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Level K

What are some indicators of a Level K text?

  • Includes longer, slightly more complex chapter books with more characters

  • Books have one plot, but many episodes are carried over a period of time

  • Shorter books have more difficult vocabulary (not often used in speech by children), challenging content or more complex themes

  • Genres include realistic fiction, fantasy and nonfiction

  • Some fables or legends and historical fiction may be included (not requiring extensive background knowledge to understand)

  • Large amount of dialogue used to determine what is going on in the plot

  • Characters show various perspectives

  • Books have many characters that change a little in the story

  • Illustrations are placed throughout the text and are used to enhance enjoyment and helps students visualize

  • Readers explore the various connotations of words

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

  • Read many types of texts (informational, biographies, realistic fiction, fantasy, traditional literature, simple)

  • Read many illustrated chapter books

  • Must remember many details

  • Understand dialogue and the use of quotation marks

  • Read stories with diverse cultures

  • Use strategies to figure out hard words (go back and reread, use picture clues, find smaller words inside bigger words, use word parts like prefixes/suffixes)

  • Read silently during independent reading but can read fluently aloud

  • Automatically read a large number of high frequency words (from all previous levels)

  • Read out loud & sound like a normal speaker (not like a robot)

  • Read out loud & sound like an actor (pauses, reads with expression)

Check out River Vale Library's
"Level K" 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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