Determining the Complexity of Texts

In addition to finding a text worth reading (see the links below), choosing a text means determining its quantitative and qualitative complexity and its relationship to the intended readers. These skills are covered to a greater or lesser degree in several ELA PD offerings. See what is currently being offered, and contact the ELA C&I PD Center with questions and requests.

Briefly, choosing a text requires three steps:

  1. Quantitative: Use quantitative measures to assign a text to a grade ban [see Juicy Studio, Lexile Framework, Intervention Central, Readability Calculator, TextCompare, Readability Formulas]
  2. Qualitative: Use a rubric to analyze the complexity of a text that appears to be within your students' GLE range
  3. Reader and Task: Use your professional judgment to decide how suited the text is for this task (a specific instructional purpose) with these readers (i.e. the students in front of you, rather than generic students)

For more: CCSSO Resources for Navigating Text Complexity

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Finding Texts

  1. Text Sets (curated and sequenced resources on a topic, with activities, to support building knowledge on that topic)
  2. Leveled Readings:
Topic Area
CCRSAE (College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education)
Curriculum Development
Social Studies
Media Type
Resource Type
PD Center
SABES English Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction PD Center