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READING LEVEL 2 | Teacher manual

Teacher manual Reading level 2 Fast ForWord

ant antics How Students

ant antics How Students Progress through Ant Antics Ant Antics progresses through 8 levels of syntactic complexity. Each level contains 3 syntactic structures (categories), as follows: ➤ Level 1: Attributive/Stative, Third Person Subject Pronouns, Noun Singular/Plural (by inflection only) ➤ Level 2: Noun Singular/Plural (by quantifier and inflection), Verb Singular/Plural ➤ Level 3: Possession, Active Voice Word Order, Wh- Object Questions ➤ Level 4: Auxiliary-Be Singular/Plural, Simple Negation ➤ Level 5: Object Pronouns (Him, Her), Possessive Pronouns (His, Her), Comparative (-er) ➤ Level 6: Quantifiers (Some and None), Comparative (More) ➤ Level 7: Reduced Subject Relative Clauses, Subject Relativization, Complex Negation ➤ Level 8: Passive Voice Word Order, Case Marking Prepositions (with, for, by), Who vs. What At each level, Ant Antics presents 3 tiers of difficulty, based upon sentence length and vocabulary, as follows: ➤ Tier 1: The student is exposed to sentences that contain, on average, 3- 6 words. Words come from a limited set of highly decodable words at the Kindergarten grade level. ➤ Tier 2: The student is exposed to sentences that contain, on average, 4-8 words. Words come from a limited set of highly decodable words at the Kindergarten grade level. ➤ Tier 3: The student is exposed to sentences that contain, on average, 3- 6 words. Words come from a more varied set at the first and second grade levels. How Students Advance in Ant Antics A student is presented with a group of 12 trials at each tier for each level. Each syntactic structure within a level includes 4 trials. All 12 trials are presented before any trials are evaluated. Each syntactic structure is evaluated separately, and the student must correctly answer 3 of the 4 trials for each of the 3 structures to advance to the next tier within the level. If the student does not meet these criteria, the group of 12 trials is repeated up to 2 more times to provide the student with a total of 3 attempts. Fast ForWord Reading Level 2 | 87

ant antics Mastery If after 3 attempts, the student has not met the criteria for passing a group of trials, Ant Antics transitions the student to the first tier of the next level. At the end of the exercise, those levels for which mastery was not achieved are repeated, but will include only those tiers that were previously failed or not presented. In all other ways, the progression and rules of advancement will remain the same. The student will continue to work on these groups of trials until mastery is achieved. Points Awarded in Ant Antics Ant Antics awards points to the student based on the following conditions: ➤ Correct answers: The student earns 5 points for each trial that is completed correctly. ➤ Bonus points: After the student completes 10 trials correctly, Ant Antics rewards the student’s performance with 16 bonus points. 88 | Fast ForWord Reading Level 2