SOLO 6+ Essentials course imageThis course will go over the essential functions to get you started with SOLO6+. SOLO6+ is a literacy suite of popular assistive technology supports including Read: Outloud, Draft:Builder, Write:Outloud and Co:Writer. This tool can help your students read, write and study.

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Course Info

Welcome to the SOLO 6+ Essentials Course.

The goal of this course is to provide a brief overview of how you can effectively use SOLO 6+ with your students. SOLO 6+ consists of Read:Outloud, Draft:Builder, Write:Outloud and Co:Writer that can be used individually or together to facilitate the students’ learning processes.

SOLO 6+ Syllabus

SOLO is a suite of four integrated programs: Read:OutLoud, Draft:Builder, Write:OutLoud and Co:Writer. These programs can be used to support the entire reading and writing process. These materials focus on the features of Read:OutLoud, Draft:Builder, and Co:Writer and how they can be used to support students with reading, writing and studying. The materials can be used individually but those teams new to using SOLO might consider working through the various modules in sequence.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will:

  • understand the basic functions of Read:OutLoud, Draft:Builder, and Co:Writer
  • be able to construct reading and writing assignments using a combination of Read:OutLoud, Draft:Builder, and Co:Writer or individually

Course Requirements

As this is an introductory self directed course geared specifically for supporting reading, writing and studying using SOLO programs you do not require prior experience or knowledge of the program to successfully complete the course. However, since this course is presented online, you will require the following:

  • general computer competency including file management, and use of the internet
  • access to current computer and internet technology including a computer with an up-to-date operating system and internet browser
  • reliable high speed internet connection which will allow access to the various presentations, videos and demonstrations.
  • have a copy of SOLO 6+ as well as know how to open Read:OutLoud, Draft:Builder, and Co:Writer on your own computer.

Course Schedule

This course can be started and completed on your own schedule at any time of the year! As this is delivered as distance education, you can set your own timetable for completion of the various modules and activities.

Course Format

The self directed course will contain a combination of demonstrations and interactive elements. Most of the presentations are narrated. The “Overview” tab will contain a brief description of the lesson. The “Resources” tab will contain any links to supporting files associated with the lesson.

Design and FAQ

Module 1 – An Overview

  • Overview of SOLO 6+: The purpose of this module is to provide a brief overview of all the components of SOLO 6+.

Module 2 – All About Reading

  • Reading with Read:OutLoud: The purpose of this lesson is to examine the tools within Read:OutLoud that helps students read.
  • Reading with Co:Writer: The purpose of this lesson is to examine the tools within Co:Writer that help students read.
  • Practice activities: The purpose of this lesson is to provide an interactive demonstration of each of the processes involved in accomplishing the reading task using Read:OutLoud and Co:Writer.

Module 3 – Study Skills

  • Studying using Read:OutLoud: The purpose of this lesson is to examine the tools within Read:OutLoud that help students study.
  • Building & Organizing Ideas Using Draft:Builder: The purpose of this lesson is to examine the tools within Draft:Builder that helps students study.
  • Practice Activities: The purpose of this lesson is to provide an interactive demonstration of each of the processes involved in accomplishing the studying task using Read:OutLoud and Draft:Builder.

Module 4 – All about Writing

  • Writing with Write:OutLoud: The purpose of this lesson is to examine the tools within Write:OutLoud that help students write.
  • Writing with Co:Writer: The purpose of this lesson is to examine the tools within Co:Writer that helps student write.
  • Practice Activities: The purpose of this lesson is to provide an interactive demonstration of each of the processes involved in accomplishing the writing task using Write:OutLoud and Co:Writer.

Module 5 – Bringing it all Together

  • From Reading to Writing: The purpose of this lesson is to examine how the tools within SOLO 6+ can be used together to transition from the reading task to the writing task.
How do I get started?

To start the lesson, click on the image.

How can I find out more?

In the resources area, you will find links to more information.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course please contact servicedelivery@setbc.org.

Module 1: An Overview

This module will provide a brief overview of all the components of SOLO 6+.

Overview of SOLO 6+

Overview of SOLO 6+

Module 2: All About Reading

The first video, “Reading with Read:OutLoud,” explores the tools within Read:OutLoud that help students read.

The second video, “Reading with Co:Writer,” examines the tools within Co:Writer that help students read.

While the third, “Practice Activities,” provides an interactive demonstration of each of the processes involved in accomplishing the reading task using Read:OutLoud and Co:Writer.

Reading with Read:OutLoudReading with Co:WriterPractice Activities

SOLO 6+ Essentials - Reading with Read:OutLoud


SOLO 6+ Essentials - Reading with Co:Writer


SOLO 6+ Essentials - Practice Activities

Module 3: Study Skills

The first video, “Studying Using Read:OutLoud,” examines the tools within Read:OutLoud that help students study.

The second video, “Building & Organizing Ideas Using Draft:Builder” looks at the tools within Draft:Builder that assist students in studying.

And the third, “Practice Activities,” provides an interactive demonstration of each of the processes involved in accomplishing the studying task using Read:OutLoud and Draft:Builder.

Studying using Read:OutLoudConstructing and Organizing Ideas using Draft:BuilderPractice Activities

SOLO 6+ Essentials - Studying using Read:OutLoud

SOLO 6+ Essentials - Constructing and Organizing Ideas using Draft:Builder

SOLO 6+ Essentials - Practice Activities

Module 4: All About Writing

The first video, “Writing with Write:OutLoud,” examines the tools within Write:OutLoud that help students write.

The second video, “Writing with Co:Writer,” explores the tools within Co:Writer that help student write.

And the third video, “Practice Activities,” is an interactive demonstration of each of the processes involved in accomplishing the writing task using Write:OutLoud and Co:Writer.

Writing with Write:OutLoudWriting with Co:WriterPractice Activities

SOLO 6+ Essentials - Writing with Write:OutLoud

SOLO 6+ Essentials - Writing with Co:Writer

SOLO 6+ Essentials - Practice Activities

Module 5: Bringing it All Together

“From Reading to Writing” examines how the tools within SOLO 6+ can be used together to transition from the reading task to the writing task.

Bringing it All Together

SOLO 6+ Essentials - Bringing it All Together