Sandburg Middle School


Interest Brings Understanding

"Our understanding is enriched when we have emotional connections. We love to reexperience what we find beautiful, and we understand better when learning includes aesthetic journeys. Ultimately, our insights become potent and lasting-and we remember." ~Ellin Oliver Keene

10 Ways to Show Your Child that Literacy Counts

  • Build a family library
  • Create a "reading corner" in your home
  • Read out loud to your children
  • Allow your children to see you reading for pleasure
  • Talk to your kids about what they are reading
  • Put a bookshelf in your child's room and fill it with popular books
  • Take your child to the library
  • Limit TV, computer and video game time
  • Subscribe to a new magazine for your child
  • Share your excitement over something you read with your child

What does Lexile Mean?

The Lexile measure tells us about a text's difficulty. It does not measure content or quality. For example, a book could be easy enough to read or comprehend, but that does not mean the subject matter is appropriate for the reader. The scale measures reading ability.

The lexile scale starts at 200L (beginners) to 1700L (advanced). It measures a reader's ability level.

This makes it easier to select books for your child. For example, if your child measures at 1000L, that is the level books that your child would be able to comprehend. Remember, however, that all books will not be appropriate in content or quality for all readers.

Your child's lexile range can be found on his/her MAP score sheet.

You can search for books based on lexile score here.

Strategies to Aid Students Before, During, After Reading

Students who want to improve their reading skills can focus on the following strategies used by all teachers to help them before, during, and after reading.

Active reading requires that students be participants in their own learning process. “Actively reading” (using strategies) helps enhance understanding. 

Question: Create goal-setting questions to create a purpose for reading. Use titles, subtitles, images, graphs, and vocabulary to create goal-setting questions.

Predict: Use context clues, foreshadowing, and prior knowledge to make predictions about the next topic, idea, or event. 
Text Structure Analysis: Determine the type of text being read and apply additional strategies to help analyze the text. Main text structures include Problem and Solution, Description, Sequence, Compare and Contrast, and Cause and Effect.
Visualize: Use images to help determine information about passages; use descriptive and sesnory words to create an image of what is being read, use visual aids provided in or alongside the text to help clarify reading.
Inference: Use prior knowledge to make predictions, use information about people, places, and events in fiction and non-fiction, distinguish between statements that are fact and opinion.
Summarize: Identify the topic, the main idea of the piece, and details that support main ideas. Use titles, subtitles, images, graphs, and vocabulary to summarize. 
Evaluate: Ask questions about what you have read and form opinions.


Great Books for Middle School Students


Title Lexile
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 810L
The Face on the MIlk Carton by Caroline Cooney 660L
The Watson's go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis 1000L
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen 760L
Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs 670L
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan 740L
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid  by Jeff Kinney 950L
Shakespeare's Secret  by Elise Broach 620L
Rules by Cynthia Lord 780L