Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Updates to THE READING STRATEGIES BOOK


Hello Reading Strategies Book Users!

I just got my newest printing of the Reading Strategies Book in the mail. Thank you all so much for your readership! Thanks to feedback from some of the many teachers who are using the book, I have made a few changes to the interior that I wanted to share with all of you. All of the changes were meant to help to make intentions clearer and navigation even easier. Here they are, in pictures and words:

1. On page 3 there is a “Hierarchy of Possible Goals” chart. In the first few printings, the figure is all blue. In the latest printing, we have added new color-coding. This is because I was showing some teachers at the KSRA conference how each of the goals on the hierarchy relates to one of the chapters in the rest of the book. One of the teachers seemed to have an “ah-ha!” right there and then she said, “You know what you should do? Color-code the graphic!” What brilliance. So I asked the fabulous designer of the book and she made it happen! Page 3<–Click here

2. The overview pages of each of the goal chapters, and the “level” category in each margin, now have a level range that starts with a level and ends with a level. For example, instead of saying “any” you’ll find “A-Z+”; instead of saying “M and above” it will say “M-Z+” The reason for this change is that there were several people who didn’t understand that “and above” meant “all the way up!” and they thought it was just around the starting level. Hopefully this clears it up! I’m attaching the sample overview from chapter 6, Character. Page 165 <–Click here

3. I have added a level correlation chart as an appendix at the end of the book (see attached photo of that new page). This one people may want to print out and stick in their books. I made this change because of a few questions I got with people who were entirely unfamiliar with the F&P leveling system. “How does this correlate to Lexiles?” some asked, while others said, “We don’t use levels at all. How do I know what’s appropriate for Grade ___?” I have to say this change was a hard one to make. As you’ll read in the opening paragraphs, there are a gazillion versions of level correlation charts available with a simple Google search. I tried to take the average and use my best sense, and I hope that this general guide helps people match strategies to their readers. Page 378 <–Click here

In sum, I hope these changes help make things easier and clearer for all of you whether or not you have the newest printing. And if your colleague’s book looks a little different than yours, you now know why. Thanks again for all the love and support for this book! I’m so glad it’s helping your readers.
All my best (and Happy Thanksgiving!)