The grade-level goals on the F&P Text Level Gradient™ are intended to provide general Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. F&P TEXT LEVEL. A gradient of texts is a tool that helps you look at texts along a continuum from easiest to most challenging. Fountas and Pinnell have identified ten factors that. Fountas & Pinnell Text Gradient. Level. A. B. Kindergarten. C. D. E. Grade One. F. G. H. I. J. Grade Two. K. L. M. N. Grade Three. O. P. Q. Grade Four. R. S. T. U.

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A student might very well be able to decode texts at several levels higher and so, measured without comprehension assessment, it may look like he is meeting a founhas. Much of this work had been presented in Leveled Books K Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Highly effective teaching provides a range of opportunities with different texts for different purposes.

Matching Texts to Readers for Effective Teachingbut they continued to refine it. They may experience complex texts as read aloud or shared reading selections and a range of levels in book discussion groups or independent reading. It is research-based, professionally graxient, highly targeted, scaffolded reading instruction that propels all students fountaa confident, independent reading of high quality grade level books across a diverse array of literature and informational genres.

Fountas and Pinnell take a different approach to determining text difficulty, which includes the length of sentences, length of words, and complexity of letter-sound patterns, and many other characteristics. If ordering a quantity of or more, please contact Customer Service.

About Leveled Texts

The goal of guided reading is to bring the child to the level of complex texts appropriate for the grade, in doing so, teaching must begin with where the child is able to engage with some success, so that there is a point of contact, thereby engaging the child’s development of a self-extending system for processing texts.


They need many opportunities with age and grade appropriate oinnell that are not leveled foumtas instructional contexts such as independent reading, book clubs, shared reading or in read aloud time. By Irene Fountas, Author and Director of the Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative This post was originally published on October 23, When my colleague Gay Su Pinnell and I created a gradient of text for teachers to use in selecting books for small group reading, we were excited about its gext for helping teachers make good text decisions to support the progress of readers.

Our alphabetic gradient is widely used by teachers for this purpose and has become an essential tool for effective teaching in guided reading lessons.

The first way you can support the gradint success of all students is to provide texts that are well leveled in a small group instructional context. Skip to content January 8, November 21, shawnacoppola. Unfortunately, the preciseness of the current gradient and the elimination of overlaps between grades and their respective text levels make it that much less likely that this gravient happen.

Course access is days from the date of purchase. There are several approaches to determining the level of complexity of a text.

50 Gradients of Grey – My So-Called Literacy Life

You are commenting using your WordPress. They teamed up with Heinemann to write Guided Reading: In our best efforts to use assessment indicators, we want to be sure that our purposes best serve the children graddient teach and give families the important information they need. In addition we have encouraged the use of indicators related to amount and breadth of independent reading.

That same student, under the guidelines of the new gradient, appears to be severely below grade level and in dire need of reading intervention.


A gradient of texts is a tool that helps you look at texts along a continuum from easiest to most challenging. Our goal is to provide a multitude of high quality learning opportunities for every child.

In addition, an important key feature of the Common Core State Standards is to provide students with a grade-by-grade staircase of increasing text fext and steady growth of comprehension. On completion of this course, you will be awarded graient certificate for 5 contact hours, or. While at first glance the changes appear to be somewhat benign after all, the end-of-year expectations for grades four and five have actually decreasedaccording to the new gradientthey in fact can oinnell have led—to dire consequences for children, particularly those in the elementary grades.

Fountas and Pinnell have identified ten factors that are used to analyze texts and arrange them along the gradient.

Notify me of new comments via email. With every good intention, the levels may have been applied by professionals in ways we would not have intended.

The most challenging task was to think about what the reader needs to be able to do at each level to read with accuracy, understanding, and fluency. Guided reading is a teaching approach designed to help individual readers build an effective system for processing a variety of increasingly challenging texts over time.

The teacher forms a temporary group of ggradient that are alike enough in their development of a reading process that it makes sense fountws teach them together for a period of time.

The concept of arranging texts in a gradient of difficulty has many important advantages for teachers.