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Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of March 4th

posted Mar 4, 2018, 11:58 AM by Courtney Richardson
Should we put text levels on classroom library books?

I mentioned last week that I don’t think a child’s reading level should be on a report card. I don’t think the reading level should be on classroom library books either. Picture books and novels aren’t written to match a specific text level. Picture books may look easy, but they often have challenging vocabulary. Leveling systems, including Lexile and readability formulas such as the Flesh-Kincaide, are not valid measures of a text. Text difficulty cannot be measured solely by how many words are in a sentence or how many multi-syllable words are in a passage. The difficulty of the text might arise from an unfamiliar topic, advanced sentence structure, or challenging vocabulary. I like to organize classroom libraries around topics, genres and author studies. That way, children can easily find books that match their interests. Teach children how to choose books that are appropriate for them to read.