Narrative Benchmark books

Freddy adds contemporary benchmark books to those already identified by Jeanne Chall and the CCSS.

 

Grade Level Source Title Word Recognition Curriculum
End of Grade 1 High recognition Green Eggs & Ham *
Beginning of Grade 2 CCSS The Fire Cat 600 most-frequent (& inflected endings) + words in higher zones with 1-3 letters  
High recognition Frog and Toad
Contemporary
  • Ling and Ting
  • Fy High, Fly Guy
Middle of Grade 2 CCSS The Treasure 1,000 most-frequent (& inflected endings) + words in higher zones with 1- 4 letters
High recognition Henry & Mudge
Contemporary
  • Those Shoes
  • Grandfather Counts
End of Grade 2 CCSS Tops & Bottoms 1,000 most frequent words (& inflected endings) + words in higher zones with 1-5 letters
High recognition Good Luck, Ronald Morgan
Contemporary
  • Dear Primo
  • Amazing Grace
Middle of Grade 3 CCSS The Lighthouse Family 1700 most-frequent words (U = 50) + words with 1-5 letters in harder zones
High recognition The Stories Julian Tells
Contemporary
  • Stevie
  • Pepita Talks Twice
 End of Grade 3 CCSS Sarah: Plain & Tall 2,500 most-frequent words (U=30) + words with 1-6 letters in harder zones
High recognition Beezus & Ramona
Contemporary
  • Ghost Wings
  • Angel Child, Dragon Child
Grade 4 CCSS The Black Stallion *
High recognition Soup & Me
Contemporary Because of Winn-Dixie
Grade 5 CCSS Higgins the Great *
High recognition Island of the Blue Dolphin
Contemporary The Birchbark House

* Information forthcoming