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Leveled Readers. Amy Moxley Mini Lesson EDIT 6340 April 8, 2006. Leveling Books. Matching the reading level of a child with the text found in a book Easy text - read with a high degree of accuracy (95% plus) Challenging or instructional text (90-95% accuracy)

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leveled readers

Leveled Readers

Amy Moxley

Mini Lesson

EDIT 6340

April 8, 2006

leveling books
Leveling Books

Matching the reading level of a child with the text found in a book

  • Easy text - read with a high degree of accuracy (95% plus)
  • Challenging or instructional text (90-95% accuracy)
  • Difficult text – less than 90% accuracy
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Leveled Readers

Multiple systems are used by teachers to level books when matching books to readers.

  • Lexile Levels
  • Guided Reading Levels
  • DRA Levels
popular professional books on leveled readers
Popular Professional Books on Leveled Readers
  • Leveling books K-6: Matching Readers to Text by Brenda M. Weaver
  • Matching Books to Readers: Using Leveled Books in Guided Reading, K-3 by Gay Su Pinnell, Lois Bridges Bird, and Irene C. Fountas
  • Leveled Books,K-8: Matching Texts to Readers for Effective Teaching by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell
selection criteria
Selection Criteria

Leveled readers may be selected by the reading specialist using criteria for poor or reluctant readers.

  • Repetition of main points
  • Direct and simple narrative
  • Well-organized, direct information
  • Illustrations to explain the text
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Selection Criteria

Reading Level should be a component of selection criteria.

suggested sources for leveled readers
Suggested Sources for Leveled Readers
  • Creative Teaching Press
  • Houghton Mifflin
  • Reading a-z.com
  • Rigby
  • Scholastic Guided Reading
  • Wright Group
useful tips
Useful Tips

Since leveled readers are often not purchased with library funds…

  • some media centers establish “book rooms” to house leveled readers.
  • books are often sorted by level and grouped in plastic bags or small bins.
  • books are often circulated using the honor system.
instructional uses
Instructional Uses
  • Guided Reading Programs
  • Early Intervention Programs
  • Classroom Libraries
  • Complement to Basal Programs
accelerated reader
Accelerated Reader

This program is leveled according to readability, interest and reading level.

For more information about Accelerated Reader visit Renaissance Learning.

recommendations
Recommendations

Leveling systems are not flawless.

  • Consider the student’s interest and background knowledge.
  • Often these considerations will bridge the gap between their reading level and the level of many books considered too difficult for them.
references
References

Bishop, K. & Van Orden, P. (2001) The collection program in schools: Concepts, practices, and information sources. Englewood, Colorado. Libraries Unlimited.

Coiro, J. (2002). Leveling Books to Match Readers. Retrieved March 1, 2006 from http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/1411/91865.