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Being able to read increasingly complex texts has always been a driving goal of reading instruction. Under the CCSS, Standard 10 is dedicated to text complexity with the goal of preparing students for the texts they will encounter throughout their career and college experiences. Take a look at TextProject's resources on the topic.
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Knowing What’s Complex and What’s Not: Guidelines for Teachers in Establishing Text Complexity is a TextProject article that explores text complexity and expands on the 7 actions teachers can take relating to text complexity.

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Text Matters: The Text Complexity Multi-Index outlines a multidimensional process for matching texts with students.

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Take a look at Freddy's webinar and slides on 7 Actions Teachers Can Take Right Now: Text Complexity.

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Text Matters: Readability and the Common Core’s Staircase of Text Complexity Text explores the role of readability formulas in relation to establishing text complexity in classrooms.

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It’s a compelling idea—a set of texts on the same topic but with different text complexity levels. With a range of texts on the same topic—easy, moderate, and hard—all students should be able to engage in the same follow-up discussion after reading.

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77sec on Accessible vs. Dumbed-down texts is a short video that will help you identifying appropriately complex texts, that are not dumbed-down, for your students.

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Essential Insights into Text Complexity and the New Assessments: Three Articles from Reading Today is a collection of Freddy's published articles in Reading Today on text complexity and the upcoming assessments.

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Do you have questions about how your students’ motivation may play a role in how they engage with complex texts? Are you worried about the potential challenges that may arise under the new CCSS standards? Take a look at this TextProject Answers on the topic of text complexity.

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Stretching Elementary Students in Complex Text: Why? How? When? What does it mean to stretch a reader to complex text and what does it have to do with the CCSS? Dr. Mesmer describes what constitutes stretch text and how the introduction of the stretch notion at the elementary school level will influence reader-text matching paradigms.

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