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Ministry of Education.

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Colour wheel.

Ready to Read levelled texts

Ready to Read student texts are crafted and levelled to ensure that students are presented with continual and appropriate challenges. The colour wheel indicates the level of each student text. The colour wheel levels are Magenta, Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, Orange, Turquoise, Purple, and Gold. All of the levels, except Magenta, are further divided into sub-levels to allow for a flatter gradient of text difficulty. A "G" (for guided reading) is placed within one of nine colour segments. 

Blue colour wheel.

Blue guided reading texts include some contexts and settings that are likely to be familiar but may be outside the student’s direct experience. Many high-frequency words are evident. Topic or interest words are likely to be in a student’s oral vocabulary and are strongly supported by illustrations and context.

Expected reading behaviours

Students continue to gain control of the reading process. They monitor their own reading, search for and use multiple sources of information, and self-correct errors. They recognise many high-frequency words automatically. They begin to read some sections of texts silently.

Teacher support materials and audio files

Teacher support materials explain how teachers can use the text to engage students as they develop reading processing strategies, respond to the text, and think critically. 
Please note that the Ministry is currently reviewing the Ready to Read teacher support materials (TSM) in light of the 2013/14 series review (which resulted in some texts being relevelled) and current research.  Further updates will be provided when these are available. 

Blue 1

Grandpa's birthday book cover.
Nibbles book cover.
Noisy House book cover
Skipper's happy tail, book cover.

Blue 2

I want to fly book cover.
Let's see Ling Lee book cover.
Stay Where You Are book cover.
The gardener and the scarecrow book cover.
The Missing Socks

Blue 3

No Skipper book cover.
The hissing bush book cover.
The Night the House Shook book cover.
Waiting for Rēwana Bread cover.

 

Archived texts

Following the 2013/14 review of the Ready to Read series, some texts will not be reprinted and the related TSM are shown here as “archived” . These titles can still be used as part of your classroom programme, however, current Ready to Read texts should be used for assessment purposes.

The zone of proximal development

Ready to Read texts' difficulty increases gradually in vocabulary, text length, complexity of text structure, students' familiarity with the content, and how explicitly the content is stated. This reflects the concept of the zone of proximal development (Vygotsky, 1978), the gap between what a student can do independently and what they can do with help. Teachers select texts and activities with the appropriate level of stretch for their students.

These texts are provided to all New Zealand primary schools. 
Additional copies can be ordered from the Ministry of Education resource catalogue. 
Contact  Down the Back of the Chair online or call 0800 660 662.

Updated on: 20 Nov 2014




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