Penguin Young Readers

From ABC to Mastery

Level 2 Progressing Reader

These books are perfect for a Progressing Reader who:

  • can figure out unknown words by using picture and context clues;
  • can recognize beginning, middle, and ending sounds;
  • can make and confirm predictions about what will happen in the text; and
  • can distinguish between fiction and nonfiction.

Guided Reading Level Information

Look below to learn more about the specific attributes of each Guided Reading Level.

  • Sentences include more embedded phrases and clauses
  • More variety in language including some literary language
  • Topics range beyond the familiar
  • Genres include realistic fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction (simple informational books)
  • Font size may vary
  • Texts range from ten to twenty pages
  • Text structure is more complex, often with several simple episodes
  • More characters, but not very developed
  • Picture support is moderate
  • Increase number of words and lines of print
  • Greater variety of high frequency words
  • Frequent dialogue and full range of punctuation
  • More multisyllable words and less common spelling patterns
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  • Language reflects patterns that are more characteristic of written language than spoken language
  • Concepts are more distant from local knowledge or the everyday world
  • Some texts have abstract ideas which require discussion
  • Themes emerge
  • Genres include realistic fiction, human and animal fantasy, simple folktales, and nonfiction (informational texts)
  • Text range from ten to thirty pages
  • Full range of punctuation to enhance meaning
  • Longer texts may have longer sentences and/or more lines of text per page and shorter texts
  • May have unusual language patterns or technical words
  • Greater variety in vocabulary
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  • Sentences are longer with many embedded clauses
  • Several high frequency words which increase in difficulty
  • Large number of decodable words with regular and irregular patterns
  • Several episodes with a variety of characters
  • Ideas and vocabulary are more challenging with some specialized vocabulary
  • Story line is carried by the text
  • Pictures support and extend meaning
  • Readers are expected to remember information and action over a longer reading time
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  • Language is not repetitious
  • Full range of high frequency words
  • Size and placement of print varies widely
  • Some repeated episodes
  • Content moves away from familiar experiences
  • Genres include realistic fiction, fantasy, folktales, and nonfiction (informational texts)
  • Characters tend to learn and change
  • Picture support is used to enhance and extend meaning as well as arouse interest
  • Story events require interpretation
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  • Multiple episodes are highly elaborated
  • Most text lengths are about the same as G and H (ten to thirty pages) but have smaller print size
  • Some longer texts thirty to forty pages
  • Texts use a great deal of dialogue
  • Pictures enhance meaning but provide little support for precise word solving and meaning
  • Complex word solving is required with multi-syllable words
  • Paragraphs and sentences are longer
  • Readers transition to texts that my call for sustaining interest and meaning over several reading periods
  • Some chapter-like books
  • Most books are narrative (realistic fiction, fantasy, and folktales) with a plot and solution
  • Informational books are shorter with more difficult content
  • Characters and story events require interpretation
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Sources: Leveled Books for Readers Grades 3-6 (Fountas & Pinnell) and Matching Books to Readers: Using Leveled Books in Guided Reading, K-3 (Fountas & Pinnell)