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December 7. 2017

Early Intervention Leads to Long-Term Success


Over the past few months you’ve been engaging your kindergarten students in rich literacy opportunities, including interactive read-aloud, shared reading, interactive writing, and writing workshop. You're starting to see how they're progressing so far on their short literacy journey. But you might find that some of your young readers are struggling. Is it too early to start intervention? Definitely not.

According to Fountas and Pinnell, a child’s success in first grade will be a strong predictor of literacy success throughout schooling. Early intervention through successful resources such as the Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention Orange System for kindergarten will give children the boost they need to begin first grade at the same reading level as their peers.

WWC validates research showing that LLI has "positive effects on general reading achievement and potentially positive effects on reading fluency for students."

LLI is Efficient

LLI is a small-group, supplementary intervention system, which uses high-quality, original leveled texts at its core.  In the LLI Orange System, the leveled books begin at level A on the F&P Text Level Gradient™ and continue through level E, with a total of 110 lessons. Each new level of text makes increasing demands on the reader, but the demands and resulting changes are gradual.  Click HERE to see a sampler that includes sample books and lessons.

LLI is Effective

Recently, What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) validated an independent study conducted by The University of Memphis’s Center for Research in Educational Policy (CREP) that showed LLI was effective in significantly improving the literacy achievement of struggling readers and writers in grades K–2. Read the full report HERE.

Intervention is particularly important for the lowest-achieving children in kindergarten. Because even with many high-quality literacy opportunities, some children struggle with early literacy learning and need supplementary intervention to get them back on track so they can benefit fully from classroom instruction. They need LLI

~The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Team


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October 5. 2016

What is LLI?


Even with many high-quality literacy opportunities, some students struggle with literacy learning. An intervention system gets them back on track so they can benefit fully from classroom instruction. Fountas & Pinnell’s Leveled Literacy System (LLI) is a literacy intervention system for students who find reading and writing difficult. Its goal is to give students the boost they need to read at the same level as their peers. More...


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A Level is a Teacher's Tool, NOT a Child's Label


It’s hard enough to be a kid. They have lots of things to worry about: parents, friends, sports, grades, etc. Reading can be an escape from those worries, just like it is for adults; it’s a way to relax and plunge yourself into someone else’s world for a little while.  But what happens when a child finds out that they’re not reading on the “same level” as the other children? What does that even mean to them? It’s not good, they know that. Reading has now become another worry to add to the pile of worries. More...


September 23. 2016

What is a level and how can I make it work for me?

Levels of books are more complex than they seem.  The gradations of complexity from one level to the next are subtle, but significant.  Understanding levels and how they work takes time and practice. But it can be done! Here is an explanation to lay the foundation for learning the intricacies behind the levels and how you can use them to make your teaching efficient. More...