In The Little Raccoon in My Yard, Danny sees a little raccoon in his yard and becomes curious. He decides to follow the little raccoon to see where it goes.
The Little Raccoon in My Yard, part of the In My Yard Set, is a nonfiction/informational C leveled reader, based on independent evaluation by Fountas & Pinnell using the F&P Text Level Gradient. The book is appropriate for Early Emergent readers (Levels A-C). Level C titles typically feature simple characters and colorful pictures that support the printed text. The vocabulary is already familiar to the reader and most pages have just two to five lines of text, with phrases that are repetitive, to help children build confidence as they read. Students reading at level C are able to match spoken words to the printed words with their eyes. Level C readers notice punctuation and begin to use expression and phrasing in their reading as their comprehension skills continue to improve. They understand and can identify a simple sequence of events in the story. Reading at level C, they now have a wider range of high-frequency words and are able to self-correct while reading. Illustrations are still important keys to readers at this level, helping them in the decoding of new words.
Early Emergent Readers
Early Emergent readers benefit from reading books in both the fiction and nonfiction genres. Content should be familiar topics about which students have prior background knowledge. To encourage these young readers and to continue to build confidence, the books should use a carefully controlled text structure and repeated vocabulary. Through practice, Early Emergent readers are continuing to build their vocabulary of frequently-used words. As this vocabulary grows, reading aloud becomes more fluent and begins to sound like natural speaking language.
MaryRuth Books offers many fiction and nonfiction/informational leveled readers, suggested and used by Reading Recovery® and Guided Reading educators when teaching Early Emergent readers. Level C titles can also be helpful tools in supporting and encouraging students who are struggling or reluctant to read.