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Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of October 28th

posted Oct 29, 2018, 7:40 AM by Courtney Richardson
Use text levels as a tool for selecting a book -- not for labeling a child. 
When I teach a guided reading lesson, I first consider the text level the publishing company assigned to the book. But then I look beyond the level to determine if this book is the right instructional tool for a specific group of students. Ask yourself these questions:
Does the book give students the opportunity to practice the focus strategy? 
Do they have adequate background knowledge to construct meaning?
Does the sentence structure match their language level? This is especially critical           for students who are learning English.
Also consider 
o known and unknown sight words
o vocabulary
o length
o plot, characters
o organization 
o illustrations
There is a lot to consider when choosing books for guided reading. Look beyond the level to select books that match your readers.