Teaching Tip Tuesday: Determining Reading Levels of a Text


“Missouri School Read-In Day” is next Friday, March 8.  It is recommended to the people of the state that the day be appropriately observed through activities that will bring about an increased awareness of the importance and benefits of reading and encourage greater emphasis on reading, both in the school and in the home. Missouri school read-in day recognizes that reading proficiency is a major factor in determining a child’s success in school.

Before you plan a reading lesson for the day, carefully consider the texts that you will have your students read.  The reading level of a text can make or break your lesson, no matter how many best practices and active engagement strategies you use.  I have a few tricks you can use with Microsoft Word to help you determine if a text is at an appropriate reading level for your students.slide1








Also, don’t forget that Popcorn Reading, Jump-In Reading, or Round Robin reading are not the best ways to read during class.  Want to read about why you should stop doing this? Want to learn about some alternatives to this method of whole-class reading? Read my old blog post https://msbinstructionalcoach.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/round-robin-reading-dont-do-it/.



3 thoughts on “Teaching Tip Tuesday: Determining Reading Levels of a Text

  1. Awesome! I generally stay away from Word in favor of Google Docs, so I did not know you could do reading level in Word! The words per minute data, paired with reading level can be very helpful as I choose texts for math class – we usually feel quite lost in that.

    Did you know that Renaissance Learning has a website set up for reading levels of entire books?

    You can enter pretty much ANY title and it gives back an interest level, reading level, and a rating from students for how much they enjoyed it.

  2. Pingback: Teaching Tip Tuesday: Determining Reading Levels of a Text | evangelizing the [digital] natives

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