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Not just paired, but connected

  • After the Shared Reading stage (16 Big Books), there are 9 developmental reading stages (304 titles) comprising connected pairs of books written with a different text type.
  • Paired books address the same concepts, vocabulary and high-frequency words in different text types and sentence structures.
  • High-frequency words are gradually and systematically introduced and reused.
  • There is a high rate of repetition of high-frequency words and a low ratio of unfamiliar words.
  • There is a balance of illustrated narrative and photographic informative books.
  • There is a wide range of text types – narratives, recounts, procedures, explanations, reports and persuasive texts


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