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I ran the following two sentences through a readability checker

Sentence 1: She gave him an angry look.
Sentence 2: She gave him a baleful look.

Below are the numeric results for sentence 1 / sentence 2.
How do I interpret the results? Do some indices give more useful results for MG/YA writing?
Indication of the number of years of formal education that a person requires in order to easily understand the text on the first reading
Gunning Fog index :   2.40 / 9.07

Approximate representation of the U.S. grade level needed to comprehend the text :   
Coleman Liau index :   -0.19 / 0.80
Flesch Kincaid Grade level : 0.52   / 2.48
ARI (Automated Readability Index) : -1.95 / -1.16
SMOG : 3.00 / 8.48   

Flesch Reading Ease :   102.04 / 87.95

#1 - April 06, 2016, 06:08 PM

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Essentially, the bigger the number the harder the text. Baleful is not a kindergarten vocabulary word, but angry is. The grade level is the year of school, so 2.48 is second grade fourth month. The other number is fifth month of kindergarten. That's all I know of any of the numbers you've given.

You can actually check reading ease using Word. It will give you the Flesch Kinkaid numbers. I sometimes Google a word with Graded vocabulary. You'll come up with vocab lists that contain the word, giving a good sense of when kids might know it.
#2 - April 11, 2016, 11:17 AM
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Children's Writer's Word Book is a good resource, too. It has an index of commonly-used words and the grade when they're usually taught.
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