The Reading Universe is a licensed trademark of the Barksdale Reading Institute.

BRI’s Reading Universe (RU) guides teachers as they work to become better literacy instructors. It was introduced in the early 2000’s as a way to illustrate how the various skills that make up reading fit within a larger picture. 

It equips every teacher with HOW to teach the five elements of literacy (Phonological Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension) in a sequential, systematic, explicit, to mastery, and cumulative way! 

To learn more about the Reading Universe, visit You can also attend BRI-led professional development now being offered through our state’s Regional Education Service Agencies (RESA). Sign up here.




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