In General- Early Chapter Books Contain:
· Larger fonts than chapter books
· Pictures on nearly every page (sometimes in color)
· Shorter chapters
· Less chapters
· Lower word count
· Even simpler plot
· Most often a series
· Reading level and interest level could be between 4-6, 5-7, 6-8.
A number of series will be published in the Branches line. Series books provide an added incentive because children love to read about characters they already know. The stories provide readers with a sense of satisfaction and familiarity, and readers’ comprehension skills improve as they revisit popular characters in each book.
As a teacher, these books are perfect for both types of readers. If you have kindergarteners or first graders they may be ready for something more challenging. If you have a third grader that is a reluctant or lower reader, they could read a chapter book and feel successful and not feel like they are reading something too babyish like a leveled reader.
Check out these new early chapter books in the Scholastic Branches division.
For more information about these early chapter books, check out their website: http://www.scholastic.com/branches/
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