The "READING AND WRITING SKILLS" checklist is a way to keep track of student progress beyond counting textbooks finished or lessons covered. It is also useful as a way to identify and discuss the specific skill components that make up reading. This list includes most of the skills necessary for your student to become literate. While these skills are not likely to be a student's goal, it is useful for a student to be kept aware of the skills being learned and how these skills are helping him/her acquire literacy.

The skills on the checklist are annotated to indicate the last pertinent Laubach Skill Book lesson that directly teaches the indicated skill (i.e., L4-1 would indicate Laubach Way to Reading Level 4- lesson 1). The Comprehension Skills (and some of the writing skills) are distinct from other reading skills, however, in that they need to be re-taught on every level as the student progresses through the program. The comprehension skill of obtaining details, for example, is first introduced in Laubach 1, but it is re-taught in Laubach 2,3, and 4, and above. Writing original sentences and short summaries of stories are examples of writing skills that also need to be re-taught, since mastery on higher levels requires more advanced skills.

How to use the checklist:

This list of reading skills is not comprehensive and you may come up with additional reading skills. These skills should be written in at the bottom of the page. Also, it is important to remember that you may need to set up a series of lesson objectives (and appropriate activities) to teach many of the skills on the checklist. For example, for checklist Skill 61, "Recognizes vowel digraphs and diphthongs," a more realistic lesson objective might be "The student will learn to recognize the vowel diphthongs oi and oy."

Completing the Quarterly Report

Keep the "Reading and Writing Skills" checklist with your records of the student's work. Use the information on the list to help you and your student review his/her accomplishments over the quarter and to complete the quarterly report section "Reading and Writing Skills Completed this Quarter." You may signify the skills chosen by using the numbers from the checklist.



STUDENT________________________________________ DATE_________________


SIGHT WORDS [Purpose, to increase the number of most frequently used words that the student recognizes instantly. See list on pages 151-300 in Teaching Adults.]



51. Instantly recognizes 50 of the words ______ ______

52. Instantly recognizes 100 of the words ______ ______

53. Instantly recognizes 200 of the words ______ ______

54. Instantly recognizes all 300 of the words ______ ______


55. Associates the sound for the consonants with the ______ ______

letter [L1-5*]

56. Associates the short vowel sound with each vowel ______ ______


57. Recognizes "r controlled" vowels [L2-13] ______ ______

58. Recognizes the digraphs ch, sh, th, wh, ng [L2-13] ______ ______

59. Recognizes beginning and final consonant blends ______ ______


60. Recognizes five long vowel sounds with regular ______ ______

spellings [L4-1]

61. Recognizes vowel digraphs and diphthongs [L4-16] ______ ______

62. Recognizes variant sounds for s, ch, c, and g [L4-18] ______ ______


63. Recognizes variant of known words by adding s [L1-13]_____ ______

64. Recognizes variant of known words by adding 's ______ ______


65. Recognizes variants with s, ing, ed [L2-15] ______ ______

66. Recognizes contractions [L3-22] ______ ______

67. Recognizes compound words [L3-22] ______ ______

68. Recognizes prefixes and suffixes [L4-23] ______ ______

69. Recognizes abbreviations [L4-22] ______ ______


70. Can write small letters in manuscript writing [L1-5] ______ ______

71. Can write capital letters in manuscript writing [L1-9] ______ ______

72. Can copy words or names [L1-10] ______ ______

73. Can write words from dictation [L1-5] ______ ______

74. Can understand and use punctuation marks [L2-13] ______ ______

75. Can write sentences from dictation [L2-5] ______ ______

76. Can write short answers to questions [L2-13] ______ ______

77. Can read and write legibly in cursive [L3-34] ______ ______

78. Can write original sentences [L3-21] ______ ______

79. Can write short summary of a story [L3-19] ______ ______

COMPREHENSION SKILLS Comprehension skills are re-taught

on each level after they are first introduced. For example, comprehension

goal 82 might be rewritten as follows: "Can recall sequence of events of a

story on the Laubach 4 level."

80. Can read to answer literal detail questions (facts) [L1+] ______ ______

81. Can read to answer main idea questions [L2+] ______ ______

82. Can recall sequence of events of a story [L2+] ______ ______

83. Can draw inferences from what is read [L2+] ______ ______

84. Can recognize cause and effect [L3+] ______ ______

85. Can predict outcomes [L3+] ______ ______

86. Can understand the story setting [L4+] ______ ______

87. Can recognize the author's purpose [L4+] ______ ______

88. Can retell a story in his/her own words [L4+] ______ ______


89. ___________________________________ ______ ______





*L1-5 indicates Laubach Way to Reading Skill Book 1- lesson 5