Sails and MainSails
  • Resources for shared, guided and independent reading and writing
  • Opportunities to develop critical thinking skills
  • Unique focus on visual literacy
  • Numerous texts forms
  • Balanced, well-rounded language experiences
  • Striking visuals and intriguing topics
  • Handy teaching notes on inside cover
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There are OVER 700 titles in the Sails Literacy Series! Following is an overview of their organization and levels. Roll over the Sails Level to see a description of level.

StageSails LevelGrade LevelGuided Reading LevelDRA Levels
Emergent

First Wave

The First Wave level introduces beginning readers to high-frequency words and phrases that are essential for reading. The 96 titles have a consistent structure that supports young readers as they move from simple captions to more complex structures. A unique feature of the First Wave books is the visual storyframes which provide a springboard for oral discussion and critical thinking.

 
First Wave
K A-B 1-2

Magenta

The Magenta level has both fiction and nonfiction books, which use straightforward and meaningful language. The non-fiction books include an index to introduce and develop children's skills in accessing and retrieving information. Simple visual information is introduced for children to interpret - for example, speech bubbles, pictorial panels, simple maps, etc.

 
Magenta
K-1 B-C 2-3
Early

Red, Yellow, Blue, Green

High frequency words from the emergent level are consolidated and new words are gradually introduced. Children continue to develop skills in the structure and use of language, while developing skills in accessing, interpreting and processing information. Each text has a visual focus (i.e. advertisements, flow charts, labels, maps, pictographs). There is a range of written genre so that children are exposed to a variety of writing styles in order to develop competency in their own writing.

 
Red
K-1 C-F 3-10

Red, Yellow, Blue, Green

High frequency words from the emergent level are consolidated and new words are gradually introduced. Children continue to develop skills in the structure and use of language, while developing skills in accessing, interpreting and processing information. Each text has a visual focus (i.e. advertisements, flow charts, labels, maps, pictographs). There is a range of written genre so that children are exposed to a variety of writing styles in order to develop competency in their own writing.

 
Yellow
1 E-G 8-12

Red, Yellow, Blue, Green

High frequency words from the emergent level are consolidated and new words are gradually introduced. Children continue to develop skills in the structure and use of language, while developing skills in accessing, interpreting and processing information. Each text has a visual focus (i.e. advertisements, flow charts, labels, maps, pictographs). There is a range of written genre so that children are exposed to a variety of writing styles in order to develop competency in their own writing.

 
Blue
1-2 F-I 10- 16

Blue Sailing Solo, Green Sailing Solo

The Sailing Solo books provide opportunities for children to practise the reading strategies introduced in the Guided Reading session. Each 24-page book features:

  • Simple language structures
  • Direct speech – impacted by colour so the flow and phasing is encouraged
  • Non threatening manageable small chunks of text
  • An introduction to characters/setting
  • A interactive double page spread that reinforces skills and visual elements
  • A word bank summary page at story end with picture links
  • Funky and modern with comic/cartoon design elements
 
Blue Sailing Solo
1-2 F-I 10- 16

Red, Yellow, Blue, Green

High frequency words from the emergent level are consolidated and new words are gradually introduced. Children continue to develop skills in the structure and use of language, while developing skills in accessing, interpreting and processing information. Each text has a visual focus (i.e. advertisements, flow charts, labels, maps, pictographs). There is a range of written genre so that children are exposed to a variety of writing styles in order to develop competency in their own writing.

 
Green
1-2 H-J 14-20

Blue Sailing Solo, Green Sailing Solo

The Sailing Solo books provide opportunities for children to practise the reading strategies introduced in the Guided Reading session. Each 24-page book features:

  • Simple language structures
  • Direct speech – impacted by colour so the flow and phasing is encouraged
  • Non threatening manageable small chunks of text
  • An introduction to characters/setting
  • A interactive double page spread that reinforces skills and visual elements
  • A word bank summary page at story end with picture links
  • Funky and modern with comic/cartoon design elements
 
Green Sailing Solo
1-2 H-J 14-18
Fluent

Orange, Turquoise, Purple, Gold

Children continue to be challenged to think critically and apply comprehension and processing strategies to more complex texts. High frequency words introduced at the earlier levels stage are reinforced and more challenging interest words are incorporated. Children are introduced to the essential Text Forms of Narrative, Recount, Report and Explanation.

 
Orange
2 I-J 16-18

Orange, Turquoise, Purple, Gold

Children continue to be challenged to think critically and apply comprehension and processing strategies to more complex texts. High frequency words introduced at the earlier levels stage are reinforced and more challenging interest words are incorporated. Children are introduced to the essential Text Forms of Narrative, Recount, Report and Explanation.

 
Turquoise
2-3 J-K 18-20

Orange/Turquoise Written Focus, Purple/Gold Written Focus

These titles provide clear examples of a variety of written text forms. The books provide children with models that demonstrate the purpose of writing and how writers communicate feelings, information and ideas in a structured way. Some new, more complex forms, such as diaries, rules, reviews, debates, forms, biographies, are introduced, and others, previously introduced text forms, are further developed. At the end of each book, the text form is explained step by step for children to use as a model for their own writing.

 
Orange/Turquoise Written Focus
2-3 K-M 20-28

Orange, Turquoise, Purple, Gold

Children continue to be challenged to think critically and apply comprehension and processing strategies to more complex texts. High frequency words introduced at the earlier levels stage are reinforced and more challenging interest words are incorporated. Children are introduced to the essential Text Forms of Narrative, Recount, Report and Explanation.

 
Purple
3-4 L-P 24-38

Orange, Turquoise, Purple, Gold

Children continue to be challenged to think critically and apply comprehension and processing strategies to more complex texts. High frequency words introduced at the earlier levels stage are reinforced and more challenging interest words are incorporated. Children are introduced to the essential Text Forms of Narrative, Recount, Report and Explanation.

 
Gold
3-4 N-R 30-40

Orange/Turquoise Written Focus, Purple/Gold Written Focus

These titles provide clear examples of a variety of written text forms. The books provide children with models that demonstrate the purpose of writing and how writers communicate feelings, information and ideas in a structured way. Some new, more complex forms, such as diaries, rules, reviews, debates, forms, biographies, are introduced, and others, previously introduced text forms, are further developed. At the end of each book, the text form is explained step by step for children to use as a model for their own writing.

 
Purple/Gold Written Focus
3-4 N-R 30-40

Mainsails

Mainsails gives your students the inside knowledge on how language works, how to analyse it and how to apply it to a variety of situations. Each title features:

  • a stimulating magazine-style format
  • unique Think Tank elements encouraging students to ask questions, make predictions and inferences, summarise key points, focus on language, and analyse literacy devices
  • specific modelling of text types, including fantasy, mystery, reports, explanation and narratives.
  • a 'Think About the Text' section that gets students making connections to their own personal experience, to similar or different texts, and to issues within the world
 
Mainsails 1
4 Q-S 40

Mainsails

Mainsails gives your students the inside knowledge on how language works, how to analyse it and how to apply it to a variety of situations. Each title features:

  • a stimulating magazine-style format
  • unique Think Tank elements encouraging students to ask questions, make predictions and inferences, summarise key points, focus on language, and analyse literacy devices
  • specific modelling of text types, including fantasy, mystery, reports, explanation and narratives.
  • a 'Think About the Text' section that gets students making connections to their own personal experience, to similar or different texts, and to issues within the world
 
Mainsails 2
5 S-U 50

Mainsails

Mainsails gives your students the inside knowledge on how language works, how to analyse it and how to apply it to a variety of situations. Each title features:

  • a stimulating magazine-style format
  • unique Think Tank elements encouraging students to ask questions, make predictions and inferences, summarise key points, focus on language, and analyse literacy devices
  • specific modelling of text types, including fantasy, mystery, reports, explanation and narratives.
  • a 'Think About the Text' section that gets students making connections to their own personal experience, to similar or different texts, and to issues within the world
 
Mainsails 3
6 U-Y 60

Mainsails

Mainsails gives your students the inside knowledge on how language works, how to analyse it and how to apply it to a variety of situations. Each title features:

  • a stimulating magazine-style format
  • unique Think Tank elements encouraging students to ask questions, make predictions and inferences, summarise key points, focus on language, and analyse literacy devices
  • specific modelling of text types, including fantasy, mystery, reports, explanation and narratives.
  • a 'Think About the Text' section that gets students making connections to their own personal experience, to similar or different texts, and to issues within the world
 
Mainsails 4
7-9 Z 70-80

Shared Reading Series

The Shared Reading books are designed for whole-class teaching. Small copies of the shared readers are also available, which offer children the opportunity to enjoy the storyline many times over at their own leisure. The books feature:

  • rhythm and rhyme
  • magic and humour
  • repetitive chunks of language
  • stories with rich language that can withstand repeated readings
 
Sails Shared Reading
K-2 n/a n/a

Projectable Poetry Poster Packs

These CD-ROMs feature humorous, memorable poems to encourage a love of poetry. Through Sails Poetry students will:

  • extend and enrich their vocabulary
  • be exposed to the sight and sounds of language in a non-threatening way
  • receive practice in fluency (flow, phrasing, pace)
  • have their knowledge of print conventions, phonological patterns and phonic knowledge in context reinforced

Includes teaching notes and linemasters for printing poems so the students can do their own illustrations.

 
Projectable Poetry Posters
K-3