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Text Complexity

Text Complexity - Previous Revision

As society and technology change, so does literacy. 

How do we support our students to comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently?

Whether you are a classroom teacher looking for ideas or responsible for leading professional learning, we invite you to learn from and with the thousands of educators that call NCTE home.



Books & Journals

Thumbnail for 360 Degrees of Text: Using Poetry to Teach Close Reading and Powerful Writing360 Degrees of Text: Using Poetry to Teach Close Reading and Powerful Writing

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Voices from the Middle, September 2012

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Online Learning

Investigation: Teaching & Assessing Synthesis of Informational Texts (Grades 3-8)

Text Complexity and Close Reading (On Demand Web Seminar)

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NCTE StatementsNCTE Guidelines for Dealing with Censorship of Nonprint and Multimedia Materials 

Students Right to Read


National Center for Literacy Education

Literacy in Learning ExchangeWorking in Concert to Strengthen Literacy Education Across the NationCollaborative tools, resources, and groups engaged in professional learning around literacy topics such as text complexity.


ReadWriteThink provides instructional practices and digital resources that support effective reading and language arts instruction for all learners.

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Sometimes access to high quality resources isn’t enough.  NCTE offers onsite consulting services on a range of topics associate with decision-making about Common Core Standards and text complexity. 

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