Magenta guided reading texts include mostly familiar topics and contexts.
Literacy instruction for a beginning reader starts with a rich framework of being read to, language experience, and shared reading and writing. This continues alongside guided reading instruction – introduced when students have developed some confidence with books, have a sense of story, and are beginning to attend to print.
As students acquire the relevant foundational skills and knowledge, they need to move on quickly from this level so they can start to build reading processing systems. There is now just one level at Magenta so that students move quickly from these beginning texts to engage with longer narrative texts at Red.
Students do not need to know a particular number of high-frequency words before moving to Red.
Expected reading behaviours
Students develop early concepts about print, gain control over one-to-one matching, expect text to make sense and sound right, and start to build a reading vocabulary of high-frequency words.
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.
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.