Early Literacy Intervention:
Expanding Expertise and Impact

a Reading Recovery initiative in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education

The goal of this initiative is to focus on developing highly effective teachers and resources for schools for improving the reading and writing abilities of students.
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Selecting Texts That Are
Just Right


Module Focus
The importance of selecting books that are just right for young readers, considerations for book selection, and the critical role of the book introduction in making books accessible and successful for the readers


Key Points for Teachers
The texts that teachers select should be ‘just right’ for children. They should be interesting and offer an appropriate level of challenge — not too easy and not too hard. Texts should be within each child’s control and encourage successful problem solving.

After carefully selecting an appropriate text, effective teachers think about the best way to help children orient themselves to this particular text. Introductions will vary according to the text itself and the knowledge the children bring to the text.

The ultimate goal is for children to learn how to take over the responsibility for orienting themselves to new texts as they enjoy becoming successful and independent readers.


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