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Level A

What are some indicators of a Level A text?

  • One line of text - Focus on print and directional text (example, left to right)

  • Large spaces between words

  • Sentence structure is similar to child's language

  • Repeated patterns

  • Includes basic sight words

  • Punctuation includes periods, question marks and exclamation marks

  • Pictures are highly supportive of the text

  • Topics are familiar to children

  • Focus on a single idea

How do I know if my child is a Level A reader?

  • Recognize letters and their sounds

  • Points to words while reading

  • Use pictures to support understanding

  • Know the difference between words and pictures

  • One sentence per page with simple words

  • Read easy, high frequency words -- (the, a, I, and, is, can, in, it.)

Check out the River Vale Library's

"Level A" 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

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