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7 Jul 2014

Core Vocabulary and The Challenge Of Complex Text

Elfrieda H. Hiebert

Book Chapter

Hiebert, E.H. (2013). Core vocabulary and the challenge of complex text. In S. Neuman & L. Gambrell (Eds.), Quality Reading Instruction in the Age of Common Core Standards. Newark, DE: IRA.


Standard 10, devoted to students' proficiency with complex text, is the feature that most distinguishes the Common Core State Standards from previous standards documents. Many educators have questions about how to support this standard. Hiebert provides answers to these questions about text complexity, especially those pertaining to how struggling readers' capacity with complex texts can be increased. These answers are developed through three topics: the distribution of vocabulary in texts, students' performances with core vocabulary, and scaffolding that supports students' reading of texts.