Reading DI

The goal of level DI is for students to analyze and fully understand the information included in complex sentences and to read paragraphs precisely by breaking them down into statements.

● Level DI Goals:

  • Practice sentence structure

  • Learn to write compound and complex sentences

  • Develop reading comprehension

  • Identify a statement as a single unit of thought

  • Complete statements using words taken from the paragraphs

  • Review key vocabulary

● Good Work Skills in this level include:

  • Reading directions and examples carefully

  • Reading passages for comprehension

  • Being able to remember and completely write the correct answer or sentence

  • Using capitalization and punctuation in sentences

  • Writing neatly within the box or line provided

  • Writing the same size as the words on the page

  • Ability to correct easily and independently (don’t forget to grade every day!)

● Time goal:

  • 2-4 minutes per page

  • The study time goal is 15-20 minutes per day.

  • Your Instructor will continually adjust the pages to adhere to this goal

● Grading Reminders:

  • Students must be able to learn from their mistakes daily

  • Take the time to grade and let them find and correct their own errors independently

  • Students can use what they have learned and apply it to the next day’s assignment allowing them to move smoothly and independently through the assignments

● Grading Tip:

  • Level DI is the first level where the student does not have to write word-for-word answers

  • Do not count off for minor mistakes. For example, if the gradebook says the answer is “Jenny walked to the kitchen” and the student puts “She walked into the kitchen”, do not take points off

Reading DI/DII - Recommended Reading List

1 - Jumanji (Chris Van Allsburg)

2 - The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses (Paul Goble)

3 - Sam, Bangs & Moonshine (Evaline Ness)

4 - Many Moons (James Thurber)

5 - Eloise (Kay Thompson)

6 - Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Eleanor Coerr)

7 - The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship (Arthur Ransome)

8 - The Hundred Penny Box (Sharon Bell Mathis)

9 - Sarah, Plain and Tall (Patricia MacLachlan)

10 - The Big Wave (Pearl S. Buck)

11 - Help! I’m a Prisoner in the Library! (Eth Clifford)

12 - Ella Enchanted (Gail Carson Levine)

13 - Mama’s Bank Account (Kathryn Forbes)

14 - Henry Reed, Inc. (Keith Robertson)

15 - Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Robert C. O’Brien)

16 - The Phantom Tollbooth (Norton Juster)

17 - The Doll’s House (Rumer Godden)

18 - The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Brian Selznick)

19 - My Side of the Mountain (Jean Craighead George)

20 - The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)