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Level N

What are some indicators of a Level N text?

  • Chapter books are usually 100 or more pages with short chapters and memorable characters

  • Nonfiction titles are generally shorter and may present social issues

  • Topics of informational books and settings for narratives go well beyond readers' personal experiences

  • Complex picture books illustrate themes and build experience in character interpretation

  • More demand on the reader to use a variety of strategies to understand plot, theme and new vocabulary

  • Writers use devices such as irony and whimsy to create interest and communicate the nature of characters

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

  • Process short fiction stories, chapter books, short informational texts, series books and mysteries

  • Read fiction texts that have many characters that change in the story

  • Read nonfiction texts on many related topics

  • Automatically use strategies (find smaller words inside the bigger word, use word parts like prefixes/suffixes)

  • Read and understand descriptive words

  • Slow down to understand or search for information

  • Understand difficult sentences

  • Read silently at a good rate

Check out River Vale Library's
"Level N" 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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