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Nonfiction Strategies for Reading Results
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Unit topics for Levels C-H

Level C

Readability 2.5-3.0
Lexile Levels 380-660

  • Jobs that Help-firefighters, veterinarians, social workers
  • Animal Communication-bees, chimpanzees, whales
  • Mind and Body-Cirque du Soleil, the Ironman, Special Olympics
  • Explorers-John Muir, Jacques Cousteau, Mae C. Jemison
  • Weather-hurricanes, lightning, sandstorms
  • Overcoming Obstacles-Lance Armstrong, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Jim Abbott

Level D

Readability 3.0-3.9
Lexile Levels 630-870

  • Creatures of the Dark-bats, scorpions, anglerfish
  • Getting a Jump Start-inventions by children: earmuffs, Glo-Sheets, Braille writing
  • Shake, Rattle, and Roll-tornadoes, earthquakes, volcanoes
  • Space Careers-dietitians, farmers, psychologists
  • Riding the Rails-intercontinental railroad, orphan trains, passenger trains
  • Tights, Paints, and Chisels-Alvin Ailey, Sheila Hamanaka, Louise Nevelson

Level E

Readability 4.0-4.9
Lexile Levels 590-850

  • Encounters with Wolves-endangered, threatened, reintroduced
  • Lost Worlds-Machu Picchu, Great Zimbabwe, the Anasazi
  • Native American Games We Play-lacrosse, hand games, ring-and-pin games
  • Your Heritage, Our Heritage-Jamaican food, breads from other lands, foods of the Americas
  • Dreamers and Adventurers-Sir Edmund Hillary, Amelia Earhart, Roald Amundsen
  • Westward Bound!-Bill Pickett, Mary Fields, the Pony Express

Level F

Readability 5.0-5.9
Lexile Levels 640-780

  • Strange and Wonderful Creatures-cockroaches, giant squids, leeches
  • The Human Story in and on Stone-archaeologists, ancient timekeepers, the Code of Hammurabi
  • Pirates on the High Seas-pirates, female pirates, the reign and ruin of piracy
  • Great Races-the New York City Marathon, the Tour de France, the Iditarod
  • The Changing Earth-dinosaurs, continental drift, global warming
  • Pioneers in Technology-Philo Farnsworth, Ada Byron King, Tim Berners-Lee

Level G

Readability 6.0-6.9
Lexile Levels 660-890

  • Saving the World Around Us-the Living Machine, wetlands, our Earth
  • Their Thoughts Changed our Lives-Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Rachel Carson
  • Unsolved Mysteries in History-Atlantis, Knossos, and Thera; Easter Island; Roanoke
  • Dangerous Journeys-Sacajawea, Ernest Shackleton, the Kon-Tiki
  • Memories and Diaries-Mayflower, Chinese Cultural Revolution, Yugoslavian civil war
  • Great Sports, Great People-Roberto Clemente,Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Arthur Ashe

Level H

Readability 7.0-7.9
Lexile Levels 740-970

  • Unsolved Mysteries in Medicine-viruses, medical detectives, the common cold
  • The Olympics-history, traditions, legends
  • Rediscovering People in America's Past-Cahokia, Jamestown, Five Points
  • Endangered or Extinct?-endangered species, varmints, extinct species
  • They Came Across the Water-immigrants from: Vietnam, Mexico, Lithuania
  • The Future-transportation, medicine, space colonization
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