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Level S

What are some indicators of a Level S text?

  • Complex ideas and information

  • Wider variety of topics and cultures

  • Paragraphs and sentences are complex requiring rapid and fluent reading with attention to meaning

  • Requires automatic assimilation of punctuation

  • Chapter books include all genres with many works of historical fiction and biographies

  • Texts present settings that are distant from personal experience

  • Literary selections offer opportunities for readers to make connections with previously read texts as well as historical events

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

  • Automatically read and understand characteristics of most genres, including biographies on new topics, fantasies, chapter books, shorter informational texts, mysteries, series, books with sequels, short stories, diaries & logs

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

  • Understand hard sentences and words

  • Look for information in pictures, photographs, maps, charts, etc.

  • Can break words into syllables

  • Read silently for the most part

  • Understand texts with different layouts

Check out River Vale Library's
"Level S" 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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