Text Complexity. The inherent difficulty of reading and comprehending a text combined with consideration of reader and task variables ( Common Core State Standards for ELA ). WCPSS Elementary Principals December 1, 2011. Remember the Six Shifts?. Increase reading of informational text
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The inherent difficulty of reading and comprehending a text combined with consideration of reader and task variables
(Common Core State Standards for ELA)
WCPSS Elementary Principals
December 1, 2011
As the complexity of K-12
The complexity of
reading demands in
Not cognitive level of question…
Not questions focusing on textual elements…
“We were never born
to read. Human beings
invented reading only a
few thousand years ago.
And with this invention,
we rearranged the
very organization of our
brain, which in turn
expanded the ways we
are able to think, which
altered the intellectual
evolution of our species.”
Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain
English Language Learners
Literacy is a right, not a privilege.
Common Core State Standards
A way of quantifying text difficulty…
Most people stay away from snakes. But not Jesus Rivas. He likes to follow them. He follows a snake called the anaconda. It is one of the biggest snakes in the world. Rivas takes the anaconda from the water. He studies it. Then Rivas puts the snake back. His job makes him a snake stalker. (280L)
Everyone should stay focused at work, but if Jesus Rivas gets distracted for even a moment, he could be strangled by a 500-pount snake. Rivas, a biologist, is leading the first-ever study of anacondas in the wild. (1120L)
At the lowest grade in each band, (for example, 4th grade), students focus on reading texts within the current Lexile band. At the next grade within the band (for example, 5th grade), students must “stretch” to read some texts from the next band.
Building + Challenging
Students need opportunities to likes to follow them. He follows a snake called the anaconda. It is one of the biggest snakes in the world. Rivas takes the anaconda from the water. He studies it. Then Rivas puts the snake back. His job makes him a snake stalker. (280L)stretch their reading abilities but also to experience the satisfaction and pleasure of easy, fluent reading…, both of which the Standards allow for. As noted above, such factors as students’ motivation, knowledge, and experiences must also come into play in text selection.
Common Core State Standards
Sherri Merritt, Ph.D.
Director of K-12 Literacy
Wake County Public School System