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Rich Library: Complexity


Books of varying complexity and reading levels are necessary for all students to experience reading success. Having books at varied reading levels, including complexity of words and sentence structures, gives readers of all levels books they can read independently.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch this Reading Rockets video for an in-depth look, with classroom examples, of how teachers and students can set up a classroom library.

  • Providing students with a class and/or school library of books that vary in Vocabulary and Syntax complexity supports literacy. Allowing students to choose books they want to read motivates them to read more, in turn supporting their growth in Alphabet Knowledge, Decoding, Print Awareness, and Sight Recognition.
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    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    ReadWorks, a free online platform, offers readings at several levels sorted by grade, content, and lexile. The readings are also aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Teachers can find and assign specific articles to students and support their Vocabulary development, Narrative Skills, and Syntax.

  • A digital library of books or pre-existing OER resources can supplement an in-class library and even be used for a home lending system, supported by school-owned devices, so children can read with their parents.