Our leveled books follow the guidelines for determining text complexity as outlined in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The Standards call for an evaluation of student reading materials in three areas of text complexity: Qualitative measures, Quantitative measures, and Consideration of the reader and the reading task.
As outlined in the CCSS, each reader brings different skills, experiences, knowledge, and motivation to the act of reading. For example, a student who is interested in the topic of wild animals is likely to bring more background knowledge to the reading task and to be motivated to learn more about that subject. That's why no leveling system but teachers can encompass these considerations of the reader and reading task.
The level system in Monkey Stories tries to evaluate the qualitative and quantitative criteria accurately and reliably, so teachers and parents can keep their focus where it is most needed - on the little readers and the task considerations that affect them as individuals.
- Predictability of text
- Text structure and organization
- Illustration support
- Knowledge demands
- Total word count
- Number of different words
- Ratio of different words to total words
- Number of high-frequency words
- Ratio of high-frequency words to total words
- Sentence length
- Sentence complexity
- Lexile text measure
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