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1 Books for Struggling Readers Grades 5-12 IRC Conference 2012
Studies and Research Committee Thursday, March 15, 1:45-2:45, Center B 4W Chair: Elizabeth Goldsmith-Conley Boomer Crotty Pamela Godt Katie Ludes Karen Walker

2 Agenda Introductions Handouts
Picking Appropriate Books 2 Book Lists Book Rating Form Conversion Table Wiki Directions Evaluation Form Audience Book Suggestions Defining struggling versus reluctant readers Strategies for picking appropriate books Wiki - sample page Book presentations Filling out Audience Suggestion Form/ Audience suggestions Evaluation/ Book Rating Form

3 Finding Appropriate Books for the Struggling Reader
Choosing the right level Independent Level Books students can read on their own with no adult help Instructional Level Books students can read with a little adult help 3. Frustration Level Books that are too hard

4 Independent Level The text is relatively easy for the reader. Student can read 99% of the words successfully. No more than approximately 1 in 100 words are difficult for the reader . Students can comprehend 80% of the content.

5 Instructional Level The text is challenging but manageable for the reader. No more than approximately 1 in 20 words are difficult for the reader. Students can read 95% of the words successfully. Students can comprehend 75% of the content.

6 Frustration Level The text is too difficult for the reader. At least 1 in 10 words are difficult for the reader. Students can read less than 90% of the words successfully. Students can comprehend less than 60% of the content.

7 Richard Allington At a 99% accuracy rate, students will still make errors on about 4 or more words per page. If there are 300 pages in the book, this means they will make 1200 errors during their reading of the book—this will cause a loss of comprehension and confusion/dis-traction/poor understanding.

8 Conversion Table for Reading Levels Developmental Category
Grade Level Text Measure Lexile ATOS Scale DRA Fontas & Pinnell Emergent K Emergent/Early K/1 Early 1 13-16 C-I Early/Fluent 2 2.-3.4 17-28 J-M Fluent 3 29-38 N-P 4 40-44 Q-T 5 44-50 U-W 6 50-60 X-Y Advanced Fluent 7 60-70 Z 8 70-80 8+

9 How is a text's Lexile measure determined?
Lexile Level How is a text's Lexile measure determined? Sources:

10 semantic difficulty (word frequency)
Lexile measures are based on two well-established predictors of how difficult a text is to comprehend: semantic difficulty (word frequency) syntactic complexity (sentence length).

11 Examples: Second Grade Shorter Sentences and Frequently Repeated Words
Lexile = 370L Lexile = 380L Lexile= 370L

12 Examples: Upper Grades Longer Sentences, More Complex Words
880L-950L 1300 1410

13 Lexiles do not give any information about age appropriateness

14 Many other factors affect the relationship between a reader and a book, including its content, the age and interests of the reader, and the design of the actual book. The Lexile text measure is a good starting point in the book-selection process, with these other factors then being considered.

15 Source: Renaissance Learning
ATOS Levels ATOS Factors = Average Sentence Length + Average Word Length + Vocabulary Grade Level + The Number of Words in a Book Source: Renaissance Learning

16 Suggested Lexile Matches (If you don’t know your student’s exact level)
for 6th grade struggling readers for 7th grade struggling readers for 8th grade struggling readers for 9th grade struggling readers for 10th grade struggling readers for 11th grade struggling readers for 12th grade struggling readers

17 If you do know your student’s lexile
The suggested range of texts you give them should be between 50L above their lexile measure and and 100L lower

18 The Five Finger Rule Choose a book Open it anywhere Make a fist
Start to read a page Put a finger up for each hard word 1 finger = too easy, try another book 2-3 fingers = just right, try another page to be sure 4-5 fingers = too hard

19 Professional Books That Can Help You Make a Difference

20 100 Cupboards by N.D, Wilson Interest Level: Grades 6 –8
Reading Level: Grade 3.7 Lexile 650 L

21 Blood on the River: James Town 1607 by Elisa Carbone
Interest Level: Gr 6 – 8 Reading Level: Gr 4.8 Lexile 820L Genre: Adventure, Science Fiction and Fantasy

22 Breathing Underwater by Alex Finn
Interest Level: Grs Reading Level: Gr 7.1, Lexile 510, Guided Reading NR

23 Chicken Boy by Frances O’Roark Dowell
Interest Level: Grade 6 – 8 Reading Level: Grade 5.1 Lexile 860L

24 Crank by Ellen Hopkins Interest Level: Gr Reading Level: 6.8 Genre: Realistic fiction, drugs, teenage pregnancy,

25 Crossing the Wire by Gary Hobbs
Interest Level: Gr 6 - 8 Reading Level: Grade 4.4 Lexile: 670L

26 Deadly Stranger by Peg Kehret
Interest Level: Gr 3 – 7 Reading Level: Gr 3-4 Lexile 730L

27 The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
Interest Level: Gr 9 -12 Reading Level: Gr 4.5 Lexile 790L

28 Fever of 1673 by Laurie Halse Anderson
Interest Level Grades 7-9 Reading Level Grade 7.6 Lexile 580L

29 Gym Candy and Night Hoops by Carl Deuker
Interest Level Grades 9-12 Grade 6.2 630 L Grade 3.7 710L

30 Guys Read: Thriller edited by Jon Scieszka
Interest Level: Gr 4-7 Reading Level: Gr 3+

31 Haunting of Hawthorn by Anne Schraff
Interest Level: Gr 9-12 Reading Level: Gr 3.5, Lexile 510, GR NR

32 Inside Out by Terry Trueman
Interest Level: Gr 9-12 Reading Level: Gr 5.6 Lexile 710L Guided Reading NR

33 Invisible by Pete Hautman
Interest Level Grades 9-12 Reading Level Lexile 730L Grade 4.1 DRA

34 Mockingbird by Katherine Erskine
Interest Level: Gr 6 - 8 Reading Level: 3.5, Lexile 630L

35 Interest Level: Reading Level:
Hank Zipzer #1 Niagara Falls, or Does It? by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver Interest Level: Grades: 3-5 Reading Level: Lexile 610L Guided Reading Level R Grade 4.1

36 Notes From a Midnight Driver
Interest Level: Grade 7 - Grade 12 Reading Level: , Lexile 930L

37 On the Run: Chasing the Falconers
Interest Level: Grade 4-8 (might be 6-8 depend-ing on parental views) Reading Level: Grade 3.7 Lexile 680L Guided Reading R

38 White Fox Chronicles Interest Level: Grades 4-7 Reading Level:
Lexile 600L Grade 4.8

39 Repeat Recommendations
G 9-12 590L G 6-8 670L G 6-8 810L G 8-12 850L G 3-5 950L

40 Repeat Recommendations Bluford High Series of 18 Books
Interest Level Grades 9-12 Reading Level Grade 5 Lexile Range

41 Repeat Recommendations - Movies
810L 820L

42 Supplemental Bibliography
Book Lists and Sites Found in Course of Doing Research for this Workshop Principle of Selection Upper Grades Interest Level Low Lexile Rating

43 To see summaries Go to Google and type in “struggling readers wiki” or go to ircstrugglingreaders.wikispaces.com To be able to add your own suggestions and/or comments join our wiki. If you do not already have a wiki account, you will need to create an account with a user name and password that remains private and is never used for spam. You will then be able to join our wiki and add to our pages.

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49 Book Suggestions Forms
What books have you used that work with struggling readers? We will add it to our inventory and place results on the Wiki. Thanks for your help!

50 Sharing Your Suggestions
What books have you used? - Title - Author - Audience the book is recommended for. - Why do you recommend the book? We will add it to our inventory and place results on the Wiki. Thanks for your help!

51 Audience Suggestions

52 Workshop Evaluation What was the most useful part of today’s session?
What would have made it more useful? What is one idea or book you think you will definitely be using in the future?


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