A “Knotty” Problem


Ever have a problem like this?  Yes, where to begin.  I was talking with another teacher the other day about books for the upcoming year and it got me thinking.  I remembered that another teacher had used Alice in Wonderland last year.  I also remembered that it was one of the exemplar texts in Appendix B of the CCSS.  So, I started there.  Not so easy, there are very few exemplar texts, one reason I came upon was that it would have been prohibitively costly for the writers of the CCSS to gain the necessary permissions for a large body of texts.  As I dug deeper, or in this case dove further into the untangling,  I discovered that the choosing of text fell under the heading of “Text Complexity”; complexity an appropriate word.  What you have here are the fruits of those labors thus far.  I do hope you find these resources helpful.  If you should happen to run across any other helpful resources, please share and I will post them here.

Simplifying Text Complexity


Think Aloud’s; Unpacking Standards


Tech Tools to Aid in Measuring Text Complexity


Text Matters—7 Actions That Teachers Can Take Right Now: Text Complexity
 New Research on Multiple Measures of Text Complexity (has a nice chart)
“Districts and states can develop their own complex text playlists of evaluated texts that exemplify the process of assessing text complexity using all three measures.” (Is this being done?)
PowerPoint on Text Complexity - above quote came from this PowerPoint; question is mine
Actually here is an example of some text “playlists” out of Wisconsin ==>  Common Core Bibliography
Intro. to Text Complexity  (Video from the NYC Common Core Library)
 Literary Text Qualitative Rubric
 Informational Text Qualitative Rubric
Informational Lesson PowerPoint
 ELA Organizational Chart


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