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Level L

What are some indicators of a Level L text?

  • Includes chapter books with fewer illustrations and complex picture books

  • Texts contain many multi-syllable and technical words

  • Words are used for a range of connotative meanings

  • Print size is varied but often much smaller

  • Includes a full range of genres from realistic fiction to biography

  • More characters are speaking with dialogue not always assigned

  • Plots and characters are more sophisticated

  • Characters develop and change in response to events in the story

  • Events in chapters build on each other requiring the reader to recall and keep track of information

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

  • Read easy chapter books with less pictures

  • Read short informational & fiction books

  • Read slower or faster - depending on the book

  • Learn new concepts through reading

  • Use what they already know to help their reading

  • Use pictures and text to help understand

  • Connect known facts to new information

  • Understand difficult ideas

  • Understand a large number of words (plurals, contractions, possessives, multi-syllable words, content-specific words and technical words)

  • Understand difficult sentences

  • Read silently during independent reading

  • 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 L" 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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