Navigating Complex Text: What Students Need to Know and What to Teach
Many students who graduate from high school face significant challenges in college related to their inability to navigate complex text. Indeed, a well-known study suggests students who have success with complex text will have later success in college. Yet, the complexity of textbooks in grades 4 and up has declined while the complexity of college textbooks has either remained the same or increased. This simplification of complex text in early-grade textbooks has created an unexpected side effect. These simplified texts deny students the very things they need—knowledge, vocabulary, syntactic awareness, modes of thinking—to successfully comprehend more advanced texts in college. In this Education Insight, you'll find out more about this systematic problem, as well as specific tools for teachers to help students navigate complex text. Download and start reading now.