•  EASY BOOKS

    * you can read the words fluently (smoothly and with an interesting voice)

    *there are not many words on a page

    *you know how to read all the words

    *there are not a lot of pages in the book

    *you have a lot of schema for the subject

    (you know a lot about it) 

    *sometimes the book has a larger font

    *you understand the story completely

    *your reading rate may be quicker

    *your thinking comes easily as you read the words

     

    CHALLENGING BOOKS

    *many of the words are too hard to decode (failed a five finger test)

    *you don't know what the tricky words MEAN

    *your reading becomes choppy more than it is fluent

    *you don't have any prior knowledge the subject

    *there are often a lot of words on the page

    *often the font is small

    *you lose focus as you are reading

    *you are not enjoying the book because you have to do too much word work

    *your thinking is confused

    *your reading rate slows way down

    JUST RIGHT BOOKS

    *you can read most of the words

    *you can understand what you are reading

    *you enjoy the book

    *you may have some schema for the subject

    *you can read the book fluently,  but there are some choppy places

    *your reading rate is just right- not too slow and not too fast

    *you can figure out the tricky words and still get the meaning of the story