n Mousaion - Texts for guided reading : selecting books with an appropriate gradient of difficulty
|Article Title||Texts for guided reading : selecting books with an appropriate gradient of difficulty|
|© Publisher:||UNISA Press|
|Affiliations||1 Stellenbosch University|
|Publication Date||Jan 2011|
|Pages||282 - 297|
|Keyword(s)||Book levels, Gradients of difficulty, Guided reading, Reading strategies and Text gradient|
This article discusses observational data obtained from research projects in the Western Cape which indicate that children are often given books to read that do not support their reading development. The data suggest that teachers need more information on leveling texts according to a gradient of difficulty. After briefly discussing two approaches to establishing gradients of difficulty in texts, the article proposes that the "little books" concept was an important breakthrough in designating difficulty levels to books. It recommends that teacher education models should include courses on evaluating gradients of difficulty in texts. In addition, the article suggests that teacher education models should include school and university partnerships. It concludes by stating that more research is needed to develop a common leveling system for local schools, which is comparable to international text gradients.
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