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Measuring Text Complexity
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Rather than focusing exclusively on literacy skills, the Common Core State Standards ...

Rather than focusing exclusively on literacy skills, the Common Core State Standards set expectations for the complexity of texts students need to be able to read to be ready for college and careers.

This resource outlines three steps that will help teachers choose texts that are on grade level for the CCSS.

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Arts and Humanities
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
OER Commons
Student Achievement Partners
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Common Core Reference Collection
What Does Text Complexity Mean for English Learners and Language Minority Students?
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This paper addresses the implications, for ELLs, of the new standard's requirement ...

This paper addresses the implications, for ELLs, of the new standard's requirement that students be able to read and understand complex, informationally dense texts. The authors discuss the types of supports that learners need in order to work with complex texts. They also provide a sample of what academic discourse involves, using an excerpt from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail. They demonstrate how English learners can be provided with strategies for accessing complex texts, such as closely examining one sentence at a time. The authors argue that instruction must go beyond vocabulary and should begin with an examination of our beliefs about language, literacy and learning.

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Arts and Humanities
Language Education (ESL)
Reading Informational Text
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Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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Stanford University School of Education
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Understanding Language
Author:
Charles j. Fillmore
Lily Wong Fillmore
Got Text Complexity?  Selected Literature for Common Core Standards in English Language Arts
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This bibliography was developed to highlight some of the outstanding trade books ...

This bibliography was developed to highlight some of the outstanding trade books published for older children and teens that can be used for the text complexity component of the CCS in grades 6-12.* All of the books have been selected based on their literary quality and other components of qualitative evaluation. Many of the books offer sophisticated narrative structures and other characteristics factored into quantitative evaluation. And the list as a whole offers a wide variety of books reflecting diversity of subject matter and style, allowing for a range of choices in matching reader to text and task.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
OER Commons
University of Wisconsin
Provider Set:
Common Core Reference Collection
Author:
Megan Schliesman and Merri V. Lindgren
Accessing Complex Text Through Structured Conversations
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In this lesson students use a structured format (an adaptation of Think-Pair-Share) ...

In this lesson students use a structured format (an adaptation of Think-Pair-Share) to discuss and deconstruct complex text. The new core standards emphasize the importance of developing students' speaking and listening skills as well as helping them access complex text through reading, re-reading, re-thinking, and re-examining.The purpose of this lesson is to get the students to focus and stay on topic while they talk. As a result, students are required to think more extensively about a topic by repeatedly reading and discussing with others.

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Arts and Humanities
Speaking and Listening
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Lesson Plan
Provider:
Utah Education Network
ASCD Transitioning to the Common Core State Standards: Making Your Efforts Effective Through a Focus on Text Complexity Demands
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How do the Common Core English language arts standards differ from their ...

How do the Common Core English language arts standards differ from their predecessors? What do they emphasize? What are logical focus points for early implementation? The English and language arts standards depart radically from their predecessors with their insistence on text complexity and close reading skills.

This session, presented by David Liben from Student Achievement Partners, offered a look at various aspects of text complexity: how it is defined by the standards, as well as a range of measurement tools—including some newly developed and tested by the Race to the Text project—and how to use the tools for professional development. The focus on text complexity, close reading, and informational text has clear education implications as well. The presenter will examine some strategic focus areas for literacy instruction and explore ideas for bringing all constituencies to a fuller understanding of the Common Core standards and the features that make text complex.

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Education
English Language Arts
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Lecture
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
ASCD
OER Commons
Provider Set:
Common Core Reference Collection
Author:
Meredith and David Liben
The Common Core State Standards: Supporting Districts and Teachers with Text Complexity
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Resources on this site are from a Council of Chief State School ...

Resources on this site are from a Council of Chief State School Officers webinar in which tools and resources to support teachers and districts on text complexity were shared. Resources on the site include: Informational Text Qualitative Rubric; Literary Text Qualitative Rubric; Reader and Task Considerations; Text Complexity - Text Title Chart; Measures of Text Complexity.

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Arts and Humanities
Reading Informational Text
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Assessment
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Council of Chief State School Officers
OER Commons
Provider Set:
Common Core Reference Collection
Strategies For Reading and Comprehending Complex Scientific and Technology Text
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This lesson is designed for learners in adult basic education (low and ...

This lesson is designed for learners in adult basic education (low and high level adult secondary education). The purpose of this lesson is to teach a step-wise method that involves increased complexity reading material that assists learners with building a staircase type strategy for reading scientific and technology text proficiently. The lesson topic will include guiding students in how to ask themselves questions before during and after a passage. The questions will be used to build a staircase of information that can be compared to what they already know and personal experiences. This strategy will not only assist with appropriately answer reading passage questions but can be applied to reading and understanding complex texts for higher education and documents in the workplace.

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Applied Science
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
OER Commons
Provider Set:
Open Author Resources
Author:
Artralia Powell
Measures of Text Difficulty: Testing their Predictive Value for Grade Levels  and Student Performance
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The Common Core State Standards draw attention to the need for students ...

The Common Core State Standards draw attention to the need for students to engage with texts of appropriate complexity throughout schooling. This goal requires valid and reliable measures of text complexity that can guide curriculum decisions, assist assessment development, and support the efforts of educational publishers to meet complexity guidelines. This report addresses the extent to which current measures of text complexity meet this requirement.

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Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Council of Chief State School Officers
OER Commons
Provider Set:
Common Core Reference Collection
CCSS Text Selection Toolkit
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Preparing students for lifelong literacy requires their interaction with texts of appropriate ...

Preparing students for lifelong literacy requires their interaction with texts of appropriate type and complexity. This text selection toolkit includes: 1) a Text Selection Guideline that offers educators guidance on selecting appropriate texts for teaching and assessing specific ELA Reading standards and bundles of standards for Grades 3-12; and 2) CCSS Text Suitability Review Form that helps educators analyze specific texts according to the principles in the Guidelines. The review form guides educators through CCSS analysis to determine what instructional purposes texts will support. It also captures analysis, codings, and recommendations in a standardized format to facilitate collaboration across networks of educators.

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Arts and Humanities
Reading Informational Text
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
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Odell Education
OER Commons
Provider Set:
Common Core Reference Collection
Strategy Guide: Using Partner Talk to Strengthen Student Collaboration and Understanding
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In this strategy guide, you’ll learn about Partner Talk—a way to provide ...

In this strategy guide, you’ll learn about Partner Talk—a way to provide students with another learning opportunity to make learning their own through collaboration and discussion. Partner Talk can be used for assessing classwork, making connections to prior knowledge, discussing vocabulary, or simplifying concepts.

One of the main goals of the English Language Arts Common Core Standards is to build natural collaboration and discussion strategies within students, helping to prepare them for higher levels of education and collaboration in the workforce. In today’s classrooms, students are using complex texts and are being asked to use a variety of strategies and provide evidence-based responses. Partner Talk is a best practice that gives students an active role in their learning and scaffold the experience for students.

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Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Persuasion Across Time and Space
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This unit shows instructional approaches that are likely to help ELLs meet ...

This unit shows instructional approaches that are likely to help ELLs meet new standards in English Language Arts. Built around a set of famous persuasive speeches, the unit supports students in reading a range of complex texts. It invites them to write and speak in a variety of ways and for different audiences and purposes. Students engage in close reading of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s I Have a Dream speech, Aristotleí˘ä‰ĺ䋢s Three Appeals, Robert Kennedyí˘ä‰ĺ䋢s On the Assassination of Martin Luther King, and George Wallaceí˘ä‰ĺ䋢s The Civil Rights Movement: Fraud, Sham, and Hoax, Barbara Jordaní˘ä‰ĺ䋢s All Together Now. The five lesson culminate with student's constructing their own persuasive texts.

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Arts and Humanities
Language Education (ESL)
Reading Informational Text
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Unit of Study
Provider:
Stanford University School of Education
Provider Set:
Understanding Language
Close Reading Exemplar: Living Like Weasels (Grades 11-12)
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By reading and rereading the passage closely and focusing their reading through ...

By reading and rereading the passage closely and focusing their reading through a series of questions and discussion about the text, students will be equipped to unpack Dillard's essay. When combined with writing about the passage, students will learn to appreciate how Dillard's writing contains a deeper message and derive satisfaction from the struggle to master complex text. This close reading exemplar is intended to model how teachers can support their students as they undergo the kind of careful reading the Common Core State Standards require. Teachers are encouraged to take these exemplars and modify them to suit the needs of their students. Additional teacher background material: http://teachers.sduhsd.k12.ca.us/lcaston/documents/WeaselsEssayAnal.pdf

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English Language Arts
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
New York State Education Department
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EngageNY
Selecting Texts for Teaching and Assessing
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This document offers guidelines for selecting texts regarding these three considerations. These ...

This document offers guidelines for selecting texts regarding these three considerations. These guidelines should inform the training of passage finders in order to ensure a pool of acceptable texts that can support instruction and assessment of all the CCSS Reading Standards. They should also inform curriculum and assessment developers as they construct yearlong instruction and assessment plans to cover the complete range of skills.

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Arts and Humanities
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Odell Education
Close Reading Exemplar: Words We Live By (Grade 8)
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By reading and re-reading the Constitutional passages closely combined with classroom discussion ...

By reading and re-reading the Constitutional passages closely combined with classroom discussion about it, students will explore the questions Monk raises and perhaps even pursue additional avenues of inquiry. When combined with writing about the passage and teacher feedback, students will form a deeper appreciation not only of MonkŐs argument and the value of struggling with complex text, but of the Preamble of the Constitution itself. This close reading exemplar is intended to model how teachers can support their students as they undergo the kind of careful reading the Common Core State Standards require. Teachers are encouraged to take these exemplars and modify them to suit the needs of their students.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
U.S. History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
New York State Education Department
Provider Set:
EngageNY
Close Reading Exemplar: Words We Live By (Grade 8)
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By reading and re-reading the Constitutional passages closely combined with classroom discussion ...

By reading and re-reading the Constitutional passages closely combined with classroom discussion about it, students will explore the questions Monk raises and perhaps even pursue additional avenues of inquiry. When combined with writing about the passage and teacher feedback, students will form a deeper appreciation not only of MonkŐs argument and the value of struggling with complex text, but of the Preamble of the Constitution itself. This close reading exemplar is intended to model how teachers can support their students as they undergo the kind of careful reading the Common Core State Standards require. Teachers are encouraged to take these exemplars and modify them to suit the needs of their students.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
U.S. History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
New York State Education Department
Provider Set:
EngageNY
Primary Source Instructional Design Toolkit
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This toolkit was developed as part of the Primary Source Project. In ...

This toolkit was developed as part of the Primary Source Project. In creating the toolkit, ISKME collaborated with 12 educators from 8 different states, who possessed varied subject area expertise. The toolkit is a sequenced pathway for selecting informational and non-fiction literary texts, and creating integrated wraparound lessons that meet the Common Core State Standards, as well as the C3 Social Studies Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.

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Arts and Humanities
Mathematics
Social Science
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
OER Commons
Provider Set:
Open Author Resources
Author:
Megan Simmons
Cynthia Jimes
Michelle Brennan
CC Tasks:  TCRWP Nonfiction Reading & Ar
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This packet contains two units designed to support students towards proficiency in ...

This packet contains two units designed to support students towards proficiency in reading, analyzing nonfiction texts and analyzing information across multiple texts. Students write argument essays on the topic of high school sports programming, basing their arguments on research.

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Arts and Humanities
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
New York City Department of Education
Quiz RI.8: Changing Our Minds
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A short quiz on CCSS.ELA-Literacy.9-10.RI.8. The text is from Eliezer Yudkowsky's blog ...

A short quiz on CCSS.ELA-Literacy.9-10.RI.8. The text is from Eliezer Yudkowsky's blog post, "How to Actually Change Your Mind". The Dale-Chall text complexity level is 7-8, and the Flesch-Kincaid is 8.6.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Assessment
Provider:
OER Commons
Provider Set:
Open Author Resources
Author:
Terrence Reilly Jr.