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1 Michal Taylor Ph.D. Reading Recovery Teacher Leader Michalangelo Enterprises LLC One of the key requirements of the Common Core Standards for Reading is that all students must be able to comprehend texts of increasing complexity as they progress through school. CCS Appendix A

2 Text Features Message & Content familiar people, objects, actions & situations familiar vocabulary pictures provide a high level of support Genre (Text Structure) simple recount, simple narrative or caption book, rhymes, songs, informational story Language Structures Word Structures oral language or very simple written language structures one or two sentence patterns which are repeated throughout with only one or two word changes maximum of 12 words/page and 50 words total common high-frequency words repeated familiar initial or final letters in key words Layout & Presentation consistent placement of print on each page clear picture-text match only 1, occasionally 2, lines of text per page 8, 12, or a maximum of 16 pages total 2

3 Text Features Message & Content reasonably familiar objects & experiences, but can be fanciful situations if grounded in familiar mostly familiar vocabulary illustrations provide moderate to high levels of support for key vocabulary Genre (Text Structure) Language Structures realistic narratives with a sequence of events, simple fantasies, simple informational books, or poetry book language structures in which oral language structures appear in dialogue; some simple literary language, eg rhyme repetitive patterns or refrains past, present, future tense; first or third person maximum 20 words/page and 150 words total Word Structures Layout & Presentation high-frequency words complex words with known phonemes, onsets & rimes, consonant blends, digraphs, inflections words can have two syllables, contractions or be compound consistent placement of print on each page at either top or bottom some degree of picture-text match line breaks determined by phrases a maximum of 7 lines/page a maximum of 32 pages in total 3

4 Text Features Message & Content Genre (Text Structure) familiar & unfamiliar objects & experiences including fantastic events mostly familiar vocabulary, but can have some unfamiliar vocabulary have moderate to no illustrative support realistic stories, fantasy, fairy tales, fables, poetry, cumulative stories, adventure stories, biographies, informational topics, magazines or newspapers Language Structures oral, book, or literary language structures, including some idiomatic expressions oral language structures in dialogue past, present or future tenses repetitive episodes and events, extended descriptions and paragraphs maximum of 50 words/page and 900 words in total Word Structures normal distribution of high-frequency words mostly readable words; challenging ones can have common root words or familiar prefixes or suffixes Layout & Presentation varied placement of text conventional and wrap-around line breaks up to 20 lines of text on page as long as a simple chapter book 4

5 Text Features Message & Content demanding ideas, language and concepts that challenge students understanding complex themes, multiple plots elaborated episodes and events convoluted relationships between characters Genre (Text Structure) fiction, narrative non-fiction, expository, procedural, memoir, autobiography, biography, poetry, plays, reports, argument, articles Language Structures literary language using similes, metaphors, pun, alliteration, assonance, onomatopoeia literary devices such as foreshadowing, voice, inference, perspective, flashback, irony, mood, symbolism, time Word Structures multisyllabic words, multiple complex phrases complex roots, prefixes & suffixes many Latin, Anglo-Saxon & Greek derivatives Layout & Presentation length, print size, layout, punctuation illustrations (if any) often go beyond the lines providing little direct support for creating the meaning of the story long chapter books with multiple lines/pages 5

6 Level Emergent (RR 1-2) Early (RR 3-11) Transitional (RR 12-20) Fluent (RR 21+) consistent placement of print on each page clear picture-text match only 1, occasionally 2, lines of text per page 8, 12, or a maximum of 16 pages total consistent placement of print on each page at either top or bottom some degree of picture-text match line breaks determined by phrases a maximum of 7 lines/page a maximum of 32 pages in total varied placement of text conventional and wrap-around line breaks up to 20 lines of text on page as long as a simple chapter book length, print size, layout, punctuation illustrations (if any) often go beyond the lines providing little direct support for creating the meaning of the story long chapter books with multiple lines/page 6

7 Level Emergent (RR 1-2) familiar people, objects, actions & situations familiar vocabulary pictures provide a high level of support Early (RR 3-11) Transitional (RR 12-20) Fluent (RR 21+) reasonably familiar objects & experiences, but can be fanciful situations if grounded in familiar mostly familiar vocabulary illustrations provide moderate to high levels of support for key vocabulary familiar & unfamiliar objects & experiences including fantastic events mostly familiar vocabulary, but can have some unfamiliar vocabulary have moderate to no illustrative support demanding ideas, language and concepts that challenge students understanding complex themes, multiple plots elaborated episodes and events convoluted relationships between characters 7

8 Level Emergent (RR 1-2) simple recount, simple narrative or caption book, rhymes, songs, informational story Early (RR 3-11) realistic narratives with a sequence of events, simple fantasies, simple informational books, or poetry book language structures in which oral language structures appear in dialogue; some simple literary language, eg rhyme Transitional (RR 12-20) realistic stories, fantasy, fairy tales, fables, poetry, cumulative stories, adventure stories, biographies, informational topics, magazines or newspapers, diary or journal Fluent (RR 21+) fiction, narrative non-fiction, expository, procedural, memoir, autobiography, biography, poetry, plays, reports,, argument, articles, parody 8

9 Level Emergent (RR 1-2) Early (RR 3-11) Transitional (RR 12-20) oral language or very simple written language structures one or two sentence patterns which are repeated throughout with only one or two word changes maximum of 12 words/page and 50 words total repetitive patterns or refrains past, present, future tense; first or third person maximum 20 words/page and 150 words total oral, book, or literary language structures, including some idiomatic expressions oral language structures in dialogue past, present or future tenses repetitive episodes and events, extended descriptions and paragraphs maximum of 50 words/page and 900 words in total Fluent (RR 21+) literary language using similes, metaphors, pun, alliteration, assonance, onomatopoeia literary devices such as foreshadowing, voice, inference, perspective, flashback, irony, mood, symbolism, time, parody adverbial, adverbial phrases 9

10 Level Emergent (RR 1-2) common high-frequency words repeated familiar initial or final letters in key words Early (RR 3-11) high-frequency words complex words with known phonemes, onsets & rimes, consonant blends, digraphs, inflections words can have two syllables, contractions or be compound Transitional (RR 12-20) normal distribution of high-frequency words mostly readable words; challenging ones can have common root words or familiar prefixes or suffixes Fluent (RR 21+) multisyllabic words, multiple complex phrases complex roots, prefixes & suffixes many Latin, Anglo-Saxon, & Greek derivatives 1 0

11 Level Emergent (RR 1-2) consistent placement of print on each page clear picture-text match only 1, occasionally 2, lines of text per page 8, 12, or a maximum of 16 pages total Early (RR 3-11) consistent placement of print on each page at either top or bottom some degree of picture-text match line breaks determined by phrases a maximum of 7 lines/page a maximum of 32 pages in total Transitional (RR 12-20) varied placement of text conventional and wrap-around line breaks up to 20 lines of text on page as long as a simple chapter book Fluent (RR 21+) length, print size, layout, punctuation illustrations (if any) often go beyond the lines providing little direct support for creating the meaning of the story long chapter books with multiple lines/page 1 1

12 Text Features Message & Content Genre (Text Structure) Calls for prior knowledge of: Key passages for comprehension Key vocabulary Picture to text support Calls for prior exposure to 1 2

13 Text Features Language Structures Language structure Sentence structure Is written in the tense and in the Person. Maximum sentence length is words. Total number of words is. Word Structures High frequency words Complex words (not in title or supported by pictures) Layout & Presentation Features of line breaks Maximum of lines of text on a page pages in total 1 3

14 Approx. grade level DRA RR Fountas& Pinnell Ready to Read Color Wheel Dev. Rdg Level Basal Levels Lexiles CCR K-Grade1 A 1 A Magenta Emergent Readiness NA K-Grade B NA Grade C Red Early PP D Yellow PP2 200L E Dk. Blue PP3 10, F Green Transitional Primer G Orange Reader H Lt. Blue Reader I 300L Grade2 18, J Purple Reader K Fluent 24,28 L Gold Reader L M Grade3 30,34,38 N Dk. Green Reader 3 500L O P Grade4 40 Q White Reader 4 600L 44+ R S Grade5 T 700L+ From: Matching Children & Books: Facilitator's Guide, Celebration Press Revised 1/1/12 1 4

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