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