What are some indicators of a Level Z text?
Informational books deal with controversial social concepts and political issues and include detailed historical accounts of periods less well-known
Readers learn new ways of finding technical information
Informational texts include complex examples of the basic organizational structures
Fiction texts explore a wide range of mature themes relative to the human condition
Fantasy texts present heroic quests, symbolism and complex characters
Some texts present graphic details of hardship and violence
How do I know if my child is a Level Z 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 Z" 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