Each Capstone Classroom title is labeled with a letter
from 'A' to 'Z+' to indicate the Guided Reading Level (GRL). The books
are grouped by difficulty, so books at a particular level are similar
to one another in terms of the challenges and supports to the reader. As
you go up the alphabet, the level of the text becomes harder. The
progression is not a precise sequence that students move through as
they become more proficient readers; it is a collection of books arranged
by difficulty from which you can choose texts that are suitable for
groups or individuals.
The level designation is only an approximation. Within each
level there will be some books that are easier and some that are harder. Remember,
the background knowledge that students have from experiences at school,
at home and in the community—along with their reading experience—varies
widely in your classroom. Having a collection of leveled books
along a continuum allows you to select titles that are “just
right” for each student.
The system employed by Capstone Classroom of assigning a level to
a particular title uses the characteristics identified by Irene
Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Research indicates that
there is a complex range of factors that constitute the difficulty
of the text. The cluster of characteristics at each level helps
you evaluate the texts and their match to the reader. No matter
how interested students are in a topic, the text must be accessible
to them. Capstone Classroom is proud to offer a wide selection
of books at many levels that support the standards and are engaging
to your students.
Capstone Classroom currently publishes 7120 books that have been leveled with this system.
[ Leveling Tool ]
[ Download Chart ]
[ Complete list of all leveled titles ]
[ Excel File ]