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How to find reading and interest levels for books?
Accelerated Reader Bookfinder
Lists reading levels and interest levels of books in the AR program. Can search by keyword to find books on a topic.
"Collections" tab lists awards list by state and category.
Lists reading levels, interest levels, and lexile for most books.
Can search by keyword to find books on a topic.
Web site with information on Lexile reading levels. Includes a title search to determine lexile levels for books.
Mackin Education Resources
Free for educators who register at this website.
Lists reading levels, interest levels, and lexile for most books. Good site to find teaching materials and guides for books.
Five Finger Rule
Pick one random page out of a book to read. Each time the child struggles with a word or skips a word, put down one finger. If you reach the end of the page before you put all five fingers down, then the book is written at a level comfortable for independent reading for that child.
A text set is a collection of sources that support a common theme, issue or topic. Text sets should include a variety of genres, text types, levels and formats.
Examples of materials to include (but are not limited to):
- fiction (novels, picture books, short stories)
- non fiction
- newspaper and magazine articles
- webcasts and podcasts
What steps are involved in putting together a text set?
- Start with the content - what do students need to know or in other words -- what do you need to teach (theme or concept)? It is helpful to have an anchor text: a complex grade-level text. The anchor text could be the focus of a close reading with instructional supports in the classroom.
- Build the text set - find material that supports the content you want to teach and want students to learn.
- Organize the texts - how and when will you use the texts?
- Creating and responding to texts - how will students work with the texts, what will they do with the texts? (Cappiello, 2013)
A few essential questions to ask and/or issues to consider when assembling a text set.
- Think about the standards. What are students expected to know and be able to do? This can dictate the topics/themes chosen.
- What do you (the teacher) want students to know (beyond the standards)?
- What topics/themes/content will engage and excite students (Cappiello, 2013)?
Cappiello, M. A., & Dawes, E. T. (2013). Teaching with text sets. Huntington Beach, Calif: Shell Education.
- primary sources (interviews, documents, artifacts)