Choosing a Short Text

Your students should ideally be reading texts at a level appropriate to their reading development, or have teaching support to help them access texts outside their normal reading range.

Choosing a text within a student's reading range


To determine a good fit between the students and the short text, you can use:
subjective data including:

  • student's prior knowledge of or interest in the topic
  • support provided during reading (e.g. the text being read aloud).

objective assesment—Short Reads Non-fiction text was assessed in three ways:

  • colour wheel/book bands
  • Reading level (as levelled by Scholastic)
  • Lexile (as levelled by MetaMetrics).

Choosing a text beyond a student's reading range


You might choose a text that is outside a student's normal range, perhaps because the text fits with a classroom study topic, or because students are not from English-speaking backgrounds.
You can support students by:

  • providing background information about the topic
  • clariftying the vocabulary in advance
  • reading the text aloud
  • using 'think aloud' techniques to model ways to access the text
  • actively engaging the students in conversation about what they've read.