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Basal Reader - What Are Basal Readers?

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Updated June 26, 2014

Schoolboys and girls (8-10) listening to teacher read in classroom
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Definition: Basal readers are collections of books in a series and used for teaching reading. Books in the basal reader series are introduced in a gradually increasing level of difficulty. Within each book, stories and reading exercises are also arranged in gradually increasing levels of difficulty. Specific vocabulary words are introduced at each level and are taught by frequent use in text.
Also Known As: leveled readers, readers, reading books
Examples:
The Dick and Jane series, published by Scott Foresman, was a popular basal reading program used in many schools from the 1903s through the 1970s.

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