In Danny, Bee and the Skunk, Danny and Bee find a strange looking cat in their yard. Uh oh! That’s not a cat! Danny and Bee learn the hard way to stay away from skunks. Danny, Bee and the Skunk, part of Dynamo Danny Set 9, is an E leveled, Emergent reader.
Level E Readers
Danny, Bee and the Skunk is an E leveled reader, based on independent evaluation by Fountas & Pinnell using the F&P Text Level Gradient™. The title is appropriate for Emergent readers (Levels D-E). Books at Level E are simple informational texts, animal fantasy, or realistic fiction with familiar themes. Story ideas are typically concrete and easy to understand. Most concepts are strongly supported by illustrations, although Level E readers are becoming more comfortable relying on print. At this level, the vocabulary and themes are still familiar, but sequencing becomes more important. Although Emergent readers no longer rely on repetitive language, most of the words in Level E texts continue to have easy, predictable spelling patterns.
Level E readers are flexible enough to read books with a varied placement of text and a full range of punctuation. They’re able to process increased sentence complexity. Level E readers understand sentences where the verb precedes the subject. They understand that a variety of words can be used to assign dialogue (said, cried, shouted). Level E readers can read sentences that carry over several lines or across two pages. After reading a story, they can recall the events in the sequence in which they happened. They’re also able to solve longer words with inflectional endings. When Level E readers read aloud, they demonstrate fluency and appropriate phrasing.
The guided reading Emergent reader category includes Levels D-E. Emergent readers have a good understanding of the alphabet and early phonics that help them decode unknown words. They are developing comprehension skills and word-attack strategies, and are comfortable with a significant number of high-frequency words. Emergent readers are more flexible in their ability to handle varied placement of text structure and understand most punctuation. They’re also able to recognize that reading has a variety of purposes and reading different kinds of books is enjoyable for distinct reasons.
Reading informational books provides a different type of literacy benefit to early readers. Reading nonfiction helps young students develop background knowledge, which increases their comprehension ability by enabling them to make sense of new ideas. Additionally, informational texts have the potential to motivate students to read more by tapping into their personal interests. Encouraging students to explore a broad array of informational texts can help them see that the real world is as interesting and amazing as any fictional one. MaryRuth Books offers many fiction and nonfiction/informational leveled readers, suggested and used by Reading Recovery® and Guided Reading educators, when teaching Emergent readers.