What does it mean for a student to be a proficient reader? Proficient readers can not only decode sound-letter arrangements, they can also put sounds into words, understand word meanings, and how words combine to create meaning.
The Stages of Reading Proficiency
Raz-Plus builds proficient readers by helping students develop skills at every learning level. Raz-Plus resources are developed for 29 reading levels, ensuring that you can find the right lesson plan, activity, or book for all of your students. Access free samples of Raz-Plus' leveled resources.
At the early emergent level, students begin to learn sound/symbol relationships as they develop phonological awareness skills and recognize phonemes, syllables, and rhyme.
Students moving up to the emergent level learn to identify high-frequency words, and they develop an understanding of the alphabet, early phonics, and phonological awareness.
As students transition from the emergent level to early fluency, they focus on decoding the meanings of groups of words, sentences, and passages.
Fluent readers can read to learn, and they read with greater expression and confidence in multiple genres about a variety of topics.
Growing Proficient Readers
The key to growing proficient readers is blending teacher-led instruction, independent student practice, assessment, and reporting. Raz-Plus' interactive, digital platform blends these components to put students on the path to learning success. Download free samples of our blended learning resources.
Effective teaching is fundamental to guiding students to reading proficiency, and Raz-Plus has tools that ensure instruction reaches all students. Raz-Plus’ technology-enhanced features, like projectable leveled books with interactive text mark-up tools, make it easier for teachers to model reading and critical thinking strategies.
With Raz-Plus, students can build upon teacher-led instruction with independent practice that helps them gain reading confidence and take charge of their own learning. Raz-Plus’ leveled printable, projectable, and digital resources include eBooks, quizzes, and activity sheets. This array of materials provides learner-centered practice for students at all levels. Students working independently have 24/7 access to a variety of level-appropriate texts.
With printable and online assessments and quizzes that promote critical thinking and close reading, Raz-Plus can be used to place students at the appropriate reading level and evaluate students’ progress toward proficiency. The Raz-Plus teacher portal displays student scores and allows you to personalize messages to students.
As students practice independently and complete targeted assessments, Raz-Plus allows you to create detailed reports that show how individual students and the class as a whole are advancing in reading proficiency. Raz-Plus’ reporting options include data about student activity that helps you identify students’ learning gaps and plan future instruction that addresses those gaps.
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