Level W

What are some indicators of a Level W text?
  • * Themes explore the human condition
  • * Fiction and nonfiction present characters who suffer hardship and learn from it
  • * Writing is sophisticated, with complex sentences, literary language and symbolism
  • * Texts have print in a small font
  • * Readers must have an awareness of social and political issues to comprehend texts
  • * Fantasy and science fiction introduce heroic characters, moral questions and contests
       between good and evil
  • * Informational texts may present complex graphic information and require a whole range
       of content knowledge
  • * Readers must understand all the basic nonfiction organizational structures
  • * Narrative biographies include many details and prompt readers to make inferences about what
       motivated the subject's achievements
How do I know if my child is a Level W reader?
  • * Read and understand characteristics of most genres, including biographies
       on new topics, fantasies, chapter books, shorter informational texts, mysteries, series,
       books with sequels, short stories, diaries & logs, and myths & legends
  • * Read and understand mature themes that expand knowledge of social issues 
  • * Use tools such as glossaries, as well as what they already know to understand difficult words
  • * Look for information in pictures, photographs, maps, charts, etc.
  • * Read texts that require knowing about history
  • * Read silently for the most part
  • * Search for and use information in a text

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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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