Level Z

What are some indicators of a Level Z text?
  • * Informational books deal with controversial social concepts and political issues and include
       detailed historical accounts of periods less well-known
  • * Readers learn new ways of finding technical information
  • * Informational texts include complex examples of the basic organizational structures
  • * Fiction texts explore a wide range of mature themes relative to the human condition
  • * Fantasy texts present heroic quests, symbolism and complex characters
  • * Some texts present graphic details of hardship and violence
How do I know if my child is a Level Z 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 (abuse, poverty, war, etc.)
  • * Use critical thinking skills
  • * Look for information in pictures, photographs, maps, charts, etc.
  • * Read texts that require knowledge about history and science
  • * Read silently for the most part
  • * Search for and use information in a text
  • * Read texts with many characters that change in the story
  • * Use known information to understand a text
  • * Read long texts with long sentences and paragraphs

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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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