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Text Complexity Differentiation Report:
"Carter G. Woodson Book Award, 1974-2017"

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.

(103 of 189 titles have known Lexile® levels.)

Lexile® Average: 967 (Range: 520 - 1300)


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 (BETA)

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 189 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.

(188 of 189 titles have genres or curricular ares.)

Genres
  • Nonfiction (158 books)
  • Biography (117 books)
  • Sports (12 books)
  • Holiday (4 books)
  • Fairy Tales / Folklore (3 books)
  • Historical Fiction (2 books)
  • Graphic Novel (1 books)
Curricular Areas
  • History (121 books)
  • Social Studies (104 books)
  • English Language Arts (68 books)
  • Music (14 books)
  • Art (10 books)
  • Physical Education (7 books)
  • Spanish (6 books)
  • Science (4 books)
  • STEAM (4 books)
  • (1 books)
  • Health (1 books)
Not Represented

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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.

  • 63 Videos
  • 47 Book Readings
  • 110 Lesson Plans
  • Total of 901 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.


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American Indians Today: Issues and Conflicts by

American Indians Today: Issues and Conflicts

by
No Cover Available
Black Music in America: A History Through Its People by

Black Music in America: A History Through Its People

by
No Cover Available
Children of the Maya by

Children of the Maya

by
No Cover Available
The Chinese Americans by

The Chinese Americans

by
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Claudette Colvin by
Lexile: 1000

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Moderately Complex
  • Text Organization: Moderately Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: Moderately Complex
  • Conventionality: Moderately Complex
  • Vocabulary: Moderately Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Moderately Complex
  • Subject Matter Knowledge: Moderately Complex
  • Intertextuality: Moderately Complex
No Cover Available
Coming to North America: From Mexico, Cuba, & Puerto Rico by

Coming to North America: From Mexico, Cuba, & Puerto Rico

by and Susan Garver
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Daniel Inouye by

Daniel Inouye

by
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The Daring Escape of Ellen Craft by
Lexile: 570

Qualitative Measures:

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Dark Harvest by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Dave the Potter by
Lexile: 1100

Qualitative Measures:

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Dear Benjamin Banneker by
Lexile: 1100

Qualitative Measures:

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Dear Miss Breed by
Lexile: 1040

Qualitative Measures:

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Denied, Detained, Deported by
Lexile: 1170

Qualitative Measures:

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Don't Throw Away Your Stick Till You Cross the River by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Dragonwings by
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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Early Black Reformers by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Edmonia Lewis by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Ella Fitzgerald by
Lexile: 1010

Qualitative Measures:

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Emancipation Proclamation by
Lexile: 1160

Qualitative Measures:

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A Fence Away from Freedom by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Fifty Cents and a Dream by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Slightly Complex
  • Text Organization: Slightly Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: Moderately Complex
  • Conventionality: Moderately Complex
  • Vocabulary: Slightly Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Moderately Complex
  • Subject Matter Knowledge: Moderately Complex
  • Intertextuality: Moderately Complex
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The First Step by
Lexile: 770

Qualitative Measures:

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The Flight of Red Bird by
Lexile: 960

Qualitative Measures:

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Freedom Summer by
Lexile: 980

Qualitative Measures:

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Freedom Walkers by
Lexile: 1110

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Moderately Complex
  • Text Organization: Slightly 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
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The Girl from the Tar Paper School by
Lexile: 1100

Qualitative Measures:

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Gordon Parks by
Lexile: 770

Qualitative Measures:

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The Great Migration by
Lexile: 830

Qualitative Measures:

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Growing Season by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Gwendolyn Brooks by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

No Cover Available
Happily May I Walk: American Indians and Alaska Natives Today by

Happily May I Walk: American Indians and Alaska Natives Today

by
No Cover Available
The Hardest Lesson: Personal Accounts of a School Desegregation Crisis by

The Hardest Lesson: Personal Accounts of a School Desegregation Crisis

by
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The Harlem Renaissance by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Harlem's Little Blackbird by
Lexile: 770

Qualitative Measures:

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Harriet by
Lexile: 1050

Qualitative Measures:

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Harvesting Hope by
Lexile: 880

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Moderately Complex
  • Text Organization: Moderately Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: Moderately Complex
  • Conventionality: Moderately Complex
  • Vocabulary: Moderately Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Moderately Complex
  • Subject Matter Knowledge: Moderately Complex
  • Intertextuality: Moderately Complex
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Hector Lives in the United States Now: The Story of a Mexican-American Child by

Hector Lives in the United States Now: The Story of a Mexican-American Child

by and Richard Hewett
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Hey, Charleston! by
Lexile: 1040

Qualitative Measures:

No Cover Available
Hispanic Voters: A Voice in American Politics by

Hispanic Voters: A Voice in American Politics

by
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Hoang Anh by
Lexile: 920

Qualitative Measures:

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How My Family Lives in America by
Lexile: 680

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Moderately Complex
  • Text Organization: Moderately Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: Slightly Complex
  • Conventionality: Slightly Complex
  • Vocabulary: Very Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Moderately Complex
  • Subject Matter Knowledge: Moderately Complex
  • Intertextuality: Moderately Complex
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I Am Rosa Parks by
Lexile: 520

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Slightly Complex
  • Text Organization: Slightly Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: Moderately Complex
  • Conventionality: Moderately Complex
  • Vocabulary: Moderately Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Moderately Complex
  • Subject Matter Knowledge: Very Complex
  • Intertextuality: Very Complex
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In America's Shadow by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

No Cover Available
In Two Worlds: A Yu'pik Eskimo Family by

In Two Worlds: A Yu'pik Eskimo Family

by
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Into a Strange Land by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

No Cover Available
Issues in Racism by

Issues in Racism

by
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James Van DerZee by
Lexile: 1070

Qualitative Measures:

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The Japanese American Family Album by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Jim Thorpe's Bright Path by
Lexile: 870

Qualitative Measures:

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John Lewis in the Lead by
Lexile: 950

Qualitative Measures:

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Konnichiwa! I Am a Japanese-American Girl by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Langston Hughes by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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The Last Princess by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Leon's Story by
Lexile: 970

Qualitative Measures:

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Let It Shine by
Lexile: 1000

Qualitative Measures:

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Let Them Play by
Lexile: 1100

Qualitative Measures:

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The Life and Death of Crazy Horse by
Lexile: 1100

Qualitative Measures:

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Life in a Japanese American Internment Camp by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Lincoln and Douglass by
Lexile: 970

Qualitative Measures:

No Cover Available
Living in Two Worlds: The Story of Bi-Racial Children by

Living in Two Worlds: The Story of Bi-Racial Children

by
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A Long Hard Journey by
Lexile: 1050

Qualitative Measures:

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Louis Sockalexis by
Lexile: 920

Qualitative Measures:

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Madam C.J. Walker by
Lexile: 620

Qualitative Measures:

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Magic Windows / Ventanas Magicas by
Lexile: 810

Qualitative Measures:

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Make a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord! by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Many Thousand Gone by
Lexile: 990

Qualitative Measures:

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March Book Three by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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The March on Washington by
Lexile: 1200

Qualitative Measures:

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Marching to the Mountaintop by
Lexile: 1200

Qualitative Measures:

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Marian Anderson by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Master of Mahogany by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Matthew Henson by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Maya Angelou by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

No Cover Available
Mexico and the United States, Their Linked Destinies by

Mexico and the United States, Their Linked Destinies

by
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The Mississippi Burning Civil Rights Murder Conspiracy Trial by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Mississippi Challenge by
Lexile: 1120

Qualitative Measures:

No Cover Available
Morning Star, Black Sun: The Northern Cheyenne Indians and America's Energy Crisis by

Morning Star, Black Sun: The Northern Cheyenne Indians and America's Energy Crisis

by and Paul Conklin
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Mountain Chef by
Lexile: 940

Qualitative Measures:

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Multiethnic Teens and Cultural Identity by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Music Was It by
Lexile: 970

Qualitative Measures:

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A Nation's Hope by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Exceedingly Complex
  • Text Organization: Moderately Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: Moderately Complex
  • Conventionality: Very Complex
  • Vocabulary: Very Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Very Complex
  • Subject Matter Knowledge: Very Complex
  • Intertextuality: Exceedingly Complex
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Native American Doctor by
Lexile: 1110

Qualitative Measures:

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Native American Testimony by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

No Cover Available
New Kids on the Block: Oral Histories of Immigrant Teens by

New Kids on the Block: Oral Histories of Immigrant Teens

by
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No Easy Answers by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Now Is Your Time! by
Lexile: 1030

Qualitative Measures:

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Our Golda by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Outward Dreams by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Passenger on the Pearl by
Lexile: 1160

Qualitative Measures:

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Paul Robeson, Hero Before His Time by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Poet by
Lexile: 730

Qualitative Measures:

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The Port Chicago 50 by
Lexile: 950

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Moderately Complex
  • Text Organization: Moderately Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: Moderately Complex
  • Conventionality: Moderately Complex
  • Vocabulary: Moderately Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Moderately Complex
  • Subject Matter Knowledge: Very Complex
  • Intertextuality: Moderately Complex
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The Power of One by
Lexile: 1110

Qualitative Measures:

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Pride Against Prejudice by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Prince Estabrook by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Princess Ka'iulani by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Princess of the Press by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Pueblo Storyteller by
Lexile: 890

Qualitative Measures:

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Racial Prejudice by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Ramadan by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Reaching Out by
Lexile: 910

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Very Complex
  • Text Organization: Very Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: Slightly Complex
  • Conventionality: Very Complex
  • Vocabulary: Moderately Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Moderately Complex
  • Subject Matter Knowledge: Very Complex
  • Intertextuality: Moderately Complex
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Red Bird Sings by
Lexile: 940

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
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Red-Tail Angels by
Lexile: 1170

Qualitative Measures:

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Remembering Manzanar by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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The Riches of Oseola McCarty by
Lexile: 950

Qualitative Measures:

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The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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The Rise of Jim Crow by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Roberto Clemente by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Roberto Clemente by
Lexile: 800

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Slightly Complex
  • Text Organization: Slightly Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: Slightly Complex
  • Conventionality: Slightly Complex
  • Vocabulary: Moderately Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Moderately Complex
  • Subject Matter Knowledge: Very Complex
  • Intertextuality: Moderately Complex
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Rosa Parks by
Lexile: 600

Qualitative Measures:

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Sacagawea by
Lexile: 840

Qualitative Measures:

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Saga of the Sioux by
Lexile: 1140

Qualitative Measures:

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Searching for Sarah Rector by
Lexile: 1050

Qualitative Measures:

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Seeds of Freedom by
Lexile: 830

Qualitative Measures:

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Separate Is Never Equal by
Lexile: 870

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
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Sequoyah's Gift by
Lexile: 870

Qualitative Measures:

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Shadow Catcher by
Lexile: 1040

Qualitative Measures:

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Shining Star by
Lexile: 970

Qualitative Measures:

No Cover Available
Shirley Chisholm, Teacher and Congresswoman by

Shirley Chisholm, Teacher and Congresswoman

by
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Simeon's Story by
Lexile: 1050

Qualitative Measures:

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Sit-In by
Lexile: 600

Qualitative Measures:

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Sitting Bull and His World by
Lexile: 890

Qualitative Measures:

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Sitting Bull by
Lexile: 860

Qualitative Measures:

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Slavery Time When I Was Chillun by
Lexile: 830

Qualitative Measures:

No Cover Available
Sojourner Truth: From Slave to Activist for Freedom by

Sojourner Truth: From Slave to Activist for Freedom

by
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Songs from the Loom by
Lexile: 850

Qualitative Measures:

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Sophisticated Ladies by
Lexile: 1000

Qualitative Measures:

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Sorrow's Kitchen by
Lexile: 1040

Qualitative Measures:

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The Sound That Jazz Makes by
Lexile: 1300

Qualitative Measures:

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Starting Home by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Step Right Up by
Lexile: 910

Qualitative Measures:

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Stolen Into Slavery by
Lexile: 1060

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Moderately Complex
  • Text Organization: Moderately Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: Moderately Complex
  • Conventionality: Moderately Complex
  • Vocabulary: Moderately Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Moderately Complex
  • Subject Matter Knowledge: Very Complex
  • Intertextuality: Moderately Complex
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Story Painter by
Lexile: 950

Qualitative Measures:

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A Strong Right Arm by
Lexile: 860

Qualitative Measures:

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Surfer of the Century by
Lexile: 980

Qualitative Measures:

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Teammates by
Lexile: 930

Qualitative Measures:

  • Meaning: Moderately Complex
  • Text Organization: Slightly Complex
  • Use of Visual Features: Moderately Complex
  • Conventionality: Moderately Complex
  • Vocabulary: Moderately Complex
  • Sentence Structure: Moderately Complex
  • Subject Matter Knowledge: Moderately Complex
  • Intertextuality: Moderately Complex
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This Land Is Our Land by
Lexile: 1080

Qualitative Measures:

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Through My Eyes by
Lexile: 860

Qualitative Measures:

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Thurgood Marshall by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Till Victory Is Won by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

No Cover Available
To Live in Two Worlds: American Indian Youth Today by

To Live in Two Worlds: American Indian Youth Today

by
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The Trouble They Seen by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Tuskegee Airmen by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Uh Huh! by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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United States v. Amistad by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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An Unspeakable Crime by
Lexile: 1210

Qualitative Measures:

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Up Before Daybreak by
Lexile: 1060

Qualitative Measures:

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Vilma Martinez by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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The Voice That Challenged a Nation by
Lexile: 1180

Qualitative Measures:

No Cover Available
W.E.B. DuBois by

W.E.B. DuBois

by and Fredrick L. McKissack, Jr.
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Walking the Road to Freedom by
Lexile: 880

Qualitative Measures:

No Cover Available
War Cry on a Prayer Feather: Prose and Poetry of the Ute Indians by

War Cry on a Prayer Feather: Prose and Poetry of the Ute Indians

by
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What I Had Was Singing by
Lexile: 970

Qualitative Measures:

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When the Children Marched by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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With One Sky Above Us by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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Women of Hope by
Lexile: 1140

Qualitative Measures:

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The Year They Walked by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

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You May Plow Here by
Lexile: Unknown

Qualitative Measures:

 
 

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