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Why provide StoryBytes with Illustrations?
StoryBytes (and InfoBytes) were originally developed to provide teachers with short pieces of text ideally suited to Comprehension Strategy Instruction during guided reading lessons. These texts are particularly effective when using our approach as outlined in SharpReading Stages 3-6.
However, many older students have not yet developed decoding fluency and the teacher needs picture prompts to scaffold the constructing of meaning process while the reader works hard on decoding.
Providing our three lowest levels (Levels 1, 3 and 5) with these picture prompts creates a much asked for resource - age appropriate text for decoding instruction with more mature themes for older readers. Of course these can also be used with younger readers who are progressing normally but are not yet ready for comprehension instruction with no picture prompts.
These resources are an important part of our Struggling Older Reader program and are included as part of the training package when you purchase our "Helping the Struggling Older Reader ONLiNE Course" or attend a Webinar / Workshop.
What does Level 0 mean?
First of all, please note that the stories at each level are the same stories, but written at different levels of difficulty.
Our texts at Levels 1, 3 and 5 are carefully levelled using a wide range of well recognised text levelling procedures. Teachers have often commented that while they appreciate having text for older students written at a 7-8 yr old level, they still have students who find this text too hard.
Level 0 has been added as something to meet that requirement; text that has a reading age of less than 7. For this reason we have not tried to identify an exact reading age, we have just made it easier than RA 7-8 by shortening the content, simplifying some of the sentences and reducing the vocabulary loading just a little.