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Level Y

What are some indicators of a Level Y text?

  • Texts have subtle themes and complex plots

  • Include a whole range of social problems as themes may contain more explicit details (ex. Details about death or prejudice)

  • Texts include irony and satire, literary devices requiring readers to think beyond the literal meaning of the texts

  • Fantasies are complex depicting hero figures and heroic journeys

  • Readers are required to discern underlying lessons and analyze texts for traditional elements

How do I know if my child is a Level Y 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 (abuse, poverty, war, etc.)

  • Use critical thinking skills

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

  • Read texts that require knowledge about history and science

  • Read silently for the most part

  • Search for and use information in a text

  • Read texts with many characters that change in the story

  • Use known information to understand a text

  • Read long texts with long sentences and paragraphs

Check out River Vale Library's
"Level Y" 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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