What are some indicators of a Level S text?
Complex ideas and information
Wider variety of topics and cultures
Paragraphs and sentences are complex requiring rapid and fluent reading with attention to meaning
Requires automatic assimilation of punctuation
Chapter books include all genres with many works of historical fiction and biographies
Texts present settings that are distant from personal experience
Literary selections offer opportunities for readers to make connections with previously read texts as well as historical events
How do I know if my child is a Level S reader?
Automatically 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
Read fiction stories with many characters that change throughout the story
Understand hard sentences and 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
Check out River Vale Library's
"Level S" 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