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Title: Reading Level
Post by: erin-schonauer on July 25, 2022, 03:52 PM
Hello,

I learned that Word has a feature to analyze the reading level of a document. Does anyone know of other resources to help determine grade level reading based on text?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Reading Level
Post by: David Wright on July 25, 2022, 04:39 PM
There are resources online (like https://www.wordcalc.com/readability/ ) but that means posting your text to a site your don't know, and I don't recommend that. Grammarly and ProWritingAid also give reading stats. I assume Scrivener does, but I'm not sure.

What kind of resources are you looking for?
Title: Re: Reading Level
Post by: JodyJS on July 26, 2022, 04:33 AM
I always use Renaissance Learning's ATOS analyzer. It's free and easy. Just paste your text into the box and push submit.

http://www1.renaissance.com/Products/Accelerated-Reader/ATOS/ATOS-Analyzer-for-Text/lang/english

Title: Re: Reading Level
Post by: erin-schonauer on July 26, 2022, 01:00 PM
There are resources online (like https://www.wordcalc.com/readability/ ) but that means posting your text to a site your don't know, and I don't recommend that. Grammarly and ProWritingAid also give reading stats. I assume Scrivener does, but I'm not sure.

What kind of resources are you looking for?


Your recommendations are very helpful. I will look into them. Thanks so much!
Title: Re: Reading Level
Post by: erin-schonauer on July 26, 2022, 01:01 PM
I always use Renaissance Learning's ATOS analyzer. It's free and easy. Just paste your text into the box and push submit.

http://www1.renaissance.com/Products/Accelerated-Reader/ATOS/ATOS-Analyzer-for-Text/lang/english



Great! Thanks so much for this information!
Title: Re: Reading Level
Post by: JodyJS on July 26, 2022, 03:19 PM
Good luck!
Title: Re: Reading Level
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on July 26, 2022, 06:27 PM
I always use Renaissance Learning's ATOS analyzer. It's free and easy. Just paste your text into the box and push submit.

http://www1.renaissance.com/Products/Accelerated-Reader/ATOS/ATOS-Analyzer-for-Text/lang/english



I was looking for this link yesterday. This is what educational publisher clients suggest I use. There is also a version that will do text of a whole book.
Title: Re: Reading Level
Post by: martin-porter on September 10, 2022, 12:28 PM
I have used Hemingwayapp.com
It shows you where you have complex sentences; where you are using adverbs; when the voice is passive rather than active.
It also gives you an overall reading grade level.
I use it on a chapter per chapter basis to make sure that the reading comprehension level is consistent chapter on chapter.
Title: Re: Reading Level
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on September 10, 2022, 06:30 PM
Interesting app. Can you give it the grade level you're shooting for? In works written for older students, sentences are expected to be complex.
Title: Re: Reading Level
Post by: martin-porter on September 12, 2022, 07:11 AM
Hi Debbie
Hemingway doesn't allow you to select the reading grade - it bases it on what you input.
And it merely highlights where their are complex sentences etc. If it says that body of text is 5th grade level then it would highlight if it is complex for that grade level. If your writing was more complex and adult anyhow it would likely not flag it if it felt it was consistent with the overall piece
And it doesn't make any changes for you so it is totally subjective if you like that sentence you can ignore any of the suggestions.
Title: Re: Reading Level
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on September 12, 2022, 08:54 PM
I like that it's looking at things that feel out of place and wouldn't just highlight everything. Thanks for the info.
Title: Re: Reading Level
Post by: Sara on September 14, 2022, 07:37 PM
Erin, perhaps you were asking for site suggestions, but another really useful resource in the CHILDREN'S WRITER'S WORD BOOK. It lists common words and their synonyms by grade level.
Title: Re: Reading Level
Post by: louise-colligan on October 22, 2022, 09:52 AM
I'm a little late to the party, but here goes. Educational publishers used to use Lexile to determine reading level when I edited or wrote  educational books. Lexile scores help teachers choose instructional materials, though not necessarily fiction and non-fiction trade books. But Lexile guidelines can be helpful to a trade book writer. Sometimes just tweaking long sentences and sentence structure can help adjust a Lexile score so a book is more readable for a wider audience.  I always waited until a manuscript was finished to run the text through  Lexile. It can inhibit flow and style if you're too conscious of grade level as you're writing.


https://hub.lexile.com/lexile-grade-level-charts
Title: Re: Reading Level
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on October 22, 2022, 06:18 PM
I'm a little late to the party, but here goes. Educational publishers used to use Lexile to determine reading level when I edited or wrote  educational books. Lexile scores help teachers choose instructional materials, though not necessarily fiction and non-fiction trade books. But Lexile guidelines can be helpful to a trade book writer. Sometimes just tweaking long sentences and sentence structure can help adjust a Lexile score so a book is more readable for a wider audience.  I always waited until a manuscript was finished to run the text through  Lexile. It can inhibit flow and style if you're too conscious of grade level as you're writing.


https://hub.lexile.com/lexile-grade-level-charts

I used to do this too, but Lexile is no longer free. This has actually caused some packagers and publishers to move away from it. Or they use ATOS and then a conversion chart.
Title: Re: Reading Level
Post by: louise-colligan on October 23, 2022, 08:08 AM
Thanks for the update on Lexile. It used to be free for a limited amount of text.
Title: Re: Reading Level
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on October 23, 2022, 06:21 PM
Thanks for the update on Lexile. It used to be free for a limited amount of text.

I know. I used to use it all the time.