Readola's Reading Roadmap is a plan for adventure. After you create your free account, readers review the Blue Ribbon Awards Collection, finding books that suit their interest and current comfort level. If a books seems right, simply click the Add To My Reading Roadmap button, and the book will be saved until removed. Care to share the Roadmap? Simply highlight the address and send via email, text or post the link on a web page. When you're done the Roadmap will look something like this:
Here's a quick tour of how to build your Reading Roadmap. Step by Step instructions follow below.
- Create your profile.
- Build your own Recommended Reading Roadmap from the Blue Ribbon Awards Collection. Then help your students build theirs.
- Make sure to click the box to make your list public so students and families can explore your Roadmap.
- Do your students know their Lexile reading levels? Total Reader offers free assessments. There are conversion charts for other reading level assessments.
- Communicate the link to your classroom community.
- Post your student's Donation Dog certificates for each one-hour block of reading. Donation Dog certificates are emailed to students when a supporter makes a donation. Encourage students to bring Donation Dog certificates to school so you can post them in the classroom or hallway.
- With the help of your parent, guardian or teacher, find your Lexile assessment. We recommend Total Reader.
- With the help of your parent, guardian or teacher, create your own profile.
- Create your Reading Roadmap from over 3000 award nominated titles.
- Up for a real adventure? Complete the Books on Tour Challenge!
- Bring Donation Dog certificates to school (with your teacher's permission).
Readola Book-A-Thons are a great way to encourage reading at home. Here are some tips to make the most of the opportunity. SPECIAL NOTE: Some upper level books contain advanced concepts, language and situations. Please review your student's list for material not appropriate for their age or your guidance.
- Help your student establish their profile.
- Take charge of your student's literacy levels throughout their education. Use a service such as Total Reader to reassess your student periodically.
- Participate with your student - create your own Roadmap and read along!
- Take a moment to review the books your student selects. You may want to come up with a short list of questions to ask about the books your student completes.
- Track Your Student's Progress!
- Help your student create a list of potential supporters to email requesting a donation to encourage their progress. Donation Dog certificates will be emailed to your account. You are encouraged to print Donation Dog certificates, then students can bring those to school (with their teacher's permission).
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS (with screenshots):
Readola offers you and your students more than just award winning books. Readola is also a Reading System, aimed at aligning your students with books in their reading level (instead of just age or grade).
You'll get a head start if you take a quick and easy Lexile Assessment. We recommend Total Reader to get a reference to begin from. If you already have your Lexile number (or you've received a reading level conversion chart from Readola) - or if you just want to begin exploring by popular categories - let's go to the next step!
1. You'll need to register and activate your FREE account.
2. Immediately upon activation you'll enter Your Account portal, where you can track orders and access your Reading Roadmap:
3. Create a Reading Roadmap
One of the most important tools for your success is to create a Reading Roadmap. This is different from a shopping cart. A Reading Roadmap is a sort of Wish List, which can be shared with friends and families. Plus, a Reading Roadmap can serve as a guided reading tool to keep track of titles you'd like to read, not just purchase. If your family would like to purchase a book on your Reading Roadmap, they can easily move that title over to your shopping cart for purchase.
Let's create your Reading Roadmap:
And now click New Reading Roadmap:
4. What will you name your Reading Roadmap?
Make sure to name your Reading Roadmap something your family will recognize. Here, Scout the Reading Retriever picked his own name. Make sure to check the Make Reading Roadmap Public. Don't worry, only those you share the link with will be able to see the titles listed and no personal information will be included.
We're all set with our new Reading Roadmap!
5. Find some great titles in the Blue Ribbon Awards Collection
Now's the time to put some great titles on your new Reading Roadmap. (After we add some titles, we'll show you how to share the Reading Roadmap with your family)
When you click on Titles, you're going to see a wide variety of options to begin exploring the Blue Ribbon Awards Collection.
Here we've clicked on Lexile Groupings and found the level we've assessed at:
We can also take the Books on Tour Challenge (individually or as a class) and read one book from each state!
Maybe we just want to start our reading adventure in a category we enjoy. Here's some of the most popular categories:
Educators, here's something special just for you - Curriculum Corner! You'll find lesson plans and units specifically tied to the Blue Ribbon Awards Collection. If you're filling out a Reading Roadmap for a Teacher Wishlist, make sure to include these professionally created tools.
6. Gift Certificates (DONATION PORTAL)
One of the best ways to encourage students to read is to provide them the resources they need to select titles in their interest and ability level. Go to the Readola Gift Certificates page, grab some Donation Dogs and give your favorite students the book credit they need! Educators - make sure to include some Donation Dogs in your Reading Roadmaps, too.
7. Add to Reading Roadmap
When you look at each title's individual page, you're going to see Add to Reading Roadmap:
8. Sharing Your Roadmap
Now we've got some awesome titles to read. Let's share that list with family and friends. Educators, you can share your Reading Roadmap (Classroom Wish List) the same way. Once you've added titles onto your Reading Roadmap, go back to Your Account and click on Reading Roadmaps. Here you'll see the titles on your Roadmap. Your family can share that link via email or social networks:
You can add and delete titles to your Reading Roadmap any time you wish! Make sure you reassess your Lexile reading level often and don't forget to search the Lexile grouping above and below your assessed level. Reading 500 level books is okay if you're assessing at level 600. And you can challenge yourself by reading books from the 700 level.
You're now ready to begin your Reading Adventure. How about tackling the Books on Tour Challenge? Once you've registered and logged in, explore the Blue Ribbon Awards Collection sorted by the state the title was nominated in.