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Level D

What are some indicators of a Level D text?

  • Longer, more complex stories

  • Some pound sentences conjoined by "and"

  • Simple plot but may include several elaborate episodes

  • Topics are familiar, but may include abstract or unfamiliar ideas

  • Text layout is easy to follow, but font size may vary

  • Texts range from ten to twenty pages

  • Pictures begin to extend meaning of text

  • New punctuation may be included (dashes, ellipses)

  • Larger number of high frequency words/greater variety

  • Includes more word endings, compound words and multi-syllable words

  • More opportunities for decoding words with familiar patterns.

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

  • Read fiction and simple nonfiction

  • Continue to follow text with eyes, rather than pointing

  • Read text with fewer lines of repeated words

  • Read compound words (ex: newspaper, sandbox) and words ending in -ing.

  • Continue to correct reading mistakes

  • Read easy, high frequency words --  (at, am, an, do, go, he, in, like, me, my, no, see, so, to, up, we.)

Check out River Vale Library's

"Level D" 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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