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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 Books2 Book Lists Book Rating FormConversion Table Wiki DirectionsEvaluation 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 1.Independent Level Books students can read on their own with no adult help 2.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 Developmental Category Grade Level Text Measure Lexile ATOS Scale DRAFontas & Pinnell EmergentK Emergent/EarlyK/ Early C-I Early/Fluent J-M Fluent N-P Q-T U-W X-Y Advanced Fluent Z Conversion Table for Reading Levels

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

10 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 = 370LLexile = 380LLexile= 370L

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

13 Lexiles do not give any information about age appropriateness 680L

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 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 6 th grade struggling readers for 7 th grade struggling readers for 8 th grade struggling readers for 9 th grade struggling readers for 10 th grade struggling readers for 11 th grade struggling readers for 12 th grade struggling readers measures-and-the-ccssi/

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 measures-and-the-ccssi/

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 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 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 Grade L Grade L Interest Level Grades 9-12

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 Reading Level: 3.5, Lexile 630L

35 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 L G L G L G L G L

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

41 Repeat Recommendations - Movies 810L820L

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

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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

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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