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Frankly Freddy Blog

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!

A New Kind of Leveled Text: Meeting the Needs of Challenged Readers

Posted by Elfrieda H. Hiebert on 24 July 2018

Short sentences and less text don’t add up to proficient reading. But that’s exactly what the current wave of leveled texts offers.

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The Stories of Words: TextProject’s Newest Texts and Vocabulary Product

Posted by Elfrieda H.Hiebert on 9 January 2017

The texts in the Stories of Words series provide a great opportunity for students to expand their vocabularies, increase their background knowledge, and develop facility with the core vocabulary of written English.

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Interpreting Intervention Outcomes: Lexile-Based Assessments and Norm-Referenced Assessments

Posted by Elfrieda H. Hiebert on 8 April 2016

Are the results from Lexile-based assessments and Group Reading Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation (GRADE) comparable? For educators, how do the results from Lexile-based and norm-referenced assessments relate to the results of summative, end-of-the-year, state-mandated assessments?


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Multi-Level Text Sets: Leveling the Playing Field or Sidelining Struggling Readers?

Posted by on 18 February 2016

It’s a compelling idea—a set of texts on the same topic but with different text complexity levels. With a range of texts on the same topic all students should be able to engage in the same follow-up discussion after reading. And, if the texts are provided on the computer—even better! It’s a teacher’s dream come true! Right?

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Join the “Read-an-Article-a-Day” Initiative

Posted by Elfrieda H. Hiebert on 21 January 2016

What is the “Read-an-Article-a-Day” Initiative and why is it important?

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The Reach of Literacy Research

Posted by Freddy Hiebert on 5 November 2015

The age old debate: Quality versus quantity in the field of reading research

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Summary of Kenji Hakuta on English Language Learners and the Common Core State Standards

Posted by Elfrieda H. Hiebert on 31 October 2013

Highlights of Hakuta's presentation in Virtual Institute on Assessment and the CCSS on TextProject's YouTube channel.

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