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Level I

What are some indicators of a Level I text?

  • Multiple episodes are highly elaborated

  • Most text lengths are about the same as G and H (10 - 30 pages) but have smaller print size

  • Some longer texts are up to 40 pages

  • Texts use a great deal of dialogue

  • Picture enhance meaning but provide little support for precise word solving and meaning

  • Complex word solving is required with multi-syllable words

  • Paragraphs and sentences are longer

  • Reader transition to texts that may call for sustaining interest and meaning over several reading periods

  • Some chapter-like books

  • Most books are narrative (Realistic fiction, fantasy and folktales) with a plot and solution

  • Informational books are shorter with more difficult content

  • Characters and story events require interpretation

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

  • Read short texts ( 8 - 16 pages) and easy chapter books (30 - 40 pages)

  • Understand sentences of more than 10 words

  • Read many texts silently without pointing to words

  • Automatically read a large amount of high frequency words (from all previous levels & more)

  • Read out loud and sounds like normal speaking (not robot-like)

  • Read out loud and sound like an actor (pauses, reading with expression.)

Check out River Vale Library's
"Level I" 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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