When too much play leaves Bee missing an eye in Oh No, Norman! Norman is worried and doesn’t know what to do. Luckily, Danny’s there and steps in to help in Danny’s Bee Goes to the Hospital. The G leveled reader is appropriate for Upper Emergent readers (Levels F-H), based on independent evaluation by Fountas & Pinnell using the F&P Text Level Gradient™.
Level G readers use clusters, blends and digraphs, as well as consonant and vowel letter-sound relationships to solve words. They can connect words that mean the same or almost the same, and use context and pictures to figure out the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary. Level G readers can quickly and automatically recognize seventy-five or more high-frequency words within continuous text. When reading out loud, they are able to demonstrate (without using a finger to point at words) appropriate rate, phrasing, intonation, and word stress.
At Level G, progressing readers are still reading books with three to eight lines of text per page, but the print size is smaller and there are more words per page. With early reading skills under control, readers can follow slightly more complex story lines. Level G readers are able to understand dimensional characters, identify with them, and feel empathy. They’re able to talk about a character’s motivations and feelings, and can sometimes predict what may happen next based on knowledge of the characters or the type of story they’re reading.
Upper Emergent readers recognize that reading has a variety of purposes and reading different kinds of books is enjoyable for distinct reasons. They should be comfortable reading both fiction and nonfiction/informational books. Reading nonfiction helps young students develop background knowledge, which increases their comprehension 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. MaryRuth Books offers many fiction and nonfiction/informational leveled readers, suggested and used by Reading Recovery®and Guided Reading educators, when teaching Upper Emergent readers.