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Level E

What are some indicators of a Level E text?

  • Sentences include more embedded phrases and clauses

  • More variety in language including some literary language

  • Topics range beyond the familiar

  • Genres include realistic fiction, fantasy and nonfiction (simple informational books)

  • Font size may vary

  • Texts range from ten to twenty pages

  • Text structure is more complex, often with several simple episodes

  • More characters, but not very developed

  • Picture support is moderate

  • Increase number of words and lines of print

  • Greater variety of high frequency words

  • Frequent dialogue and full range of punctuation

  • More multi-syllable words and less common spelling patterns

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

  • Read books with 3 - 8 lines of text

  • Follow text with eyes rather than pointing

  • Read texts that require more attention for understanding

  • Follow punctuation correctly

  • Take apart long words

  • Rely on meaning from the text rather than pictures

  • Read fluently

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

Check out River Vale Library's "Level E" 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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