Word Lists for Reading Levels

Subject: Word Lists for Reading Levels
From: Ruess Kevin <Ruess -dot- Kevin -at- PBGC -dot- GOV>
Date: Mon, 25 Nov 1996 13:33:03 -0500

> Does anyone have access to a reference that lists the reading level (for
example, 8th grade, 10th grade, etc.) for words?

I forwarded this to a friend who is an early reading and childhood literacy expert. She responds as follows:

>Yes, I have many, many lists, all the way from the 60's lists of Fry to
>the more holistic view of individual reading inventories and lists.
>However, lists are dangerous to your reading health, because a list is
>out of context and only measures reading word recognition, not reading
>comprehension. In other words, I can "wod call" but not have the
>faintest idea of what I am saying.....
>Check GMU [or any university] bookstore in the education section and you
>will find reading inventories, I'm sure. I have The Reading Teacher's Book
>of Lists, which is wonderful and has all kinds of lists, abbreviations, etc...I >would be happy to share with you. nancy

It sounds like a trip to the bookstore of the nearest sizeable university offers an easy way to get a current document.

Kevin Ruess
MAI, contracted to Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

Ruess -dot- Kevin -at- PBGC -dot- GOV (preferred)
kruess -at- gmu -dot- edu


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