight words necessary for that story.  The sequence of the skills introduced in the stories is close to the sequence used in Concept Phonics™.  It is also close to the sequences of many Orton-Gillingham-based reading programs.


About the Readers

Reader 1 – 50 interconnected one-page stories in one compact reader, covering single-syllable words and easy-ending suffixes.  Each story introduces a new skill or pattern.  

56 pages, 7” x 8.5”

$19.95

Comprehension Workbook 1A – One page of questions for each of the first 30 stories in Reader 1.  Each page contains both multiple-choice and written response questions, including inference questions.  A page of teaching tips and a story-line diagram master page are also included.

32 pages, 8.5” x 11”

$9.95

Comprehension Workbook 1B – One page of questions for each of the last 20 stories in Reader 1, like the questions in Workbook 1A.

20 pages, 8.5” x 11”

$9.95

Reader 2 – 25 interconnected 2- and 3-page controlled vocabulary stories that add two-syllable words in continuing the adventures of Sam, Ace, June, and their pals.  Most stories introduce new skills or patterns; a few just provide practice with the skills or patterns from the previous one.

64 pages, 7” x 8.5”

$19.95

Comprehension Workbook 2 – Two pages of both multiple-choice and written response questions for each story in Reader 2, including inference questions.  A page of teaching tips and a story-line diagram master page are also included.

52 pages, 8.5” x 11”

$13.95

Save 5% by ordering all five pieces of the Stories from Somerville set, and get free cont. US shipping, too!

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To see any of the following sample pages, just click on its name.

Book 1, Story 1

Book 1, Story 24

Book 2, first page of Story 1

Book 2, first page of Story 13

Workbook 1a, Story 1

Workbook 1a, Story 24

Workbook 2, Story 13 (both pages)

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Workbooks 1A and 1B combined into a 54-page downloadable Comprehension Workbook 1 – One page of questions for each of the 50 stories in Reader 1, with permission to copy for use with all students of the purchaser.  A real bargain!


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