Level D

What are some indicators of a Level D text?
  • * Longer, more complex stories
  • * Some pound sentences conjoined by "and"
  • * Simple plot but may include several elaborate episodes
  • * Topics are familiar, but may include abstract or unfamiliar ideas
  • * Text layout is easy to follow, but font size may vary
  • * Texts range from ten to twenty pages
  • * Pictures begin to extend meaning of text
  • * New punctuation may be included (dashes, ellipses)
  • * Larger number of high frequency words/greater variety
  • * Includes more word endings, compound words and multi-syllable words
  • * More opportunities for decoding words with familiar patterns.
How do I know if my child is a Level D reader?
  • * Read fiction and simple nonfiction
  • * Continue to follow text with eyes, rather than pointing
  • * Read text with fewer lines of repeated words
  • * Read compound words (ex: newspaper, sandbox) and words ending in -ing.
  • * Continue to correct reading mistakes
  • * Read easy, high frequency words --
      (at, am, an, do, go, he, in, like, me, my, no, see, so, to, up, we.)

Check out River Vale Library's
"Level D" Books

  • * Leveled Books for Readers Grades 3-6 (Fountas & Pinnell) and Matching Books to Readers: Using Leveled Books in Guided Reading. K-3 (Fountas and Pinnell). Retrieved: 7/15/13 from Loudoun County Public Schools
  • * The Continuum of Literacy Learning Grades K-2 & Grades 3-5 by Fountas & Pinnell (Adapted by Sachem Literacy Coaches.) Retrieved: 7/15/13 from Sachem School District
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