Level K

What are some indicators of a Level K text?
  • * Includes longer, slightly more complex chapter books with more characters
  • * Books have one plot, but many episodes are carried over a period of time
  • * Shorter books have more difficult vocabulary (not often used in speech by children), challenging
       content or more complex themes
  • * Genres include realistic fiction, fantasy and nonfiction
  • * Some fables or legends and historical fiction may be included (not requiring extensive
       background knowledge to understand)
  • * Large amount of dialogue used to determine what is going on in the plot
  • * Characters show various perspectives
  • * Books have many characters that change a little in the story
  • * Illustrations are placed throughout the text and are used to enhance enjoyment and
       helps students visualize
  • * Readers explore the various connotations of words
How do I know if my child is a Level K reader?
  • * Read many types of texts (informational, biographies, realistic fiction, fantasy,
       traditional literature, simple)
  • * Read many illustrated chapter books
  • * Must remember many details
  • * Understand dialogue and the use of quotation marks
  • * Read stories with diverse cultures
  • * Use strategies to figure out hard words (go back and reread, use picture clues, find smaller
       words inside bigger words, use word parts like prefixes/suffixes)
  • * Read silently during independent reading but can read fluently aloud
  • * Automatically read a large number of high frequency words (from all previous levels)
  • * 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 K" 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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