April 21, 2014

Text Complexity (Blog Digest)

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It’s Monday and this week we are continuing to create digests of our posts.  Today, we compile all of our posts dealing with complexity. Complexity is an important theme in the thinking around the Common Core and as you read through these posts we remind you again and again that if complexity had a synonym it would not be “hard”, it would be “thought-provoking.”
Text Complexity 101
In this post, we work to define text complexity in lay terms to make its meaning accessible to the masses.

Four Types of Text Complexity
In this post we break complexity into four categories: structure, ideas, knowledge, and craft and offer contemporary and classic examples of text that fits into each category.

Critical Sense and Sensibility
In this post, we revisit both classic and contemporary literature and make suggestions for selecting texts from these categories.

CCSS & Frustration vs. Instructional Level Texts: Comparing Apples and Oranges
The Common Core discussion about text complexity has raised questions about guided reading and in this post, we take on the Common Core assertion that students learn better using hard (as opposed to instructional level) texts.

Lost in Translation
In this post, we make the case why lexile alone is not enough to gauge text complexity.

Braving the Complexity Beast
In this post we look at the range of lexile levels recommended by the new appendage to Appendix A which provides supplemental research about text complexity.

Taming the Complexity Beast
In this post, we look at the implications of the newest recommendations that teachers use two quantitative measures to select text as well as continue to employ qualitative measures when assessing text complexity.

Measuring the Text Complexity of Poems
Poetry presents unique challenges to educators trying to measure text complexity.  In this post, we look at this unique situation and discuss the best way to measure the complexity of poems.

Climbing the Staircase of Complexity: The Research and the Reality (Part 1)
In this post, we dig into the research that forms the foundation of the staircase of complexity paradigm. We offer quotes from the article with our commentary after each quote, and end the post with some concluding thoughts about the articles utility.

Climbing the Staircase of Complexity: The Research and the Reality (Part 2)
This is the second of a two-part series that explores the “staircase of complexity” presented in the Common Core State Standards. In this post, we suggest that student growth is generally not as sequential as that suggested by the staircase.

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