Leveled Reading Overview
Leveled reading uses small-group instruction and developmentally appropriate books called leveled books. This approach recognizes that a wide range of reading ability exists within any grade level or age group, and that reading at the appropriate levels ensures success. Each session, 15 to 25 minutes, begins with introducing a book, eliciting prior knowledge, and building background. A child is placed in a small group with other children of similar ability and given a developmentally appropriate book to read. The teacher monitors and guides the reading of each child as needed. Discussion of the book follows, and the child keeps the book to read repeatedly. Subsequent lessons at the lower levels usually use an entirely new book.
leveling criteria for each of 27 reading levels. The books are graduated, meaning they get increasingly difficult with each succeeding level.
Projectable Book Tips guide educators to meet literacy instruction goals for fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and more. Plus, our companion, printable format extends lessons with leveled books teachers send home for student practice.
Lesson Plans and Worksheets
Guided ReadingEach leveled book is accompanied by a multiple-page lesson plan. The lessons include strategies for introducing the book and building background, strategies to use while students read, strategies and questions for after-reading discussions, and a bank of ideas for teaching a variety of skills, including phonological awareness, phonics, high-frequency words, word structure, grammar, and mechanics. Lessons also include extension activities that link to writing and other curriculum areas, such as math, science, and social studies.
Each leveled reading lesson is accompanied by up to four worksheets on comprehension and skills. The comprehension worksheet is often a graphic organizer designed to engage the reader in the reading process. The skills worksheet focuses on one of the skill-building strategies covered in the lesson.
Common Core SupplementThe most popular books at each level have a supplemental Common Core lesson plan. These plans are in addition to the regular guided reading lesson plans that accompany each book. The Common Core Supplements are designed to support teachers as they implement some of the more important shifts identified in the Common Core State Standards, such as: academic vocabulary, text-dependent questions, and a constructed response to reading based on a key question. Text-dependent questions require students to cite evidence from the text and are constructed at three levels of analysis:
Leveling CorrelationsReading A-Z’s leveling criteria are based on the scientific measurement of accepted leveling strategies.
For your convenience, we have correlated Reading A-Z levels to Reading Recovery, Fountas & Pinnell, and DRA, and we have provided a correlation chart. Reading Recovery, Fountas & Pinnell, and DRA levels are not official levels assigned to Reading A-Z books by those leveling systems. Rather, those levels are approximate correlations based on a comparison of attributes in Reading A-Z leveled books with equivalent books that have been assigned official levels by Fountas & Pinnell, Reading Recovery, and DRA. A correlation chart specific to each leveled book appears on the copyright page of each book.
AssessmentReading A-Z provides a variety of assessment tools as part of its leveled reading resources.
Assessing a Student's LevelResources to Place Students in Appropriate Level Texts
Assessing Leveled Book ComprehensionResources to Assess How Well Students Understand What They Read