What are some indicators of a Level D text?
Longer, more complex stories
Some pound sentences conjoined by "and"
Simple plot but may include several elaborate episodes
Topics are familiar, but may include abstract or unfamiliar ideas
Text layout is easy to follow, but font size may vary
Texts range from ten to twenty pages
Pictures begin to extend meaning of text
New punctuation may be included (dashes, ellipses)
Larger number of high frequency words/greater variety
Includes more word endings, compound words and multi-syllable words
More opportunities for decoding words with familiar patterns.
How do I know if my child is a Level D reader?
Read fiction and simple nonfiction
Continue to follow text with eyes, rather than pointing
Read text with fewer lines of repeated words
Read compound words (ex: newspaper, sandbox) and words ending in -ing.
Continue to correct reading mistakes
Read easy, high frequency words -- (at, am, an, do, go, he, in, like, me, my, no, see, so, to, up, we.)
Check out River Vale Library's
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