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Difference between "bands" and levels? Messages in this topic - RSS

FPUser115443
FPUser115443
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5/19/2019
FPUser115443
FPUser115443
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I've seen resources have bands (ex: K-M) and characteristics specific to individual levels (ex: K vs. L). How do you differentiate between the two? How are they different? How should they be used differently?
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Debbie Magoulick, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Debbie Magoulick, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
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5/20/2019
FPUser115443 wrote:
I've seen resources have bands (ex: K-M) and characteristics specific to individual levels (ex: K vs. L). How do you differentiate between the two? How are they different? How should they be used differently?


There are several resources that discuss the gradient of texts and what they mean. Levels are determined by using an analysis of ten characteristics. Any of these characteristics can cause a particular text to be easier or harder for a particular student so levels are always somewhat of a range of behaviors. Text levels should only be used in analyzing texts to select for guided reading groups or intervention lessons. The following links will get you started in researching this topic.
https://www.fountasandpinnell.com/resourcelibrary/resource?id=280
https://www.fountasandpinnell.com/resourcelibrary/resource?id=440
More can be found under the EXTEND tab.

Best wishes!
Debbie
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