Sample Responses

Journal: Based on the information from Appendix A and the Introduction to Text Complexity video, describe why all three dimensions of text complexity should be carefully considered as teachers select texts.

The qualitative dimension gives a good idea about the text's reading level using dimensions that would be difficult for a human reader to evaluate. However, this dimension is insufficient to measure all texts and all students. The qualitative dimension takes into account the factors best measured by a human such as meaning and purpose and the knowledge demands. Finally it is important to also consider the reader and task considerations such as motivation, back ground knowledge, and student experience as well as how the student needs to use the information. These are best determined by a teacher using her professional judgment of her students. Thus all three dimensions are important to evaluate text complexity.