IR

Independent Reading Information

Good News! Every day, all year long, your child is learning the skills that you see on the IR Tests. They should be pros by the end of sixth grade.

 Independent Reading Due Dates for IR Tests:
February 1st

FICTION BOOK DUE

Students must read one fiction and one non-fiction book book per quarter in THAT order.  IR Tests should be worked on as the student reads the book. These count as test grades, but they are open-book tests! Tests are to be turned in on the due dates as shown to the left.
March 2nd

NON-FICTION BOOK DUE

Please note the UNACCEPTABLE book list below.

Unacceptable books for Quarter 3:

  • Fiction: Graphic Novels or other books with speech bubbles or comic strips, including Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dork Diaries, or any other similarly fashioned book.
  • Non-Fiction: “Who Was…” books, as shown in the picture to the right:

Your child should select a novel to read for fiction, and a substantial non-fiction book at a grade 6 reading level: Lexile levels 855 to 1165. Click here for Lexile info.

Click here for a great list of non-fiction books at the 6th grade reading level.

Reading Levels

Independent reading level is the highest level at which a reader has adequate background knowledge for the topic, and can access text very quickly and with very few errors. Think of independent level as the highest level you would ask a child to read without help. This is the reading level for IR.

Instructional reading level is the highest level at which a reader is not independent, but has adequate background knowledge for a topic, and can access text quickly and with no or few errors. Think of independent level as the highest level you would ask a child to read with only a small amount of assistance. The vast majority of text that a child reads during the school day should not exceed this level.

Frustration reading levels include text for which a reader does not have adequate background level for a topic and/or cannot meet criteria for instructional levels of accuracy and rate. Think of frustration levels as those levels that require extensive or even moderate assistance from an educator. To get a sense of frustration level text, think about a skill or ability for which you have expertise (e.g., skiing, knitting, writing, playing a musical instrument). It is very likely that you developed this ability gradually, and with assistance. You took on more challenging levels when you had mastered your current level. Now imagine being a beginner again, and facing advanced, or even intermediate level tasks every day. Would working at “frustration level” help you to make progress? What might happen to your motivation for learning? Differentiating reading activities and choosing good-fit books is important for reading success. If you ever feel like your child has selected a book that is at their frustration level, please let me know so we can select a better book in plenty of time to succeed with IR.

CALENDAR FOR IR TEST SUCCESS

QUARTER 2:  FICTION BOOK, DUE February 1st

GUIDELINES for finished IR Test:

  • If possible, it is preferred that you complete your IR Test online on CANVAS.
  • Include a title page with your name, number, the genre of your book (fiction), and the title and author of your book.
  • Neat, legible handwriting if turning in a paper copy, and no scribbles or torn paper allowed.
  • Each response should be numbered to correspond with the question being answered.
  • -5 points for every day late
Date: To Do:
January 8 Book chosen and reported to Mrs. Ray; book started.
January 12 1/3 through book
January 19 2/3 through book
January 26 Finished book
Jan. 29 -31 IR Test worked on daily
February 1 Turn it in.
QUARTER 2:  NON-FICTION BOOK, DUE March 2nd

GUIDELINES for finished IR Test:

  • If possible, it is preferred that you complete your IR Test online on CANVAS.
  • Include a title page with your name, number, the genre of your book (non-fiction), and the title and author of your book.
  • Neat, legible handwriting if turning in a paper copy, and no scribbles or torn paper allowed.
  • Each response should be numbered to correspond with the question being answered.
  • -5 points for every day late
Date: To Do:
February 5 Book chosen and reported to Mrs. Ray; book started.
February 9 1/3 through book
February 16 2/3 through book
February 23 Finished book
Feb. 28 – March 1 IR Test worked on daily
March 2 Turn it in.

How are these graded? Knowing that can help students turn in a completely answered test. Download the scoring rubrics here:

Download the tests here:

If your child qualifies for a “modified” test, you can see it or download it here:

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