Measure a Text’s Complexity

Measure a Text’s Complexity

Measure a Text’s Complexity Mar 1, 2019 | [Reading] Assessing a text’s complexity sometimes seems like guesswork. Besides the reading level of the passage, what else should we consider? To make the task more concrete and tangible, Kristina Smekens has created a...
Access Digital Texts for MS/HS ELA

Access Digital Texts for MS/HS ELA

For the secondary-level ELA teacher looking to meet the multi-text expectations of the new standards–you’ll love Jim Burke’s digital anthology. He’s organized resources into user-friendly categories and subcategories, including speeches,...
Meet the Multi-Text Expectation

Meet the Multi-Text Expectation

As everyday readers, we seek several texts for information on the same topic. When a situation breaks out in the world, we may “catch it” on TV, initially. Then, we read more in the newspaper (print or online versions) the next morning. We listen to...
Build Background Knowledge With Text Sets

Build Background Knowledge With Text Sets

Dr. Robert Marzano was one of the first educational researchers to cite the value in building background knowledge in learners. The data reveals that the more prior knowledge you have on a topic before reading about it, the better you would comprehend the new...
Redefine Fiction and Nonfiction

Redefine Fiction and Nonfiction

No longer can we simply refer to something as fiction and nonfiction. The CCSS requires us to distinguish between literature, informational text, and literary nonfiction–and engage our students with all three. LITERATURE is what we grew up calling fiction. It...