Anecdotal Reading Record: Level V
Student name ___________________________
Characteristics of Text
? Readers employ essentially the same strategies as at level U but more background knowledge is required for true understanding.
? Fiction includes science fiction that presents sophisticated ideas and concepts.
? In many works of realistic or historical fiction, the writer is conveying a significant message beyond the story.
? Readers must think critically and sustain attention, memory, and understanding over much longer texts.
? Full appreciation of text requires noticing aspects of the writer’s craft, including metaphor, simile, and symbolism.
? Many long texts have a smaller font.
? Informational texts present complex ideas and may use more technical language.
? Topics are distant from students’ experience in time and place.
? Biographies provide a significant amount of historical information. Many texts focus on harsh themes. Other longer biographies are told in narrative style but present complex themes.
? Vocabulary is rapidly added.
The reader: Notes:
Constructs and Expands Meaning
___ Understands and talks about complex themes, analyzing them and applying them to current life situations
___ Understands many different perspectives that are encountered in fiction and nonfiction texts
___ Evaluates both fiction and nonfiction texts for their authenticity and accuracy
___ Deals with mature topics such as death, war, prejudice, and courage
___ Thinks critically about and discusses the content of a literary work or the quality of writing
___ Notices aspects of the writer’s craft and looks at the text from a writer’s point of view
___ Sustains attention and thinking over the reading of texts that are long and have smaller fonts
___ Tries new genres, topics, and authors, and is able to compare them with known genres, topics, and authors
___ Makes connections across texts to notice an author’s style or technique
___ Understands symbolism in both realistic fiction and fantasy; discusses what symbols mean in terms of today’s society
___ Brings prior knowledge to bear in understanding literary references
Problem-Solves Words While Reading Continuous Text
___ Learns technical words from reading
Other Behaviors to Notice
___ Learns about self and others through reading, especially about societies that are different from one’s own
* Bold indicates new behavior