How to Pick a Just Right Book

EASY: Holiday or Vacation Books

*you can read the words fluently (smooth and with an interesting voice)

*you know how to say all the words

*you have a lot of background knowledge for the subject

*sometimes the book has a larger font

*you totally understand the story

*your reading rate may be quicker

*your thinking comes easy as you read the words

CHALLENGING

*many of the words are too hard to decode (failed a five finger test)

*you don’t know what the tricky words MEAN

*your reading becomes choppy more than it is fluent

*you don’t have any background knowledge for the subject

*you lose focus as you are reading (day dream)

*you are not enjoying the book because you have to do too much word work (you can’t get in “the zone”)

*your thinking is confused

*your reading rate slows way down

 

JUST RIGHT

*you can read most of the words

*you can understand what you are reading

*you enjoy the book (you stay “in the zone”)

*you may have some background knowledge for the subject

*you can read the book with smooth fluency but there are some choppy places

*your reading rate is just right- not too slow and not too fast

*you can figure out the tricky words and still get the meaning of the story