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How do your progress monitoring systems impact parameters, if any, that you set for students when they’re picking a book? What carries more weight - interest or level? Read the article, “Fountas and Pinnell Say Librarians Should Guide Readers by Interest, Not Level” and refer back the the guiding questions above as you read.

Upon reading the article, create some questions that you could ask students as they check out books that give them the power to choose (Ex: What is something you’re really interested in lately? Has your friend or peer read a book that connected with you? What do you want to learn about? What do you feel you’re an expert in?)

Classroom Application: Administer interest inventory (below) with students. After assessing their interests, create a chart or infographic (example 1; example 2) that represents students and any common interests, ideally displayed on a wall. These groups can help lead to book talks and work to expand students to other genres when the time comes.

 Interest Inventory - Primary

 Interest Inventory - Intermediate



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These tools were created as part of the Literacy Improvement in Rural Education through Collaboration (LIREC) project funded by the U.S. Department of Education