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Text Complexity

Stretching Readers With Texts and Tasks
Second Edition
By: Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, Diane Lapp

A Joint Publication of Corwin and the International Literacy Association

No matter what discipline you teach, learn how to use complexity as a dynamic, powerful tool for using the right text at just the right time.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506339443
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Literacy
  • Year: 2016
  • Page Count: 216
  • Publication date: February 16, 2016

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“There is a big difference between assigning complex texts and teaching complex texts…”
---Doug, Fisher, Nancy Frey, and Diane Lapp

….And that’s the crux, isn’t it? That’s why in this brand new edition of the bestselling Text Complexity, the renowned author team provide four new chapters that lay open the instructional routines that take students to new places as readers.

No matter what discipline you teach, you will learn how to craft purposeful instruction pitched to your readers’ comprehension capacities, your curriculum’s themes, and your own assessments on what students need next.

Doug, Nancy, and Diane provide:

  • How-to’s for measuring word and sentence length and other countable features of any written work while giving ample consideration to the readers in your room, and how their background knowledge, experiences, and motivations come into play
  • A rubric for analyzing literary texts for plot structure, point of view, imagery, clarity, and more—and a complexity scale for analyzing informational texts that describe, inform, and explain
  • Classroom scenarios of teachers and students engaging with fiction and nonfiction texts that provide enough of a stretch, so you’ll know the difference between a healthy struggle and frustration
  • The authors’ latest thinking on routines that invite students to interact with complex texts and with one another, including teacher modeling, close reading, scaffolded small group reading, and independent reading

It’s time to see text complexity as a dynamic, powerful tool for sliding the right text in front of our students’ at just the right time. Think of this second edition as Text Complexity-2-Go, because it’s all about the movement of minds at work, going deeper than anyone ever thought possible.

Author(s)

Author(s)

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Douglas Fisher

Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is professor and chair of educational leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. Previously, Doug was an early intervention teacher and elementary school educator. He is the recipient of an International Reading Association William S. Grey citation of merit and an Exemplary Leader award from the Conference on English Leadership of NCTE. He has published numerous articles on teaching and learning as well as books such as The Teacher Clarity Playbook, PLC+, Visible Learning for Literacy, Comprehension: The Skill, Will, and Thrill of Reading, How Tutoring Works, and How Learning Works. Doug loves being an educator and hopes to share that passion with others.

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Nancy Frey

Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is a Professor in Educational Leadership at San Diego State and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. She is a member of the International Literacy Association’s Literacy Research Panel. Her published titles include Visible Learning in Literacy, This Is Balanced Literacy, Removing Labels, and Rebound. Nancy is a credentialed special educator, reading specialist, and administrator in California and learns from teachers and students every day.
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Diane Lapp

Diane Lapp, EdD, is a distinguished professor of education at San Diego State University where her work continues to be applied to schools. She is also an instructional coach and teacher at Health Sciences High & Middle College. Throughout her career, Diane has taught in elementary, middle, and high schools. Her major areas of research and instruction regard issues related to the planning and assessment of very intentional literacy instruction and learning. A member of both the California and the International Reading Halls of Fame, Diane has authored, coauthored, and edited numerous articles, columns, texts, handbooks and children’s materials on instruction, assessment, and literacy related issues. Diane is the recipient of the ILA 2023 William S. Gray Citation of Merit, a prestigious award reserved for those who have made outstanding contributions to multiple facets of literacy development. Diane can be reached at lapp@sdsu.edu. Follow her on twitter @lappsdsu
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Text Complexity in a New Light

Chapter 2. Quantitative Measures of Text Complexity

Chapter 3. Qualitative Values of Literary Texts

Chapter 4. Qualitative Aspects of Informational Texts

Chapter 5. Exploring Teacher-Led Tasks: Modeling Expert Thinking

Chapter 6. Exploring Teacher-Led Tasks: Closely Reading Complex Texts

Chapter 7. Exploring Teacher-Led Tasks: Scaffolded Reading Instruction of Complex Texts

Chapter 8. Exploring Peer-Led Tasks: Collaborative Conversations and Peer-Mediated Learning

Chapter 9. Exploring Individual Tasks

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