Collection Analysis Report

for Back-to-School Stories

This report provides data analyses into the titles on this list to help support your efforts to put the right book in each reader's hands.

This report is organized by Collection Analysis by Genre, Cultural, and Curricular Areas, Quantitative Measures, and Qualitative Measures.

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Collection Analysis by Genre, Cultural, and Curricular Areas

For the 13 books on this list, please find an analysis revealing the quantity of titles associated with genre, cultural, and curriculum classifications. Additionally, please find the "Not Represented" section where you can click to identify other titles to potentially add to this list.

We hope this collection analysis tool helps you achieve the variety and differentiation of books that you want for your reading opportunities.

(13 of 13 titles have genres, curricular, or cultural areas.)

  • English Language Arts (11 books)
  • Realistic Fiction (8 books)
  • Latinx (7 books)
  • Social Studies (7 books)
  • Spanish (6 books)
  • Nonfiction (2 books)
  • Poetry (2 books)
  • Art (1 books)
  • Asian / Pacific American (1 books)
  • Beginning Reader (1 books)
  • History (1 books)
  • Humor (1 books)
  • Middle Eastern (1 books)
  • South Asian (1 books)
  • Women / Girls (1 books)

Genre, Curricular, and Cultural Area categories are assigned by TeachingBooks based on professional reviews, authoritative sources, and company guidelines.

Quantitative Measures

For 8 of 13 titles that have known Lexile levels, below is the low, high, and average Lexile® for the books in this list. We hope these data points, along with the crosswalk to other measures, provide insights into the variety and differentiation of this collection.

Lexile® Average: 602 (Range: 310 - 870)

Reading Level and Grade Band Crosswalk

Grade Band Lexile® ATOS Degrees of Reading Power® Flesch-Kincaid Fountas & Pinnell Reading Maturity SourceRater
2-3 420-820 2.75-5.14 42-54 1.98-5.34 I-P 3.53-613 0.05-2.48
4-5 740-1010 4.97-7.03 52-60 4.51-7.72 O-V 5.42-7.92 0.84-5.75
6-8 925-1185 7.00-9.98 57-67 6.51-10.34 U-Z 7.04-9.57 4.11-10.66
9-10 1050-1335 9.67-12.01 62-72 8.32-12.12 Z+ 8.41-10.81 9.02-13.93
11-12 1185-1385 11.20-14.10 67-74 10.34-14.20 Z+ 9.57-12.00 12.30-14.50
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Key: Purple highlight represents average.

Source: National Governors Association for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers.[1]

Qualitative Measures (BETA)

For 3 of 13 titles that have known qualitative measurements, this graph reveals the aggregated low, high, and average qualitative measures for the books in this list. We hope this range of information shows the variety and differentiation of this collection.

Qualitative Text Complexity Ranges

= low and high range of submitted values = average of submitted values


  • Slightly
  • Moderately
  • Very
  • Exceedingly
Meaning
Text Organization
Use of Visual Features
Conventionality
Vocabulary
Sentence Structure
Life Experience/Subject Knowledge
Cultural Knowledge/Intertextuality

Qualitative measures for each title are determined by crowd sourced results from professional educators who complete the literary or informational text complexity rubrics. These are relatively new on TeachingBooks so only a small percentage of all the titles have currently been evaluated. Perhaps you can help?

Instructional Materials Summary

Below please find a summary of available multimedia texts and instructional materials that enrich and deepen the discussion of the titles on this list.

  • 12 Videos
  • 7 Book Readings
  • 28 Lesson Plans
  • Total of 133 resources

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Details for Each Book

Below are the titles on Colorin Colorado's "Back-to-School Stories". If you wish to see the curricular areas, genres, Lexile® and Qualitative measures, along with the collection of ready-to-use instructional materials, go online to TeachingBooks at: https://www.teachingbooks.net/qlvtfzy

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Moderately Complex
  • Text Organization: Slightly Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: N/A
  • Conventionality: Moderately Complex
  • Vocabulary: Slightly Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Slightly Complex
  • Life Experiences: Moderately Complex
  • Cultural Knowledge: Slightly Complex
View all instructional resources and text complexity results for Bus for Us, The / Nuestro autobus

Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan

by Jeanette Winter

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Moderately Complex
  • Text Organization: Very Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: Very Complex
  • Conventionality: Very Complex
  • Vocabulary: Moderately Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Moderately Complex
  • Subject Matter Knowledge: Very Complex
  • Intertextuality: Very Complex
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Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation

by Duncan Tonatiuh

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Moderately Complex
  • Text Organization: Moderately Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: Moderately Complex
  • Conventionality: Moderately Complex
  • Vocabulary: Very Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Moderately Complex
  • Subject Matter Knowledge: Very Complex
  • Intertextuality: Very Complex
View all instructional resources and text complexity results for Separate Is Never Equal

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