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Text Complexity - Chapter Summary
For an overview of text complexity topics in the English language arts, take a look at this self-paced study guide chapter. This series of short and simple lessons shows you the elements of measuring text complexity, leveling texts and selecting grade-appropriate texts for ELA instruction. When you're finished with the chapter, you should be able to:
- Assess the appropriateness and rigor of a text
- Explain the advantages and disadvantages of leveling texts
- Select texts that meet the need of a variety of readers
When you're finished with a lesson, try the accompanying self-assessment quiz to make sure you fully understand essential text complexity topics. The chapter is available at any time that fits your schedule, and because it's accessible on any Internet-connected device, it'll be easy to study text complexity at home, school, work or wherever you happen to be. Finally, if you have any questions along the way, feel free to submit them to our subject-matter experts.
1. Measuring Text Complexity
This lesson focuses on the necessary components used by educators to measure a text's level of complexity. Using a three part model, teachers across the nation are digging into what truly makes a text grade appropriate, yet rigorous, for a student to read.
2. Leveling Texts: Pros & Cons, Implementation & Best Practices
Teachers commonly use leveled books to meet the needs of various learners in a literacy classroom. Leveled books are useful literacy tools, but can be disadvantageous when they are overused or utilized incorrectly.
3. Selecting Grade-Appropriate Texts
This lesson identifies three key aspects of a text to look at when choosing grade-appropriate readings for students. It also you gives tools and suggestions to use to find readings that will meet the needs of the variety of readers in a classroom setting.
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