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Stephanie Hedlund - notes by Wendy Lanier

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  • millie martin
    *For those of you interested in submissions to ABDO, Wendy Lanier sent these notes. * *Thanks, Wendy for the notes and for sharing the information at the May
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      For those of you interested in submissions to ABDO, Wendy Lanier sent these notes.
      Thanks, Wendy for the notes and for sharing the information at the May meeting.
      Stephanie Hedlund notes/April 2013

      ·         Writing to age and grade range will help focus the writing to “tone down” more difficult material or limit information in a larger subject.

      ·         Low readability/high interest books are in demand.

      ·         Curriculum based books are also in demand. See:

      corestandards.org/the-standards

      e-skolar.com/docs/state-education-department.html

      Nonfiction:

      ·         Vocabulary should fit the reader.

      ·         Sentence length and punctuation should be appropriate.

      Vocabulary Tiers:

      ·         One – everyday speech

      ·         Two – written text

      ·         Three – specific to a field of study

      Sentence Complexity (as it applies to adults):

      ·         8 words or less per sentence = very easy

      ·         11 words per sentence = easy

      ·         14 words per sentence = fairly easy

      ·         17 words per sentence = standard

      ·         21 words per sentence = fairly difficult

      ·         25 words per sentence = difficult

      ·         29 or more words per sentence = very difficult

      Manuscript Lengths:

      ·         Pre-K – 2nd  is 500 to 700 words

      ·         3rd – 5th is 1,500 to 2,000 words

      ·         6th – 12th is 5,000 plus

      ·         Sidebars are 1 to 2 sentences or 3 -4 for upper grades.

      ·         Sentences in captions should average 10 to 12 words or just 2 to 3 words.

       

       

      Readability Metrics:

      ·         ATOS

      ·         Degrees of Reading Power, Questar

      ·         Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level Reading Formula

      ·         Lexile Metametrics – https://www.lexile.com/analyzer/results/1678136/

      ·         Source Rater Educational Testing Service

      ·         Pearson Reading Maturity Metric, Pearson Education

       

      When writing to a grade level, you want to target specific core bands. When you do, you’ll want your ATOS or Lexile scores to fall within the following groups:

      Core Bands

      ATOS

      Lexile

      2nd – 3rd

      2.75 – 5.14

      420 - 820

      4th – 5th

      4.97 – 7.03

      740 -1010

      6th – 8th

      7.00 – 9.98

      925 - 1185

      9th – 10th

      9.67 – 12.01

      1050 - 1335

      11th - CCR

      11.2 – 14.10

      1185 - 1385

       

       



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