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Read Naturally Live/Encore Alignment to the Common Core Standards

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The stories in Read Naturally Live and Read Naturally Encore align well to the Common Core State Standards based on quantitative and qualitative measures and text/reader considerations. All Read Naturally Live and Read Naturally Encore passages correlate to Common Core State Standards guidelines according to the Lexile text measures.1 In addition, Read Naturally stories are grouped by level and the levels are sequenced so that the text complexity gradually increases as the student moves to higher levels. The stories in the lower levels are shorter and easier to understand, the ideas are explicitly stated, and the vocabulary is familiar. At each successive level, the stories become longer and more complex. The ideas require more inference, and the vocabulary is more sophisticated. Use the following tables to see the gradually increasing difficulty of the Read Naturally levels, as shown by the number of words in each level and the Lexile text measures.

Quantitative Measures of Text Difficulty of Read Naturally Live and Read Naturally Encore

Sequenced Series
Level Word Count Lexile Text Measure Lexile "Stretch" Band1
1.0 1715 180L None Provided
1.5 2396 320L
2.0 2996 510L 420L-820L
2.5 3835 550L
3.0 4596 600L
3.5 4841 690L
4.0 5026 760L 740L-1010L
4.5 5147 820L
5.0 5788 860L
5.6 8282 940L
6.0 9282 970L 925L-1185L
7.0 9093 1070L
8.0 10468 1200L
Phonics Series
Level Word Count Lexile Text Measure Lexile "Stretch" Band1
0.8 1259 170L None Provided
1.3 2029 220L
1.8 2808 370L
2.3 3488 430L 420L-820L
2.6 3662 560L
2.7 3868 550L
Idioms Series
Level Word Count Lexile Text Measure Lexile "Stretch" Band1
3.0 2299 630L 420L-820L
3.5 2362 690L
4.0 2609 750L 740L-1010L
4.5 2541 850L

1Grade bands reflect the 2012 revised Appendix A of the Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts (published in 2012).

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