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Level U

What are some indicators of a Level U text?

  • Informational texts cover a wide range of topics and present specific technical information

  • Illustrations require interpretation and connection to the text

  • Narratives are complex with plots and subplots

  • Texts have several different themes and characters

  • More abstract symbolism and themes

  • Creative text formats are used

How do I know if my child is a Level U 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

  • Search for and use information in a text

Check out River Vale Library's
"Level U" 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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