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Text Complexity


Being able to read increasingly more complex texts has always been a driving goal of reading instruction. Often this goal has not been directly addressed in state standards and assessments. Things are different with the Common Core State Standards. The Common Core has paid increased attention to this feature of reading instruction by devoting an entire standard to text complexity— Standard 10.

As the name TextProject indicates, appropriate texts for reading instruction are at the center of our efforts. We have been studying texts and their effects on students’ reading achievement and engagement long before the recommendations of the Common Core. There are numerous resources related to text complexity available for educators and we will continue to provide the most current answers to questions about text complexity.

Visit our Pinterest board on Text Complexity for an overview of our resources.

Text Complexity: Definitions & Distinctions
Text Complexity & Instruction
Text Complexity & Vocabulary
Text Complexity & its Measurement
Exemplar Texts
Instruction with Complex Texts

77sec on Text Complexity: What Makes a Text Complex?


77sec on Text Complexity: What's the Difference Between Accessible and Dumbed-down Texts