Level N

What are some indicators of a Level N text?
  • * Chapter books are usually 100 or more pages with short chapters and memorable characters
  • * Nonfiction titles are generally shorter and may present social issues
  • * Topics of informational books and settings for narratives go well beyond readers'
       personal experiences
  • * Complex picture books illustrate themes and build experience in character interpretation
  • * More demand on the reader to use a variety of strategies to understand plot, theme and
       new vocabulary
  • * Writers use devices such as irony and whimsy to create interest and communicate the nature
       of characters
How do I know if my child is a Level N reader?
  • * Process short fiction stories, chapter books, short informational texts, series books and mysteries
  • * Read fiction texts that have many characters that change in the story
  • * Read nonfiction texts on many related topics
  • * Automatically use strategies (find smaller words inside the bigger word, use word parts
       like prefixes/suffixes)
  • * Read and understand descriptive words
  • * Slow down to understand or search for information
  • * Understand difficult sentences
  • * Read silently at a good rate

Check out River Vale Library's
"Level N" 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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