Two Red (2R)

What is a 2R Reader?

Finish 1 Chapter Book Each Week

2R readers begin 2R as picture book readers and leave as chapter book readers. They develop the habit of silent reading, the ability to sustain interest across sittings, and finally, the chapter book reading habit, where they must engage and understand without the aid of illustrations. Students should not leave 2R until they are successfully reading (and finishing) at least one chapter book a week.

Decode All Multisyllabic and Irregularly Spelled Words Familiar from Everyday Speech

2R readers are able to try various vowel/consonant sounds in unfamiliar words until they recognize the word from everyday speech. 2R books are full of irregularly spelled words, multisyllabic words, and special vowel spellings, but all of the words in 2R books should be familiar to readers from their oral language (e.g., gigantic, scientist). Their use of decoding and context clues allows the 2R readers to get close enough to the pronunciation of any word so that as they try different possible pronunciations, they recognize one. Expect 2R readers to be able to approximate pronunciation of difficult names.

Key Common Core State Standards

Foundational Skills
Identify and read words with inconsistent but common spelling-sound correspondences (body, cloth, ton).
  • Develop the stamina, experience, and fluency to complete at least one 2R chapter book per week.
  • Decode 3-syllable words.

Major Characteristics of a 2R Book

First chapter books (usually with pictures) and picture books where all the words are familiar from everyday speech. Multisyllabic words with irregular vowel patterns are common at this level.

Formative Assessment for Teaching and Learning

The IRLA includes every Common Core State Standard for Reading, both in literature and informational text, as well as those Language standards key to reading success

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