Benchmark Books and Indicators - Kindergarten:FALL

By Beverley Randell
Starters One
DRA Level: A or 1

Text Characteristics

  • Font is large, usually printed in black on a white background.
  • Exaggerated spacing between words and letters.
  • Usually a single word, phrase, or simple sentence on a page.
  • Text is patterned and predictable.
  • Usually contains two or three sight words.
  • Words are highly supported by illustrations.
  • Words are consistently placed in the same area on the page, preferably top left or bottom left.

Reader Behaviors

  • Remembers the pattern in a predictable text.
  • Uses picture cues.
  • Locates one or two known words on a page.