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Level V

What are some indicators of a Level V text?

  • Biographies go beyond simple narratives to provide significant amount of historical information and focus on harsh themes and difficult periods of history

  • Science fiction presents sophisticated ideas and concepts

  • Text requires readers to think critically

  • Full appreciation of the texts requires noticing aspects of the writer's craft

  • Texts have print in a small font

  • Novels may be 200 - 300 pages long

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

  • 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 V" 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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