Using Reading A-Z and Raz Kids’ New on Your Own Area

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As a Reading A-Z user, you understand how important is to have a wealth of resources available to meet the needs of every students. Now, with the addition Raz Kids you can have access to a full reading solution that helps you serve your students like never before. Raz kids houses hundreds of animated books spread over 27 levels of difficulty enabling students to practice reading anytime anywhere. On the site, students have the option of listening, reading, taking a comprehension quiz and while reading they can record themselves helping them increase their comprehension and fluency. Raz Kids also provides you with various reports that allow you to easily progress monitor students’ growth keep students accountable for completing assignments and help you determine the instruction needed for each student.

Just this month, we have added a new feature called On Your Own. For educators that have subscriptions to both Reading A-Z and Raz Kids. The On Your Own area contains all of the level books from Reading A-Z also at 27 level of difficulty. Each book in the On Your Own area is accompanied with an online quiz that your students can take anytime anywhere. Best of all, each quiz question has been tagged with a specific comprehension skill. So after the students take the quiz, you are provided with the detailed report of not only the students score but also a list of skills he or she need additional instruction on.

Just the tip, once you review what skills each student needs additional instruction on, you can use the search feature on Reading A-Z to help you find books with lesson plans and other resources to teach and reinforce these missed skills. You have reading A-Z and now by adding Raz Kids you get a reading solution that is much more than the sum of its two parts. Reading A-Z and Raz Kids work together to give you everything you need to teach you reading to every student.

The books in Reading A-Z and Raz Kids use Learning A-Z Text Leveling System in arranging the books. This system is used to measure the text complexity to support the different instruction. Learning A-Z Text Leveling System uses qualitative and quantitative leveling criteria in measuring the complexity of text. The qualitative measures are the attributes of text which can only be evaluated by a human reader and it includes some factors such as the purpose of writer, meaning level, text structure, convention of language, clarity of language, demands of knowledge, and the importance and complexity of visual devices. Meanwhile, quantitative measures are the measurements of text statistically. The quantitative measures include some factors like the length of average sentence, the total of syllables per word, and the number of the words which are different.

Teacher also will use their professional judgement of additional qualitative criteria together with the consideration of reader and task to determine whether an individual book that is in given level is suitable for a student or not.

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