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Text Complexity Toolkit

To help put the right book in each reader's hands, use the following tools to implement comprehensive text complexity analyses within your instructional plans.

Standards Model
of Text Complexity
Reader and Task Qualitative Quantitative
Qualitative Measures Quantitative Measures
Reader & Task Considerations Data-Driven Analysis

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Four Foundations of TeachingBooks' Text Complexity Support

Qualitative values

Utilizing an innovative rubric that both collects and reveals teachers' crowdsourced opinions about seven distinct elements of text for both informational and literary books.

Quantitative values

Assigning appropriate grade bands with a crosswalk that translates Lexile levels of specific books to a half-dozen other computer-generated measures, including Fountas & Pinnell and ATOS.

Reader and task considerations

Offering questions that guide teachers to keep these vital elements of literacy in mind.

Genre & curricular area measurements

Revealing the variety and differentiation of titles on any booklist — highlighting what is represented, and tools that grow and balance the list.

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