Step 1: Choose a Skill and Lesson
Step 2: Choose an Article:
- Level 1: approximate Lexile measure 500-700; approximate reading level 3-4 grade
- Level 2: approximate Lexile measure 700-900; approximate reading level 5-6 grade
- Level 3: approximate Lexile measure over 900; approximate reading level 7-10 grade
Note: These articles are fiction, but they are written to be read and used as non-fiction. Many of the stories have their basis in a real event or situation, but the names, places and details have been changed. As much as possible, statistics in the articles are true so that classroom discussion isn’t guided by false information.
For older and more advanced students, these articles can be great resources for a lesson on validity of a source. Ask students: How do you know if what is written here is true? Can you believe what you read?
Step 3: Assign Students:
- Use assessment data and classroom performance to determine the most effective level for each child to work.
- Assign each student the level of article most appropriate for that individual student. All students can read about the same story and practice the same skills using reading materials that are at their own level so they are able to learn more (See Zone of Proximal Development)
- Be flexible. If a student is struggling or needs more of a challenge, adjust his/her assigned work accordingly.