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Raz-Plus provides rich, high-quality printable, projectable, and electronic books at 29 levels of text complexity.
These consistently and accurately leveled books progressively increase in difficulty to help students improve comprehension
and fluency. Students can read texts at their level and in their areas of interest anytime with 24/7 Web access to get the
practice they need to become better, more confident readers.
Each leveled book has been carefully leveled using stringent guidelines and the proprietary, best-in-class Learning A-Z Text Leveling System to ensure accuracy and consistency.
The range of fiction and nonfiction text types ensure that students can find topics that appeal to them while also connecting literacy and content-area instruction.
Many leveled books are translated in several world languages, including Spanish, French,
British English, Polish, Ukrainian,
There can be a broad range of reading ability within any group of students. The guided reading, or leveled reading, instructional approach allows teachers to place students into small groups and provide each group with developmentally appropriate texts.
The eBooks and eQuizzes provide opportunities for independent practice following each guided reading session or anytime a student has access to the Internet through a computer or tablet.
Some leveled books are also supported by fluency practice passages, reader's theater scripts, a
writer's response activity, a
literature circle journal,
or might be part of a paired book set or other collection. ALL resources that support a book can be found on its homepage.
Raz-Plus leveled books come in different formats to meet independent, small-group, and whole-class objectives.
Printable Books can be used in class or sent home for practice. Color, black and white, single-sided, and double-sided printed options are available.
Projectable Books can be used with digital projectors and interactive white boards.
Projectable Book Tips explain how to reach objectives for fluency, vocabulary, comprehension,
grammar, and more using the tools provided.
Projectable Book Tips guide educators
to meet literacy goals for fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and more.
Listen eBooks provide models of fluency with a natural voice and highlight words, phrases,
or sentences as they are read for students to follow along. Many lower level Listen eBooks provide engaging animation and sound effects.
Read eBooks allow students to read silently, whisper read, or record their reading using a
headset or a computer's microphone and our built-in recording tools. Students can send these practice recordings
to your Kids A-Z In Basket so you can check their fluency progress. You can also download and save the recordings
to your computer as MP3 audio files.
Multilevel Books allow students who read at different levels to enjoy the same book.
Group students according to skill level, but introduce comprehension skills and reading strategies to the whole class.
Pocketbooks are the ideal size for students to take home for extra practice.
Wordless books let students use their imaginations by letting them tell their own stories with a book's illustrations. The Wordless books can also support retellings of the original text from levels aa–J. The Wordless Book Lessons provide suggested skills and strategies.
Leveled Book Lessons
Guided Reading Lessons
Common Core Supplement
The Common Core Supplement plans provide additional focused instructional content to the regular guided
reading lessons. These plans support teachers in meeting objectives identified in the Common Core State Standards,
such as: academic vocabulary, text-dependent questions, and a constructed response to reading based on a key question.
Text-dependent questions require students to cite evidence from the text and are constructed at three levels of analysis:
Quick Checks for Assessing Leveled Book Comprehension
Available in printable, projectable, and eQuiz format, the Comprehension Quick Check quizzes provide text-dependent
questions for an easy way to assess student understanding.
Additional eQuiz Information
Discussion Cards support critical thinking, collaboration, and discussion among small groups or entire classes. Many discussion questions focus on text-dependent questions.
Each discussion card is tagged with the specific reading skill it targets. These include such skills as:
Raz-Plus English leveled books have been carefully written using stringent guidelines and the proprietary, best-in-class Leveling System to ensure accuracy and consistency.
English translators closely review the English Leveling Criteria as part of the translations process, but some books might seem easier or more difficult in English than their English level specifies.
Teachers can use the English levels on the English books as a reference point, but should use their professional knowledge when determining which English Translated Leveled Books are the best fit for individual students.
Each guided reading session takes about 15 to 20 minutes and emphasizes higher-order thinking skills while providing the opportunity for deeper understanding of the text.
Guided reading begins with an introduction of the book and discussion to build background.
Students are placed in similar-ability groups and given developmentally appropriate books to read. The teacher monitors and guides each student's progress and reading as needed.
Discussion focuses on text-dependent questions which require students to cite evidence from one or more sections of the text to formulate responses.
The English lesson plan can provide ideas or support during instruction of the English book.
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