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Text Complexity Differentiation Report:
"Challenged Children's Books"

In an effort to put the right book in each reader's hands, this report gives you the following insights into the books on this list.

Quantitative Measures

Below is the low, high, and average Lexile® levels for the books in this list. We hope this range shows the variety and differentiation that you want for these titles.

(39 of 53 titles have known Lexile® levels.)

Lexile® Average: 643 (Range: 190 - 1010)


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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Reading Level and Grade Band Crosswalk

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

Qualitative Measures

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 that you want for these titles.

(15 of 53 titles have known qualitative measurements.)

 

Qualitative Text Complexity Ranges

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

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


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

Genre & Curricular Area Measures Summary

Below please find the most common Genres and Curricular Areas for the books in this list. We hope this information shows the variety and differentiation that you want for these titles.

(53 of 53 titles have genres or curricular ares.)

Genres
  • Realistic Fiction (18 books)
  • Nonfiction (9 books)
  • Historical Fiction (7 books)
  • Science Fiction / Fantasy (6 books)
  • Humor (6 books)
  • Graphic Novel (4 books)
  • Mystery (3 books)
  • Poetry (3 books)
  • Adventure (2 books)
  • Beginning Reader (2 books)
  • Fairy Tales / Folklore (2 books)
  • Biography (2 books)
  • Horror (1 books)
Curricular Areas
  • English Language Arts (50 books)
  • Social Studies (17 books)
  • Health (11 books)
  • Science (5 books)
  • History (4 books)
  • Spanish (1 books)
  • STEAM (1 books)
  • Math (1 books)
  • Art (1 books)

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

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.

  • 48 Videos
  • 45 Book Readings
  • 136 Lesson Plans
  • Total of 579 resources

View List and then hover over or click on any book image to get resources for a specific title.

Details for Each Book

Below please find information about each book that reveals curricular areas, genres, Lexile® and Qualitative measures, along with a summary of the collection of online instructional materials available at TeachingBooks.net.


Below are the titles on American Library Association (ALA)'s "Challenged Children's Books". 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/ql6yteg


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Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
Lexile: 570

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Moderately Complex
  • Text Organization: Moderately Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: N/A
  • Conventionality: Moderately Complex
  • Vocabulary: Moderately Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Moderately Complex
  • Life Experiences : Moderately Complex
  • Cultural Knowledge: Moderately Complex
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Blubber by Judy Blume
Lexile: 610

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Moderately Complex
  • Text Organization: Slightly Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: N/A
  • Conventionality: Slightly Complex
  • Vocabulary: Moderately Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Moderately Complex
  • Life Experiences : Moderately Complex
  • Cultural Knowledge: Moderately Complex
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Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson and Donna Diamond
Lexile: 810

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Moderately Complex
  • Text Organization: Slightly Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: Slightly Complex
  • Conventionality: Moderately Complex
  • Vocabulary: Slightly Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Moderately Complex
  • Life Experiences : Moderately Complex
  • Cultural Knowledge: Moderately Complex
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The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
Lexile: 820

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Moderately Complex
  • Text Organization: Slightly Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: N/A
  • Conventionality: Moderately Complex
  • Vocabulary: Moderately Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Moderately Complex
  • Life Experiences : Moderately Complex
  • Cultural Knowledge: Moderately Complex
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Cuban Kids by George Ancona

Cuban Kids

by George Ancona
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Dragonwings by Laurence Yep
Lexile: 870

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Very Complex
  • Text Organization: Moderately Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: N/A
  • Conventionality: Very Complex
  • Vocabulary: Very Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Moderately Complex
  • Life Experiences : Very Complex
  • Cultural Knowledge: Very Complex
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Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Lexile: 320

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Very Complex
  • Text Organization: Moderately Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: Very Complex
  • Conventionality: Slightly Complex
  • Vocabulary: Moderately Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Slightly Complex
  • Life Experiences : Very Complex
  • Cultural Knowledge: Very Complex
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The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder and Alton Raible
Lexile: 1010

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Moderately Complex
  • Text Organization: Moderately Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: Slightly Complex
  • Conventionality: Very Complex
  • Vocabulary: Exceedingly Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Very Complex
  • Life Experiences : Exceedingly Complex
  • Cultural Knowledge: Exceedingly Complex
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James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake
Lexile: 790

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Very Complex
  • Text Organization: Moderately Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: Slightly Complex
  • Conventionality: Very Complex
  • Vocabulary: Very Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Moderately Complex
  • Life Experiences : Very Complex
  • Cultural Knowledge: Moderately Complex
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Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George and John Schoenherr
Lexile: 860

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Moderately Complex
  • Text Organization: Moderately Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: Slightly Complex
  • Conventionality: Moderately Complex
  • Vocabulary: Moderately Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Moderately Complex
  • Life Experiences : Very Complex
  • Cultural Knowledge: Very Complex
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The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter
Lexile: 640

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Slightly Complex
  • Text Organization: Slightly Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: Moderately Complex
  • Conventionality: Slightly Complex
  • Vocabulary: Moderately Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Moderately Complex
  • Subject Matter Knowledge: Very Complex
  • Intertextuality: Moderately Complex
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Nasreen's Secret School by Jeanette Winter
Lexile: 630

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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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Lexile: 920

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Very Complex
  • Text Organization: Moderately Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: N/A
  • Conventionality: Moderately Complex
  • Vocabulary: Very Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Moderately Complex
  • Life Experiences : Very Complex
  • Cultural Knowledge: Very Complex
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The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
Lexile: 770

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Moderately Complex
  • Text Organization: Moderately Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: N/A
  • Conventionality: Moderately Complex
  • Vocabulary: Very Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Moderately Complex
  • Life Experiences : Very Complex
  • Cultural Knowledge: Very Complex
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This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
Lexile: 300

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Very Complex
  • Text Organization: Moderately Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: Exceedingly Complex
  • Conventionality: Moderately Complex
  • Vocabulary: Moderately Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Moderately Complex
  • Life Experiences : Moderately Complex
  • Cultural Knowledge: Moderately Complex
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The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
Lexile: 920

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Very Complex
  • Text Organization: Moderately Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: N/A
  • Conventionality: Moderately Complex
  • Vocabulary: Moderately Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Moderately Complex
  • Life Experiences : Very Complex
  • Cultural Knowledge: Very Complex
 
 

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