Welcome to the Risen Christ Lutheran School Library

Mission of the Library

The mission of the Risen Christ Lutheran School Library is to encourage students to become effective users of ideas and information.  The library strives to provide a wide range of materials and levels of difficulty that will stimulate growth in knowledge, establish a life-long love of reading, and foster information literacy.


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Genre ClassificationsAccelerated Reader Coding Dewey Decimal System

Type Genre Description
Fiction Classic Fiction that has become part of an accepted literary canon, widely taught in schools
Fiction Crime/detective Fiction about a crime, how the criminal gets caught and serves time, and the repercussions of the crime
Fiction Epic A genre of narrative poetry in a time before history about extraordinary feats that involve religious underpinnings and themes.
Fiction Fable Legendary, supernatural tale demonstrating a useful truth
Fiction Fairy tale Story about fairies or other magical creatures
Fiction Fantasy Fiction in an unreal setting that often includes magic, magical creatures, or the supernatural
Fiction Folktale The songs, stories, myths, and proverbs of a people or “folk” as handed down by word of mouth
Fiction Gothic fiction or Gothic Romanticism
Fiction Historical fiction Story with fictional characters and events in a historical setting
Fiction Horror Fiction in which events evoke a feeling of dread and sometimes fear in both the characters and the reader
Fiction Humor Usually a fiction full of fun, fancy, and excitement, meant to entertain and sometimes cause intended laughter; but can be contained in all genres
Fiction Legend Story, sometimes of a national or folk hero, that has a basis in fact but also includes imaginative material
Fiction Magical realism Story where magical or unreal elements play a natural part in an otherwise realistic environment
Fiction Meta fiction (also known as romantic irony in the context of Romantic works of literature) Uses self-reference to draw attention to itself as a work of art while exposing the “truth” of a story
Fiction Mystery Fiction dealing with the solution of a crime or the revealing of secrets
Fiction Mythology Legend or traditional narrative, often based in part on historical events, that reveals human behavior and natural phenomena by its symbolism; often pertaining to the actions of the gods
Fiction Mythopoeia Fiction in which characters from religious mythology, traditional myths, folklore and/or history are recast into a re-imagined realm created by the author
Fiction Realistic fiction Story that is true to life
Fiction Romance Genre which place their primary focus on the relationship and romantic love between two people, which usually has an “emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending”.
Fiction Satire Usually fiction and less frequently in non-fiction, in which vices, follies, abuses and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, with the intent of shaming individuals, corporations, government, or society itself into improvement.[1]
Fiction Science fiction Story based on the impact of actual, imagined, or potential science, often set in the future or on other planets
Fiction Short story Fiction of great brevity, usually supports no subplots.
Fiction Spy fiction Fiction involving espionage and establishment of modern intelligence agencies.
Fiction Superhero fiction Fiction involving costumed crime fighters known as superheroes who often possess superhuman powers and battle with similarly powered criminals known as supervillains.
Fiction Swashbuckler Story based on a time of swordsmen, pirates and ships, and other related ideas, usually full of action
Fiction Tall tale Humorous story with blatant exaggerations, such as swaggering heroes who do the impossible with nonchalance
Fiction Theological fiction Explores the theological ideas which shape attitudes towards religious expression.
Fiction Suspense/thriller Fiction about harm about to befall a person or group and the attempts made to evade the harm
Fiction Tragicomedy A play or novel containing elements of both comedy and tragedy.
Fiction Travel Literature containing elements of the outdoors, nature, adventure, and traveling
Fiction Western Fiction set in the American Old West frontier and typically in the late nineteenth to early twentieth century.
Nonfiction Biography A narrative of a person’s life; when the author is also the main subject, this is an autobiography or memoir
Nonfiction Essay A short literary composition that reflects the author’s outlook or point
Nonfiction Journalism Reporting on news and current events
Nonfiction Memoir Factual story that focuses on a significant relationship between the writer and a person, place, or object; reads like a short novel
Nonfiction Narrative nonfiction/personal narrative Factual information about a significant event presented in a format that tells a story
Nonfiction Reference Such as a dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, almanac, or atlas
Nonfiction Self improvement Information with the intention of instructing readers on solving personal problems
Nonfiction Speech Public address or discourse
Nonfiction Textbook Authoritative and detailed factual description of a thing

For more information please click Genre [blue text] above or view page at List of writing genres from Wikipedia

Color coding for Accelerated Reader program
Reading Level
0.1 – 0.9 Light blue with a gold star
1.0 – 1.4 Light blue
1.5 – 1.9 Dark blue
2.0 – 2.4 Light green
2.5 – 2.9 Dark green
3.0 – 3.4 Light orange
3.5 – 3.9 Dark orange
4.0 – 4.9 Yellow
5.0 – 5.9 Red
6.0 – 6.9 Dark Pink
7.0 – 7.9 Light Pink
8.0 & up Purple

What is Accelerated Reader?

Accelerated Reader is a software program that we use to track students’ independent reading progress.  Like any skill to be mastered, reading requires instruction as well as daily practice. Accelerated Reader (AR) is a way we monitor reading practice and reinforce positive reading habits.

It’s pretty simple, really, students read a book, take an AR quiz on the computer, and get immediate feedback.  Teachers can monitor their progress, and provide support in selecting reading materials at an appropriate level.

How do I know what level books my student should be reading?

At the beginning of the school year (and several times throughout the year) you student will take an online assessment call the STAR test.  This takes approximately 30 minutes, and assesses several areas of reading.  The STAR test also generates a ZPD level, and this is what helps the teacher/student/parent identify the correct level for reading practice.

What does “ZPD” mean?

ZPD stands for “Zone of Proximal Development”.  Reading practice within this zone will result in the greatest amount of reading growth.  We know that if we do tasks that are too easy for us, we never improve.  If those tasks are too hard, we become frustrated and don’t want to practice anymore.  We need to find the tasks that are the “just right fit” for our abilities – we are still challenged, without becoming frustrated. 

For example, if a student’s ZPD is identified as 2.3 – 3.3, that means that he/she will get the most growth if his/her reading practice is focused on books that are between 2nd grade 3rd month, and 3rd grade, 3rd month. 

What if my child wants to read something outside their ZPD?

As adult readers, we know that finding books we are interested in is not always an easy task, and as a student, sometimes this is even harder when asked to stick to a certain reading level.  We do not want you or your child to be frustrated with reading practice at home!   Our goal is to help you raise life-long readers. If your student is interested in reading a book a little above or a little below the ZPD level, we ask that you jot a quick note to the teacher so that he/she can monitor their progress on the book in class, and offer support if needed.  After the AR quiz is taken, it would be a good idea to see if your student was successful (score of 80% or higher), and have a plan for what to read next.

Why does my child have a “point goal”?

Many of our teachers set point goals with their students.  Each time a student takes a test, he/she earns a certain amount of points depending on the level/difficulty of the book, and the score earned. 

For example, a short chapter book might be worth 1.0 point. The student took a quiz and scored 80%.  This means they earned 0.8 points on that book. 

The point goal should be set with input from both the student and the teacher.  Just like the ZPD, if it’s too high the student sees it as unattainable.  If too low, there will not be much effort put towards it, and as a result, little growth.

How do I find out which books we have at home are AR books?

Use ths link to go to AR Bookfinder and look up books!

The Dewey Decimal System is a way to put books in order by subject. It is often used in public libraries and schools in the United States and other countries. It places the books on the shelf by subject using numbers from 000 to 999. It is called “decimal” because it uses numbers to the right of the decimal point for more detail (e.g. 944.1 for History of Brittany). Each subject has its own group of numbers. The system was created by Melvil Dewey in 1876. It is also called the Dewey Decimal Classification. The classification has been changed many times. The latest change is number 23 in 2011. There is also a smaller one for small libraries called “Abridged Dewey”.

Each subject is broken up into 10 smaller, more specific categories.

000 – Computer science, information, and general works
100 – Philosophy and psychology
200 – Religion
300 – Social sciences
400 – Language
500 – Science 600 – Technology
700 – Arts and recreation
800 – Literature
900 – History and geography