Level J

What are some indicators of a Level J text?
  • * Stories have similar characteristics to Level I but are generally longer (some over 50 pages)
  • * First chapter books
  • * Characters in series books will expand reading interest in reading, increasing the amount
       of time reading
  • * Large amounts of dialogue
  • * Full range of punctuation within longer, more complex sentences with many adjectives
       and adverbs
  • * Texts have one main plot with several episodes over a period of time - chapter books may
       only cover a period of one day
  • * Require more interpretation on the part of the reader
  • * Requires quick solving of new worlds, including three or four syllables
How do I know if my child is a Level J reader?
  • * Read many types of texts (informational, short chapter, simple biographies)
  • * Understand a large number of longer sentences
  • * Use strategies to figure out hard words (go back and reread, use picture clues, find smaller
       words inside the bigger word, etc.)
  • * Read silently during independent reading
  • * Automatically read a large number of high frequency words (from all previous levels & more)
  • * Read out loud & sound like a normal speaker (not like a robot)
  • * Read out loud & sound like an actor (pauses, reads with expression)

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

References
  • * 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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