What are some indicators of a Level Y text?
Texts have subtle themes and complex plots
Include a whole range of social problems as themes may contain more explicit details (ex. Details about death or prejudice)
Texts include irony and satire, literary devices requiring readers to think beyond the literal meaning of the texts
Fantasies are complex depicting hero figures and heroic journeys
Readers are required to discern underlying lessons and analyze texts for traditional elements
How do I know if my child is a Level Y 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
Check out River Vale Library's
"Level Y" 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