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If a book is a part of Amazon.com's Search Inside program, you can see concrete examples of readability measures by clicking on the Text Stats link. You will be able to see how the book is ranked according to these measures:
Users of Microsoft Word will find both the Flesch and the Flesch-Kincaid already on their computers. To access them in Word:
By Marian Wilde , GreatSchools Staff
For parents looking for a simpler way to help their child choose a book, award-winning teacher Jennifer Thompson recommends the "five-finger test." "Have your child open the book to any page," says Thompson, a GreatSchools consultant. "If they find five words that they do not know; the book is too difficult."
"If I'm a school nurse and a student comes in complaining of a headache," says Smith, "I can do a very primitive assessment. I can take the back of my hand and put it on his forehead and see if he feels hotter than I feel and I can infer if he has a fever. If I wanted to be more precise, though, I'd take a thermometer and get his temperature."
Although the Lexile Framework claims to be a precise measure of a reader's ability and a text's readability, it is not a panacea. A child's interest and enthusiasm for a subject must also be taken into account.
Smith concurs: "If a child wants to read about basketball and we give him books about soccer, he's not going to read it even though the text is accessible to him and it's at the right level. So you still have to pay attention to interest level. And you still have to pay attention to developmental appropriateness."
The Lexile Framework is simply one more tool in the parent's toolbox.
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