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  • Reading Level

  • VELS Reading Progression Point

Global Statement - Transitional

  • In this phase, readers are beginning to in integrate strategies to identify unknown words and to comprehend text. These strategies, combined with an increasing bank of sight words, enable readers to read texts such as novels, newspapers and websites with familiar content fluently and with expression. Transitional readers reflect on strategies and are beginning to discuss their effectiveness.

  • Notes on reading behaviors

Use of texts

  • Reads and demonstrates comprehension of texts by:
    - Identifying the main idea, citing supporting detail.
    - Selecting events from a text to suit a specific purpose
    - Linking ideas, both explicit and implicit, in a text, e.g. cause and effect

  • Locates and selects texts appropriate to the purpose and audience

Contextual understanding

  • Recognizes own interpretation may differ from that of other readers or the author

  • Recognizes devices that the authors and illustrators use to influence construction of meaning

  • Recognizes that the author and illustrator attempt to position the readers

  • Recognizes how characters or people, facts and events are represented and can speculate about the author's choices

Conventions

  • Recognizes an increasing bank of words in different contexts

  • Explains how known text forms vary by using knowledge of:
    - Purpose
    - Text structure
    - Text organization
    - Language features

Processes and strategies

  • Draws on an increasing knowledge base to comprehend, e.g. Text structure and organization, grammar, vocabulary

  • Uses an increasing range of strategies to comprehend

  • Determines unknown words by using word identification strategies, e.g. Reading on, re-reading.

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