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Assessing Complex Texts

Academic Word Finder

The Academic Word Finder is a text analysis tool that pulls the most useful academic vocabulary words from a given text that is copied and pasted onto the homepage.

It produces a list of words that are not too common (so that most students know them) and not too rare (so that they are not often found in texts).

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TAGS: text complexity, text analysis, reading, teaching resources, CCRS

ATOS Text Analyzer

ATOS for Text is used to calculate the readability level for shorter text passages such as magazine and newspaper articles, test items, and other classroom materials. Results that you will receive from this analysis include: ATOS Level, Word Count, Average Word Length, and Average Sentence Length.

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TAGS: text complexity, text analysis, reading, CCRS

Choosing Complex Text

This video from ReadWriteThink features a first-grade teacher talking through the steps that she uses to select a complex text for her class. The strategies that are described are easily adapted to adult EL classrooms.

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TAGS: text complexity, reading, video, CCRS

What does text complexity mean for English learners and language minority students?

This paper addresses the implications for ELLs, of the new standards’ requirement that students be able to read and understand complex, informationally dense texts. 

The authors demonstrate how English learners can be provided with strategies for accessing complex texts, such as closely examining one sentence at a time, and argue that instruction must go beyond vocabulary and should begin with an examination of our beliefs about language, literacy and learning.

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TAGS: text complexity, text analysis, academic vocabulary, CCRS