The University of Iowa

Informational: Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

Reading Relevance Log

Teachers can use this log to gain insight on whether or not a particular text was culturally relevant to their students. It includes yes-or-no questions and can be filled out each time students read a new text. Teachers can then use the insights gained to make decisions on whether or not to select other similar texts.

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Reading Interests Survey

Gain insight about your students and their reading interests by having them fill out this survey. Use the information gathered to select culturally relevant texts that students will find interesting and important.

PDF iconReading Interest Survey

An Examination of Text Complexity as Characterized by Readability and Cohesion

Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D.

To better understand dimensions of text complexity and their impact on the comprehension of adolescents, 103 high school seniors were randomly assigned to four groups. Each group read versions of the same two informational passages and answered comprehension test items targeting factual recall and inferences of causal content.

Reading Goes Beyond Books

Tracy Donohue

Posted on: April 14, 2016
In addition to reading books, children can benefit from reading texts such as letters, magazines, recipes, and even cereal boxes.