What is a Yellow Reader?
Successful Yellow readers do not really read the words on the page. They don’t have a sight word bank and they can’t yet “sound out” words. They use the repeated sentence pattern, the initial consonant sound, the pictures, and the spaces between words to “read” the book. Yellow readers are integrating all three cuing systems (syntax, phonics, meaning) while exhibiting fluency, confidence, and comprehension. While they are working in the Yellow level, they will need help accumulating sight words for their independent work in 1G. A Yellow reader’s success is dependent on his or her basic background knowledge, phonemic awareness, speaking vocabulary, common sense, and ability to reason.