Text Complexity with Carol Jago
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Text complexity is something all teachers struggle with when selecting reading for their class. They can look at lexile levels, but that doesn’t always represent that text complexity or deeper meaning of the text.
Consultant Carol Jago discusses the considerations for navigating text complexity in this excerpt from one of a series of on-demand, point-of-use professional development podcasts available in Journeys Common Core, Grades K-6, Collections, Grades 6-12, and HMH Professional Development Services courses.
What does the Lexile® measure mean?https://cdn.lexile.com/m/uploads/downloadablepdfs/WhatDoestheLexileMeasureMean.pdf
There are two Lexile measures:
the Lexile reader measure and the Lexile text measure.
A Lexile measure is based on two strong predictors of how difficult a text is to comprehend:
word frequency and sentence length.
Many other factors affect the relationship between a reader and a book, including its content, the age and interests of the reader, and the design of the actual book.
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Arthur M. Glenberg, et al.
Journal of Educational Psychology 96 (2004): 424–36.
This study describes an experiment in which young children read a passage and manipulate plastic figures so that they can portray the actions and relationships in the passage. By manipulating the figures, the children get a structured, embodied experience with a clear goal (portray the action in the text). After some practice doing this, the children were asked to simply imagine manipulating the figures. This is a request to engage in simulation in their heads. As a posttest, the children read a final passage without any prompting.
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