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Level C

What are some indicators of a Level C text?

  • Increased number of words and lines of text

  • Large spaces between words

  • Sentences increase in length and may include some embedded clauses

  • Sentence structure is similar to sutdents' language

  • Some books have repeated words or patterns

  • Most books are about 8 pages

  • Pictures are highly supportive of the text (Students cannot rely on patterns and pictures to read)

  • Includes more basic sight words and some compound words

  • Includes word endings (ex. -s, -ing, - ed)

  • Opportunities for decoding simple words

  • Punctuation includes periods, question marks, exclamation marks and commas

  • Dialogue is frequently included

  • Topics are familiar to children

  • Characters and story plots are straightforward

  • Experiential books - events and artifacts of everyday life

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

  • Read simple stories with 2-6 lines of text per page

  • Notice repeated lines & phrases

  • Begin to follow text with eyes, rather than pointing

  • Use strategies to help understanding

  • Begin to correct reading mistakes

  • Read easy, high frequency words -- (the, and, like, see, here, look, is , can, in, it)

Check out River Vale Library's

"Level C"


  • 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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