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Level O

What are some indicators of a Level O text?

  • Multiple characters are developed through what they say, think, and do or what others say about them

  • Characters deal with everyday experiences or more serious problems such as war or death

  • Genres expand to include historical and science fiction

  • Chapter books have between 50 - 200 pages

  • Texts have few illustrations - usually black and white drawings or photographs

  • Highly complex sentences employ a wide range of punctuation necessary for understanding the text

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

  • Know the characteristics of most genres

  • Read chapter books, shorter informational texts, mysteries, series books, books with sequels or short stories

  • Read fiction stories with many characters that change throughout the story

  • Read nonfiction texts that give information on many related topics

  • Understand difficult sentences and words

  • Figure out new vocabulary words by using clues

  • Read fluently, like an actor would sound

Check out River Vale Library's
"Level O" 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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