It’s important for teachers to assess the skills and strategies a child uses as she reads to determine whether or not a child is ready to move on to the next level of “just right” texts. This document is designed to be a tool for helping teachers make this determination.
The left side column contains a description of the text characteristics in each of the levels, and the right side column lists skills and strategies that you want to see your students using consistently when reading books within that level. When a child does demonstrate mastery of and consistency with the skills and strategies within a level, the child is most likely ready to move on to the next level. The child may need support as she moves to a new level of difficulty, and one of the best ways to offer support is to provide a book introduction. These can be incorporated into guided reading sessions or given when the child takes new books at the new level for independent reading workshop time.