Comprehension, Vocabulary, Fluency

Help your students learn comprehension strategies, vocabulary, and fluency across the content areas with this engaging new resource.

Comprehension, Vocabulary, Fluency

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NEW CSI Chapters multi-touch books for the iPad
Five of our award-winning CSI Chapters titles are now available to download from iBooks.

These five multi-touch books support the teaching of financial literacy, English language literacy, social studies, maths and statistics to year 4–6 students. Each book contains high-interest, challenging content to engage students in a variety of relevant financial topics, including budgeting, saving, cost of living, unwise use of credit cards, shares and stock market crashes.

Here are the links to purchase and download them on iBooks:

FREE teacher support materials (TSMs) are available to download from These materials include alignment with Levels 2–3 English, Social Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics achievement objectives from The New Zealand Curriculum. These materials can also be used with the Flash-based ebook, app, and hard-copy versions of these titles.

New! CSI Literacy iPad Apps

Developing comprehension skills has never been this fun – the new CSI Literacy Library iPad apps are specifically designed to turn young readers into de-text-ives!

The apps feature fun interactive tools: virtual sticky notes, colorful highlighters and pens, zooming, pop-up glossaries and embedded video…Who said comprehension learning couldn't include shark and bug videos?

The CSI Literacy Library app comes with all 25 engaging, leveled CSI Chapters texts. Science, Maths, Social Sciences, Fiction, Nonfiction – there’s something in there for every student, and  it’s research-based to build better readers!

Want to try it out first? The CSI Literacy Library: Starter app is FREE to download and comes with “Terrifying Beast of the Deep”, an exciting chapter-length text on natural history topics, and a virtual CSI Literacy bookshelf. Start with the free text, then fill your virtual bookshelf as you and your students please with the remaining 24 CSI Literacy Library texts.

These apps are an exciting way to build comprehension, vocabulary, and world knowledge.

Winner at CLNZ Educational Publishing Awards

On Thursday 15 November, we were honoured in two categories at the Copyright Licensing New Zealand Educational Publishing Awards. Our CSI Literacy Kit 3 was awarded the top prize: Best Educational Resource or Programme for Export, and the Volunteer Recruit Programme published by Lift Education and the New Zealand Fire Service was highly commended in the category of Best Book in Higher Education Publishing.

We'd also like to congratulate CWA New Media (now part of Learning Media) and Huia, the publishers of He Reo Tupu, He Reo Ora, which was chosen as the Best Digital Media Solution. We were honoured to be involved in the editing of this cutting-edge digital resource.

See what the judges had to say about the winners here.

CSI Literacy in the UK!
We are extremely pleased to announce that McGraw-Hill Education (UK) will launch CSI Literacy as one of its premium new products from January 2013! CSI Literacy resources will now be available in the United Kingdom, Eire, North and Central Europe, and South Africa, exclusively through McGraw-Hill Education (UK) Ltd. More soon...  

CSI Literacy graphic organizers (US versions) are now available for FREE from Pacific Learning's website. They are open PDFs, which means your students can type directly into them on screen. Click here for more information.

Looking for a Powerpoint?

If you have recently attended a CSI Literacy presentation or workshop and are looking for a downloadable Powerpoint presentation, please visit our resources and presentation page.

CSI Chapters now available!

     CSI Chapters is the latest member of the CSI Literacy family, and is now available in classrooms. The resource consists of 25 leveled chapter books and e-books for building comprehension, content literacy, vocabulary, and more.
Click here for more information on CSI Chapters.  

CSI solves three pressing literacy needs in today's classrooms: 

  1. The need to engage 21st-century learners
  2. The need to improve comprehension, vocabulary, oral language, and fluency
  3. The need to utilize modern technology in the classroom 

CSI meets these needs through the provision of short, engaging content-area texts and explicit instructional materials to support literacy learning at each year level, in both hardcopy format and digital format for interactive or standard whiteboards with LCD projectors. Early results show that CSI is making a difference!

To order CSI in the USA, Australia, or New Zealand, please click a flag below:




Using CSI Literacy in a digital classroom

Neale Pitches 

"I really really, really like CSI. Every kid should do it because it’s fun and makes them better readers, even me". A ten-year-old student’s face lit up when talking about CSI Literacymore

Finding their voice with digital shared reading

Neale Pitches 
Nicky Simms knew she was onto something remarkable when one of one of her students with autism raised his hand and asked a thoughtful question during a literacy lesson. It was rare to even hear his voice in class, let alone have him actively engage with a text. more

Using e-books to teach to the Common Core

Neale Pitches 
Neale Pitches gives an in-booth presentation at the 2012 IRA Annual Conference in Chicago on using e-books to teach to the Common Core with rich tasks. Neale uses an interactive chapter book from the CSI Literacy series he developed to demonstrate various rich tasks in literacy.  more

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving – at the heart of Californian classrooms in 2012

Neale Pitches 
On May 22nd, 2012, the ASCD Smartbrief led with a story about changes to Californian classrooms as a result of the Common Core State Standards. Included in these changes is the “development of students' critical-thinking and problem-solving skills”. more