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TextProject's innovative model of text complexity, called Text Elements by Task (abbreviated as TExT), considers the various tasks involved in reading to determine the complexity or difficulty of specific texts. In addition to rating existing texts, the TExT model is used to create texts designed to help beginning and struggling readers master the tasks necessary for reading success.

TExT: Text Elements by Task

TExT Model

Learn more about the Text Elements by Task (TExT) model of text complexity and how it was used to design the texts in the popular QuickReads program.



Students who don’t read much over the summer show a decline in reading performance from the end of one grade to the start of the next. Research done at Harvard University by James Kim shows that even reading 4 or 5 books over the summer helps to prevent the summer slump.

Having books at home explains how much students read over the summer. Unfortunately, the very students who are most at-risk are the ones who often don’t have enough books. SummerReads changes this situation by providing accessible, engaging texts for at-risk readers… for FREE! And it provides enough text for an entire summer of reading.

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TextProject's new BeginningReads program supports teachers, parents, and tutors in bringing children into reading. Before children learn about written language, they have developed a substantial oral language word bank. The goal of BeginningReads is to connect student’s oral language knowledge with written language. All ten levels (of 12 books each) are available now.

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Talking Points For Kids

Talking Points For Kids is a prototype program that aims to increase discussion amongst students on topics that relate to them. To read about the importance of talking about ideas that matter, take a look at the Frankly Freddy entry: High-Leverage Action #1.


FYI for Kids

A collection of engaging and high-quality magazine articles designed to enhance the Common Core classroom’s reading repertoire.

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The TExT model of reading has also been used to write texts in supplemental curriculum. Freddy has worked with major publishing companies, such as Pearson and Scholastic, to create appropriate texts for beginning and struggling readers. Click on a title below to find more information about these reading programs.