How Tough Are Your Texts

By on January 6, 2014

LiteracyTA has made it easy for educators to measure text complexity through four characteristics: vocabulary, text structure, your students' knowledge of a subject, and the overall length of a text. Essentially, these four areas is what reading Lexile takes into account when assigning a level of difficulty to a text.

LiteracyTA's Text Complexity Meter allows you to plug in a few numbers and evaluate the complexity of the texts you plan to teach. The Meter can be found in our Common Core Tools section.

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) ask teachers to expose students to rigorous texts and to increase text complexity as students demonstrate growth and mastery of skills and critical content knowledge. Our Text Complexity Meter takes the guess work out of this process and gives educators the ability to assess how tough their texts really are. You might be surprised. 

Spend some time with the Text Complexity Meter and let us know what you think. Remember, LiteracyTA's Lesson Plan Templates and Writing Prompt Builder are two great tools to help you get started with teaching non-fiction texts.

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