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
Check out River Vale Library's
"Level W" 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