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Association for Direct Instruction Conference, Eugene OR

I'm attending the Association for Direct Instruction (ADI) Conference for the third year. The usual speakers are here - but the good news is that they are all superb. I saw a very interesting poster from Educational Resources, Inc. (http://erigroup.us). It is a list of popular books and their grade level. Very handy. I've been wanting my son to read "Where the Red Fern Grows" and sure enough, it is for grade level 4.9. Super considering he is going into 5th grade. Here is the list from their product catalog (available on the web):

Selection Level Level Level
The Box Car Children:
The Copy Cat Mystery Grade 3.0 Grades 2-5 Grades 2-4
Julian, Secret Agent Grade 3.1 Grades 2-5 Grades 3-5
Tippy Lemmey Grade 3.4 Grades 3-5 Grades 3-5
Who Stole the Wizard of Oz? Grade 3.6 Grades 3-6 Grades 3-5
The Gadget War Grade 3.7 Grades 4-7 Grades 4-6
Charlotte’s Web Grade 4.4 Grades 3-7 Grades 4-6
Freedom Crossing Grade 4.4 Grades 4-8 Grades 4-6
Holes Grade 4.6 Grades 4-8 Grades 6-8
Where the Red Fern Grows Grade 4.9 Grades 5-8 Grades 6-8
Bud, Not Buddy Grade 5.0 Grades 5-8 Grades 6-8
The Wanderer Grade 5.2 Grades 5-8 Grades 6-8
The Clay Marble Grade 5.4 Grades 5-8 Grades 6-8
Hatchet Grade 5.7 Grades 6-8 Grades 6-8
Esperanza Rising Grade 5.0 Grades 5-8 Grades 6-8
Maniac Magee Grade 4.7 Grades 5-8 Grades 6-8
Soldier’s Heart Grade 5.7 Grades 5-8 Grades 6-8
The Giver Grade 5.7 Grades 6-8 Grades 6-8
A Single Shard Grade 6.2 Grades 6-8 Grades 6-8
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Hush Grade 4.6 Grades 6-8 Grades 6-8
Touching Spirit Bear Grade 5.0 Grades 6-8 Grades 6-8
The Other Side of Truth Grade 5.4 Grades 5-8 Grades 6-8
Iqbal Grade 5.4 Grades 5-8 Grades 6-8
Island of the Blue Dolphins Grade 5.5 Grades 5-8 Grades 6-8
Door in the Wall Grade 6.5 Grades 6-8 Grades 6-8

They offer supplements for these books complete with Teacher Presentation books and Student workbooks. I've never used them but it is a great way of taking standard literature and structuring the teaching of comprehension and writing based on the book.

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