Level Your Classroom Library for Reading Workshop
- Grades: 3–5
Students need to be reading at their “just right” level during the independent reading block of Reading Workshop, so they need to be able to locate appropriate books without spending hours browsing the library. This means it is important to level at least part of your library.
As students develop strong interests in literature, it is also important that your classroom library is organized in a way that they can easily find their favorite series books, favorite genres, and specific topics without having to search for extended periods of time.
When I feel a child is ready to move to a new level (or when a child feels that he or she is ready to move up to a new level), the student completes what I call a "trial read." The student reads a chapter book at the new level and fills out a Trial Book form. When he or she finishes the book, I then meet with that child to discuss the book and assess his or her comprehension of the text.