1. Enter the title at Scholastic Book Wizard. Be sure to go by “Guided Reading Level.”
2. If the book isn’t there, enter a 100 word sample into this site. Your best bet is to go by the Flesch-Kincaid grade level.
3. If you are trying to get the readability of a website, entire the url here.
4. Use this Lexile.com site to get lexile levels. Simply enter the name of the text in the Quick Book Search in the top left corner. Vocabulary words to teach are provided in many cases. Read What Lexile Measures Mean. The following chart came from the Lexile.com website:
Typical Reader Measures, by Grade
|Grade||Reader Measures, Mid-Year
25th percentile to 75th percentile (IQR)
|1||Up to 280L|
|2||230L to 580L|
|3||360L to 720L|
|4||480L to 830L|
|5||620L to 950L|
|6||690L to 1020L|
|7||780L to 1090L|
|8||820L to 1140L|
|9||880L to 1170L|
|10||920L to 1200L|
|11||940L to 1210L|
|12||950L to 1220L|
Teachers should be sure to teach using complex texts. Texts are complex based on quantitative measures (lexile level), qualitative measures:
- MEANING ~ layers of meaning, theme, purpose
- STRUCTURE ~ text features, genre organization
- LANGUAGE ~ vocabulary, sentence length and style, figurative language, dialects
- KNOWLEDGE ~ content and disciplinary knowledge, prior knowledge
and reader and task ~ what does the teacher need to do to help students to access it?
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