High Noon Books provide a means to expose and reinforce the most common words in English for at-risk, ELL, struggling readers, and special-ed populations, for the purpose of getting students reading on grade level.
Most English sentences can be formed from just 300 to 1000 English words. By increasing exposure to the most common words (also known as high-frequency words) in English, students increase their chances of learning them, and also their ability to read (decode) and comprehend more complex sentences.
It is very important that students develop good reading skills by the time they reach middle-school, when the reading material and subject matter begin to get more complex.
High Noon Books can serve as a bridge between beginning reading material (picture books and stories with only a few words per page) and standard text (as in a magazine, or schoolbook, or trade book).
We offer a wide variety of high-interest subjects and formats:
• phonics-based chapter books
• high interest / low vocabulary (hi-lo) books
• short stories that have a low Lexile rating
• graphic novels
• hear-and-read audio
About High Interest / Low (Reading) Level, or Hi-Lo Books
High interest / low level books are characterized by the difference between the interest level (most often the age or grade of the reader) and the 'grade level' or 'reading level' in which the story text was written. Many teachers also use Lexile ratings to match text with a student's reading level. Lexiles are calculated by measuring sentence length and vocabulary usage.
High Interest / Low Level books look like a typical book, but are designed to contain content that appeals to a struggling readers' age and maturity level, and are written at a reading level that is lower than the student's grade level. A lower readability level provides an opportunity for the student to read words he or she is familiar with, while introducing a few new words and terms. In this way the student should be able to read more fluently and therefore increase comprehension. By getting familiar with the most common 300 to 1000 words used in the majority of everyday language, a student should be able to move on to reading more complex sentences.