Arlene is on the SCENE

Arlene Books Now “Leveled”

Posted on: August 6, 2013

Both Arlene On the Scene and Arlene, the Rebel Queen have been officially leveled!

We have always envisioned both books to be a valuable addition to the language arts curriculum. Thus we knew it was important to have them assessed using the  F&P Text Level Gradient  Leveling System developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. This comprehensive leveling system is used by major publishers of materials for schools, including Scholastic, Houghton Mifflin and McGraw Hill. The levels in the F&P Text Level Gradient™ are based on ten text factors including Genre/Form, Text Structure, Content, Themes and Ideas, Language and Literary, Features, Sentence Complexity, Vocabulary, Words, Illustrations, and Book and Print Features. With this leveling assessment, educators can be confident that the books are appropriate for their students for guided reading lessons, such as the detailed lessons provided in our Revised Teacher’s Guide. It is an essential part of the Common Core State Standards for educators to provide texts of increasing complexity and to utilize guided reading to improve comprehension and critical reading skills.

Arlene On the Scene was assessed at a Level P, and Arlene, the Rebel Queen was assessed at a Level Q. A guide as to how these levels correspond to grade levels can be found in the F&P Text Level Ladder of Progress.

We also recognize that both parents and teachers may need a sense of where these books fall as an independent reading choice. Thus we had our books assessed by Metametrics®. Their Lexile® Framework for Reading evaluates reading ability and text complexity on the same developmental scale and is the industry standard for matching readers to texts.  Arlene On the Scene was measured at 730L and Arlene, the Rebel Queen was measured at 750L.

We hope that these assessments assist parents and educators in choosing our books for home and classroom libraries. As always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like more information about our books and free school presentations.


1 Response to "Arlene Books Now “Leveled”"

This is great news. Happy for you to reach your goals.
Cynthia in Uxbridge, MA

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