Characteristics of Book Levels by WV05FP

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									                                                 Book Levels



Level N
   Literal change in character
   Characters start to work together
   Setting shows (character) personality
   Secondary characters have an effect on main characters
   Theme/underlying message emerges

Level O:
   Change in story (turning point)
   Characters have personalities that affect the story
   A lot of action (follows plot structure of Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action)
   Real HF takes place (content of history affects story)
   There is an angle or agenda
   2 themes/main ideas/issues

Level P:
   In HF, there is more historical period info
   The major plot change now affects characters

Level Q:
   Each scene brings a new realization
   Characters are multi-faceted
   Setting drives the plot
Band N, O, P, Q

Books: The Chocolate Touch, A-Z Mysteries, Fudge-A-Mania, Amber Brown

Structure:
    Character encounters not just one problem, but several
    Problem may be multidimensional
    Synthesis
    Determining importance
    Multiple story lines- Reader needs to extract the main story line (plot, subplot)
    Revise your ideas/thinking as you read- don’t get stuck on one theory

Characters:
   Think about why characters do what they do (another reason, another part)
   Cause and effect- link earlier parts of the book with later- look for throughlines
   Main character will be complicated and is often conflicted
   Trouble in the story may be internal
   Readers need to pay attention to descriptions of the main character and hold it throughout the book
   Pay close attention to what the characters say about each other

Vocabulary and Syntax:
   Readers will often encounter words and phrases that aren’t part of their everyday spoken language- unique
   Puns, metaphors and other figures of speech are evident “Amber Brown is Not a Crayon”
   Be careful not to misinterpret information as it may lead you astray
Level R:
   Internal conflicts within a character (conflict begins externally)
   Character changes all the time (character may have 2/3 different personas)
   Characters have moral dilemmas
   There are different characters representing different issues
   There is a lot of innuendo
   There are theses and subtheses
   3 themes/issues
   Vocabulary changes, becomes more sophisticated
   Similes are used

Level S:
   Metaphoric descriptions
   3/4/5 issues are simultaneous
   Themes are interconnected
   Issues define character & story
   Major character is changed by other characters (there is a nemesis)
   Setting takes on meaning of its own (and can be “symmetrical” to character)
   There is internal/external conflict

Level T:
   Title of book and beginning do not match (resulting) story
   Characters are intertwined
   Flashbacks get deeper
   Foreshadowing (as literary device) introduced
   Imagery and many other literary devices used (and used more elaborately)
   5 themes all connect & connect to a deeper meaning
Band R, S, T

Books: Because of Winn Dixie, The Tiger Rising, Bridge to Terabithia, Hatchet (the secret)

Structure:
    Stories are layered with meaning- like an iceberg- there is a part that shows and is labeled and discussed-
     it may seem that there is a problem between two characters but the underlying meaning is that of lonliness
    Not all of the problems in the book are solved
    The storyline is less about a character, their problem and a solution, but is more about characters and how
     characters encounter problems and work to respond to those problems, changing and learning in the
     process
    Readers need to follow the evolving plotline and the evolving setting
    Setting becomes a force in the story, influencing characters and the plot
    Settings change because characters relate to them differently throughout the story ex- Tiger rising- dark in
     beginning, sunny at end
    Readers need to accumulate growing understanding of the setting, just as we do with characters
    Readers need to hold more parts of the book in their minds- subplots, subcharacters will often become
     important to the resolution

Character:
   Characterized by complex internal emotional lives
   Readers need to infer what the character is feeling
   Readers will often know more about the character than the character does about themselves- omniscient

Vocabulary and Syntax:
   Increased use of figurative language
   Often contain tricky chapters- books are hard on purpose- read on- the book will become clearer in the end
Level U:
   Characters have sophisticated lives (text to world connection is big!)
   Adult problems arise

Level V:
   Deep innuendo
   Empathy necessary (on part of the reader)
   Symbolism is key!

Level W:
   Social issues affect characters
   Moral dilemma motivates characters
Band U, V, W

Books: Loser, Walk Two Moons, Tangerine, Holes, The Thief Lord, Things Not Seen

Structure:
    Passage of time becomes increasingly complex, often chronologically, look for a big event that happened
     before the story begins
    Read on to learn about the prior event and find the meaning of it (backstory) it can continue through 2/3
     of the book
    Backstory is usually not a flashback, but involves a character telling or uncovering background
     information- a bit at a time
    Multiple plot lines- as a new chapter begins, there may be a new narrator or a character may be left behind
    Characters and setting become symbolic of bigger themes
    Setting can be a symbol for a theme or an issue
    Look for foreshadowing

Characters
    Continue to become more complex
    Characters are often teenagers- it may be difficult to empathize with them
    Point of view may be multi-dimensional- consider perspectives other than that of the protagonist
    The narrator may be unreliable-(Maniac Magee) they may be figuring out the past and the present along
     with the reader
    Large number of characters- important characters may be adults- need to understand the adult world to
     fully comprehend
    There may be themes of oppression, injustice, social norms

Level X:
   Many different theme connect & take reader in different ways
   Various perspectives & analogies made
   Conflict & denial surround the story
   The use of literary devices drives the story

Level Y:
   Very much like X books, but now understand that the characters are adult with adult problems and issues
   The use of symbols and hyperbole brings out points and ideas

Level Z:
   Contains and synthesizes all that precedes

Band X, Y, Z

Books: Homecoming, Monster, Criss Cross, Out of the Dust, King of Shadows, The Giver

Characteristics:
   Books may include multiple genres within one book
   Perspectives overlap and may conflict
   Whole chapters jump back in time
   Narrator is often unreliable- he or she will say things that the reader is expected to realize are not as the
     narrator has stated
   Unreliability of the narrator is a theme- it is impossible for one to be all-knowing- especially about oneself
   Readers need to be able to figure things out
   Expectations on readers go beyond- readers need to be able to draw upon knowledge about the world and
     other books
   References are left unexplained
   In fantasy books, reader needs to bring a wealth of knowledge from mythology, fables and other fantasy
     texts
   Dialogue may become tricky as characters speak with vernacular reminiscent of another time and place

								
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