Reading A-Z resources organized into weekly content-based units and differentiated instruction options.
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Reading A-Z's English leveled books have been carefully written in accordance with standardized Learning A-Z Text Leveling System and quality checked with custom software.
Leveled books are available in a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction genres and strengthen connections in literacy and content-area instruction.
Many are also available in Spanish, French,
British English, Polish, Ukrainian,
Leveled books are used in guided reading, or leveled reading, small-group instruction. This approach recognizes that a wide range of reading ability exists within any grade level or age group. Students are placed in similar-ability groups and given developmentally appropriate books to read.
Some leveled books are also supported by fluency practice passages, reader's theater scripts, a writer's response activity, a literature circle journal, or might be part of a paired book set or other collection.
ALL the resources that support a book can be found on its home page.
Reading A-Z leveled books come in an array of options to meet independent, small-group, and whole-class objectives.
Printable Books for use in class or to send home for practice can be printed in color, black and white, and as single-sided or double-sided.
Projectable Books integrate technology and reading curriculum. ALL books are available in this format for digital projectors and interactive whiteboards. Projectable Book Tips show educators various ways to meet literacy goals for fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and more.
Multilevel Books support mixed-level classes by providing the same book at different levels. Group students according to skill level, but introduce comprehension skills and reading strategies to the whole class.
Pocketbooks fit in a pocket—the perfect size for students to take home for additional reading practice or to make notes or reinforce grammar skills.
Wordless books allow students to use imagination to tell their own story with a book's illustrations or support retelling of the original text at Levels aa-J. The Wordless Book Lesson provides suggested skills and strategies.
Each guided reading session, which takes from 15 to 25 minutes, begins with introducing a book, eliciting prior knowledge, and building background. Students are placed in similar-ability groups and given developmentally appropriate books to read. The teacher monitors and guides each student's reading as needed. Discussion follows, and each student keeps the book to read repeatedly. Subsequent lessons at the lower levels usually use an entirely new book.
Lessons, worksheets, discussion cards, and comprehension Quick Check quizzes support and guide instruction for leveled books in English. Worksheets, discussion cards, and comprehension quizzes specific to each language also accompany many books in Spanish, French, and British English.
Leveled Book Lessons
Guided Reading Lessons
Up to four worksheets on comprehension and other literacy skills support each lesson. One worksheet is often a graphic organizer designed to engage students in the reading process.
Common Core Supplement
The most popular books at each level have a supplemental Common Core lesson. These plans are in addition to the regular guided reading lessons 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:
Quick Checks for Assessing Leveled Book Comprehension
Comprehension Quizzes are a fast, easy way to assess how well students comprehend their reading and are great resources for text-dependent questions.
Multiple-choice questions encompass a range of cognitive rigor and depth of knowledge. Quizzes at Level C and above also include at least one extended response, or essay, question, that require students to answer in writing an open-ended question using sound reasoning. The questions encourage critical and inferential thinking and allow teachers to measure skills that are difficult to assess with multiple-choice questions.
Quick Check Comprehension Quizzes accompany every leveled book from Level A to Level Z and most of the serial books.
Discussion Cards promote critical thinking, collaboration, and discussion among small groups or entire classes of students. Many discussion questions focus on text-dependent questions.
Each discussion card is tagged with the specific reading skill it targets. These include such skills as:
Reading A-Z's Authentic UK Leveled Books have been carefully written in accordance with standardized
Leveling Criteria and quality checked with custom software.
UK Translated Leveled Books were created by reviewing the English and UK leveling criteria as part of the
translation process. Some books might have UK levels that vary slightly from the English level. Because Learning A-Z's
translations mirror the content and structure of the original text while reflecting the natural flow of the target language and
incorporating developmentally appropriate sentence structure and vocabulary, a UK translation's final level will be
accurate for students learning to read in UK.
Each guided reading session takes about 15 to 20 minutes and emphasizes higher-order thinking skills while providing the opportunity for deeper understanding of the text.
Students are placed in similar-ability groups and given developmentally appropriate books to read. The teacher monitors and guides each student's reading as needed.
Discussion follows, and each student keeps the book to read repeatedly. Subsequent lessons at the lower levels usually use an entirely new book.
The English lesson plan can provide ideas or support during instruction of the UK book.
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