Archive | August, 2015

Is this book too hard (or easy) for my child?

19 Aug

If you are having trouble selecting appropriate books for your child, having the ability to measure the text readability  scores of any text might make your life easier. First, visit the Coh-Metrix Text Easability Assessor website at Create a login and password. It is free and easy to sign up. Once you have created an account and signed in, you will be taken to a page with an empty, white text box. Copy and paste the text from any text source into the empty, white text box. Make sure you are only copying and pasting the body of the passage. Do not include the title, date, or any of the resources present in the passage. When you have pasted the passage into the text box, click on the red button beneath the text box that says “Analyze.” There will be a short delay and after a few seconds, you will see a bar graph appear to the right of the screen. The bar graph will give you the percentages for several text characteristics including: narrativity, syntactic simplicity, word concreteness, referential cohesion, and deep cohesion. Below the bar graph, the Flesch Kincaid Grade Level is also included for your benefit. Lastly, a paragraph is provided that explains the meaning of the measurements of the text characteristics for your particular passage. Once you have completed measuring your passage, you can click on the “Clear” button below the text box and measure another passage, if you so wish. I hope this helps you make better book  choices for you child.