How to Determine the Reading Level of a Book

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Determining the reading level of a book is most often done by looking on the back of a book or with aid from a bookstore clerk. Find out the reading level of literature by learning the five-finger rule with help from a school teacher in this free video on literacy.

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Hello my name is Sandy Springer. I've been an educator since nineteen ninety three, I have a bachelor's degree in Elementary education, a Master's degree in English as a second language. I've taught both the public and private school systems and have taught most grades between first grade through adults. Today I'm going to talk to you about how to determine the reading level of a book. Most books these days have a level on them so if you just look on the back of the book it will often tell you. However, if you are unsure you could always ask someone in your library or at the bookstore but if you have no one to help you what you could do is to look through the book and depending on the age of the child you could look at the size of the print. If the print is larger it will be geared toward smaller children. The other rule I like to use is the five finger rule. If you make five errors on one page, that book is too difficult for you. So choose another book. Determining the reading level of a book, I'm Sandy Springer.

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