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Level T

What are some indicators of a Level T text?

  • Include a variety of genres and text structures

  • Chapter books are long with few illustrations

  • Readers need to recognize symbolism

  • Texts contain many sophisticate, multi-syllable words that readers will need to analyze in terms of both literal and connotative meaning

  • Reader need more prior knowledge of political and historical events and about the problems of different culture and racial groups

  • Themes include growing up, demonstrating courage and experiencing hardship and prejudice

How do I know if my child is a Level T 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, and myths & legends

  • Read longer texts with many lines of print that requires the reader to remember lots of information

  • Use strategies to figure out difficult words

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

  • Can break words into syllables

  • Read silently for the most part

  • Use what they already know to understand a text

Check out River Vale Library's
"Level T" 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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