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READING COUNTS! 101 The Basics by Rose Kelley. LITERACY PROGRAM AT DESOTO TRAIL Phonemic awareness--hear, identify, and manipulate sounds of spoken words.

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1 READING COUNTS! 101 The Basics by Rose Kelley

2 LITERACY PROGRAM AT DESOTO TRAIL Phonemic awareness--hear, identify, and manipulate sounds of spoken words Phonics--relationship between written letters & spoken sounds Fluency--read text accurately & quickly Vocabulary--word use Comprehension--understanding what is read

3 Techniques/Resources Used Explicit and systematic instruction using the Houghton Mifflin Reading Series Variety of short text passages in the reading series, other textbooks, Weekly Reader and Time for Kids Read alouds for modeling Extensive independent reading

4 Reading Counts! (RC!) at DeSoto Trail RC! is an independent reading program that motivates students to become avid readers. Students read books of their choice on their Lexile level and take computerized quizzes to test for comprehension. The program and its companion, Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI), were purchased by our school in 2001 to encourage more reading.

5 What is Reading Counts!? http://src.scholastic.com/ecatalog/readingcou nts/discover/index.htmhttp://src.scholastic.com/ecatalog/readingcou nts/discover/index.htm You can learn more than you ever wanted to know about RC! at:

6 What is the Lexile Framework? In the late 1970s, Jack Stenner and Malbert Smith began working on a Lexile Framework that measures reading ability and text difficulty. The Lexile Scale (number followed by an L) ranges from 200L to 1700L. The Lexile Framework judges the difficulty of words by their frequency in standard written text and the challenge of syntax by the length of sentences.

7 My child has taken the SRI and has a score…what does it mean? It is the difficulty level at which the student can easily comprehend about 75% of the text The student should read between 50L above and 100L below the Lexile measure

8 Reading is like the three bears chairs… Too hard (like Papa Bears) and the student may become frustrated and feel s/he doesnt like reading

9 Too soft (like Mama Bears) and the student may… Become too relaxed, complacent and bored Have trouble concentrating on the material for very long

10 When the text is matched to the student, it can be just right (like baby bears chair) and students have… Enough familiar text to feel competent Enough surprising vocabulary and challenging syntax to stay engaged An increased sense of mastery

11 You can learn more about the Lexile Framework at www.lexile.com

12 Parental Involvement in Learning http://www.nifl.gov/nifl/facts/parental.html The family that reads together……..

13 Using the Lexile Framework to Help Your Child Locate books within your childs Lexile range (Public Library, Desoto Trail Web site, Lexile.com Web site) Minimum of 20 minutes per day for independent reading Read challenging material aloud every day (high end of Lexile range or just above it) Think alouds for nonfiction/textbook reading Model your own reading behavior Have a variety of reading material available Make space for reading in your home Celebrate your childs reading accomplishments!

14 What do students enjoy about RC!? They get instant feedback They have control over their accounts They have choices It helps them choose appropriate books on their level They enjoy the incentives--points= ribbons, certificates, and assemblies


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