Text Complexity: Best Practices for Matching Students and Texts

Presented by: Nancy Frey, Ph.D., Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University
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For decades, educators have known that quality instruction requires a careful matching of materials and students. However, selecting appropriate reading material for students can be difficult. What makes a text “hard?” What’s the best way to measure students’ reading abilities? How do we ensure our students are gaining the skills needed to read increasingly complex texts?

The ability to read complex texts is an essential element of college and career readiness. Matching students and texts, and then scaffolding students towards more complex texts, can help build the skills needed for success after graduation. In this research-driven webinar, Dr. Nancy Frey focused on the quantitative and qualitative factors of text complexity as well as the ways in which readers can be matched with texts and tasks. Dr. Frey examined how close reading of complex texts can build students’ reading comprehension strategies and allow them to develop the skills necessary to read like a detective.

Learn how to:

  • Become familiar with quantitative and qualitative tools for analyzing texts
  • Consider reader and task demands and how they influence teaching
  • Utilize these qualitative measures to plan instruction
  • Explore close-reading strategies that can help students read more complex texts