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In addition to a reader, any act of reading or of reading instruction, by definition, involves a text. The texts offered to support students in reading instruction and deliberate practice are many. Lexiles and Guided Reading Levels are used to sort texts in complexity but neither system gives educators information about the level of vocabulary challenge or the specific words in a text that might be difficult for students. A tool developed at TextProject called the Word Zone Profiler gives detailed information on the features and distributions of the vocabulary in texts.
In TextProject's latest resource, Text Findings, educators can get insight into the features of the vocabulary in texts. Each Text Findings summarizes a project in which the Word Zone Profiler was used to establish the vocabulary demands of a specific type, program, or level of text. Text Findings are the only resource now available where educators can get information on the vocabulary demands of different types of texts.
Our book collection at TextProject includes ebooks that are being published for the first time and also reissued classics.
TextProject president and CEO Elfrieda H. (Freddy) Hiebert blogs about important issues in reading research and practice.
Frankly Freddy entries (published from 2005 to 2014) have been sorted into five topics of literacy learning and instruction. Click here to download the ebook!
<<UPDATE>> We have moved Frankly Freddy to Medium.com/@wordfindings.
TextProject is committed to supporting "the teacher of teachers" (e.g. literacy coaches, teacher educators, workshop providers) with materials that aid in their coaching and supporting of teachers to provide the best possible texts and reading experiences to students. At present, TextProject has three guides aimed specifically for professional development.
Research Articles provide recent reports on critical topics surrounding text. In addition, numerous articles (especially those published prior to 2010) by TextProject’s founder & president, Elfrieda H. Hiebert, can be found at: https://independent.academia.edu/ElfriedaHiebert.
Text Matters provides educators with a series of accessible articles on hot topics in reading instruction, such as the emphasis on text complexity in the Common Core State Standards. Backed by the latest reaseach, Text Matters articles highlight important background knowledge along with practical ideas for improving reading instruction.
TextProject has a YouTube site that currently has five playlists on critical aspects of text complexity and vocabulary. We also share slideshows from presentations on five critical topics. Some of the topics of the playlists and slideshows are shared but each site also has some unique topics.