What are some indicators of a Level R text?
Fiction and nonfiction texts represent a range of times in history
Wider variety of texts
Sophisticated vocabulary requires an understanding of connotative shadings of meaning
Literary devices such as simile and metaphor require background knowledge
Technical aspects of texts require background knowledge
Mature themes include family problems, war and death
Readers must connect concepts and themes to political and historical events or environmental information
How do I know if my child is a Level R reader?
Automatically read and understand characteristics of most genres including biographies, new topics, chapter books, shorter informational texts, mysteries, series, books with sequels and short stories
Read fiction stories with many characters that change throughout the story
Make sense of new vocabulary words
Look for information in pictures, photographs, maps, charts, etc.
Can break words into syllables
Read silently for the most part
Understand texts with different layouts
Use strategies to figure out difficult words
Check out River Vale Library's
"Level R" 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