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Level W

What are some indicators of a Level W text?

  • Themes explore the human condition

  • Fiction and nonfiction present characters who suffer hardship and learn from it

  • Writing is sophisticated, with complex sentences, literary language and symbolism

  • Texts have print in a small font

  • Readers must have an awareness of social and political issues to comprehend texts

  • Fantasy and science fiction introduce heroic characters, moral questions and contests between good and evil

  • Informational texts may present complex graphic information and require a whole range of content knowledge

  • Readers must understand all the basic nonfiction organizational structures

  • Narrative biographies include many details and prompt readers to make inferences about what motivated the subject's achievements

How do I know if my child is a Level W 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 and understand mature themes that expand knowledge of social issues

  • Use tools such as glossaries, as well as what they already know to understand difficult words

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

  • Read texts that require knowing about history

  • Read silently for the most part

  • Search for and use information in a text

Check out River Vale Library's
"Level W" 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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