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Text Complexity

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Transcript of Text Complexity

Common Core
and
Text Complexity Make sure the classroom is
full of informational books,
newspapers (online or hard
copies), and credible websites. Text Complexity Defined Collaborate "No man is an island." Takeaways Common Core
Text Types What words come to mind when you
think of Common Core and
text complexity? Quantitative Measurement Why does text
complexity
matter? Today’s students are
not college and career
ready in terms of reading,
and schools must give
them the tools to succeed
in this area. Common Core Standards require that schools implement more challenging texts in each grade level and include more informational texts. If we are not teaching the skills to read complex and informational texts in our classrooms, students will only get information from here “The inherent difficulty of reading and comprehending a text combined with consideration of reader and task variables; in the Standards, a three-part assessment of text difficulty that pairs qualitative and quantitative measures with reader-task considerations.”
CCSS Appendix A Measures such as: Common Core Lexile Levels Reader and Task considerations – background knowledge of reader, motivation, interests, and complexity generated by tasks assigned often best made by educators employing their professional judgment. Reader and Task Quantitative measures – readability and other scores of text complexity often best measured by computer software. Quantitative Qualitative measures – levels of meaning, structure, language conventionality and clarity, and knowledge demands often best measured by an attentive human reader. Qualitative Measuring Text Complexity Step 2: Qualitative Measures Reader and Task Quantitative Qualitative Step 1:
Examples of variables specific to readers: Step 3: Reader and Task Considerations . Or…
Use the Georgia
Text Complexity
Rubric! Choose an excerpt of text from Appendix B:
Where do we find texts in the appropriate text complexity band? Step 3 Step 2 Step 1 Based upon our examination of the Reader and Task Considerations, we have completed the third leg of the text complexity model and are now ready to recommend a final placement within a text complexity band. . The Georgia
Text Complexity
Rubric score can be
affirmed here. Informational Text

Informational text and literary
non-fiction for both elementary
and secondary grades includes:
Exposition
Historic non-fiction
Biographies and auto-biographies
Speeches
Historical documents
Technical documents In elementary grades this includes stories and poetry for both read alouds and independent reading. Read alouds include chapter books, even at the kindergarten level.
In secondary grades this includes novels, short stories, poetry, and drama. Literary Text Pair an early reading book, even a picture book, with informational texts containing pictures. This benefits students because they are exposed to academic vocabulary and small portions of a complex text at an early age.

http://www.kidsbutterfly.org/life-cycle Early Elementary Teacher guided:
Compare copies of The Birmingham News and The Flint City News to compare and contrast the different cities today or compare the cities today to how they were portrayed in the novel.

Student independent reading
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1431932 Middle School Science -
http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/genetic/human-cloning.htm Theological -
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/20/science/20tier.html?_r=0 Ethical -
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,999233,00.html High School Scaffold for struggling readers
or difficult texts Inspire Learning We can't be so caught up in the method
that we forget to pass on the love and magic
of learning. All three parts of text complexity
measurement are important Sources Common Core Standards
CCGPS ELA Text Complexity Guide
Kansas State Department of Education, Text Complexity Training Read aloud
Make prior connections
Pre-teach vocabulary
Use visual aids
Create graphic organizers Cover different Depths of Knowledge Powering
Up.... word length word frequency word difficulty sentence length text length text cohesion levels of meaning
levels of purpose
structure
organization
language
prior knowledge
demands Motivation
Knowledge
Experiences

Examples of variables specific to tasks:
Purpose for reading
Complexity of task
Complexity of questions asked
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