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REPORTS Taking Lexiles to the Next Level Phil Collins
2 A Lexile is… A unit for measuring text difficulty that is linked to the RIT score, Northwest Evaluation Association’s unit for measuring reading comprehension. These links allow teachers to use the student’s RIT score to find books, periodicals, and other reading materials that will be appropriately challenging for each student.
3 What Lexile measures… Semantic Difficulty As measured by the frequency with which each word in a measured text appears in Lexile’s database of 200 million words Syntactic Complexity As measured by sentence length
4 The Lexile doesn’t evaluate… Genre Students moving to a new genre may need more teacher support to read effectively. Theme A low Lexile score doesn’t mean the book’s theme is appropriate for the reader. Content Students encountering new content or topics may need to have new vocabulary and concepts pre- taught. Interest Students will tend to be more motivated when they can self-select reading material or it is a topic that interests them.
5 A number (Lexile) can’t be the only guiding factor for helping students select books; other factors include: Age-appropriateness of content Background of experience Familiarity/knowledge of subject Vocabulary Developmental level Purpose and motivation
6 …the level of text that a student can read with 75% comprehension. For a student with a RIT of 205, books with a 600 Lexile provide an excellent match with the student’s instructional level. The book, After the Rain by Norma Mazer is a 600L text. The Lexile score represents… Lexile NWEA RIT 202-208 500L 650L
7 Look at the Lexile as a range of scores… The teacher might use the lower part of this range as a target for the student’s independent reading The upper part of a 500- 650L range might be used for the student’s group reading program – guided instruction. 500L Lexile NWEA RIT 600L 650L 202-208
10 Examples of Lexile Measures of Some Popular Newspapers and Literature 2401330 Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathon Swift 2331200 USA Today 2431380N.Y.Times 2251080 The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey 216880 Harry Potter Series – Rowling 205680 The Firm – John Grisham Approx. RIT Lexilewww.Lexile.com
11 Lexile Literature 1500 - On Ancient Medicine 1400 - The Scarlet Letter 1300 - Brown vs. Board of Ed. 1200 - War and Peace 1100 - Pride and Prejudice 1000 - Black Beauty 900 - Tom Swift in the Land of Wonders 900 - Tom Swift in the Land of Wonders 800 - The Adventures of Pinocchio 800 - The Adventures of Pinocchio 700 - Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery 700 - Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery 600 - A Baby Sister for Frances 600 - A Baby Sister for Frances 500 - The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth 500 - The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth 400 - Frog and Toad are Friends 400 - Frog and Toad are Friends 300 - Clifford’s Manners 300 - Clifford’s Manners
12 Lexile Texts 1500 - The Making of Memory: From Molecules to Mind; Doubleday 1400 - Philosophical Essays; Hackett Publishing 1300 - Psychology: An Introduction; Prentice Hall 1200 - Business; Prentice Hall 1100 - America: Pathways to Present; Prentice Hall 1000 - Writing and Grammar Gold Level; Prentice Hall 900 - World Cultures: A Global Mosaic; Prentice Hall 900 - World Cultures: A Global Mosaic; Prentice Hall 800 - Word 97; Glencoe/McGraw-Hill 800 - Word 97; Glencoe/McGraw-Hill 700 - World Explorer: The U.S. & Canada; Prentice Hall 700 - World Explorer: The U.S. & Canada; Prentice Hall 600 - Science (Grade 4); Addison-Wesley 600 - Science (Grade 4); Addison-Wesley 500 - People and Places; Silver Burdett Ginn 500 - People and Places; Silver Burdett Ginn 400 - Imagine That!; Scholastic Inc. 400 - Imagine That!; Scholastic Inc. 300 - My World; Harcourt Brace 300 - My World; Harcourt Brace
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18 Author Study Example 4th grade Pick an author Pull the list of novels by that author Using your list of student results, make an instructional reading level match between title and student lexile level
19 Topic Example 6th or 7th grade Pick a topic Pull a list of reading materials on that topic
20 Activity Option 1 Pick an upcoming author, topic or genre you will be studying Review the Lexiles of the students in your class Review the Lexile levels of reading resources available Develop a plan to integrate the reading resources available into your instruction
21 to compensate for disparities between student reading comprehension levels and the readability of assigned texts How can content area teachers use Lexiles?
22 District 34 Textbook Lexiles Science 5th DW-Light & Sound - 980 5th DW-Pop. & Ecosystems - 920 SE - Inside Earth - 1060 SE - Cells & Heredity - 910 SE - From Bacteria to Plants - 1220 SE - Chemical Building Blocks – 950 SE - Electricity & Magnetism - 890
23 District 34 Textbook Lexiles Science SE - Astronomy - 970 SE - Environmental Science - 1050 SE - Weather & Climate - 1100 SE - Motion, Forces & Energy - 990 SE - Chemical Interactions - 1000 SE - Sound & Light - 1010
24 District 34 Textbook Lexiles Social Science 4th Explore Our Land – 670 5th Build Our Nation - 930 6th America Will Be - 1070 7th American Nation - 880 8th World Geography - 1040
25 Activity Option 2 Pick an upcoming unit you will be studying Review the Lexiles of the students in your class Review the Lexile levels of content reading of the upcoming unit Identify the students in your class who are likely to struggle with the content reading based on their Lexiles Develop a plan/strategies to help these students be successful Research the availability of alternative content reading materials at a more appropriate Lexile level
33 Think ahead… How will you use Lexiles to change what you are currently doing with students in your classroom? How can you collaborate with other staff (teachers, librarians, etc.)? What resources can you access in your building and across your district?
38 W = Words, Vocabulary list S = Student word lists, activities, and assessments T = Teacher answer keys
39 Linking Lexiles to Data What’s your situation? In your classroom, what are the lowest and highest Lexile ranges of your students? Lowest range ____________Lowest range ____________ Highest range ____________Highest range ____________
41 Otis Fulton, Vice-President, MetaMetrics The number 1 question parents (and students) ask about the Lexile Framework is “My child scored _____. What does this mean?”
42 Communicating with Parents Don’t get too focused on numbers – ranges are important. Give examples of books and other text materials. Talk about where the student is now, but also where they are going!
43 Communicating with Parents Emphasize that the Lexile Framework doesn’t address: interest age appropriateness text support (pictures) text quality It looks only at text difficulty – books should always be previewed. Is a tool for matching readers with appropriately challenging text, not a reading program