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Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of January 15th

posted Jan 14, 2017, 5:57 AM by Courtney Richardson

Grade-Level Texts

Teachers in some areas of the country have told me they can only use grade-level texts with their students, regardless of their instructional reading level. Seriously? If you are working with struggling readers, and you give them a text that is above their reading level, who’s going to be reading it? What kind of engagement will you see? How long before they become frustrated and unmotivated? Students will not progress with a steady dose of texts that are too difficult for them to read. We must begin where the child is and ramp up their proficiencies by gradually increasing text complexity and reducing teacher scaffolding. “Think of it this way: If struggling readers spend their days in classrooms where only grade-level texts (or higher) are used, they are wasting most of their day (Allington, R. (2009). What really matters in response to intervention, p. 4)