The final standard for nonfiction asks students to "read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts . . . independently and proficiently." Guidelines for text complexity can be found in this document.
This is not the first time I have written about this topic. Measuring Text Complexity, my March 16th topic, provided information about the Lexile Stretch Bands, as well as qualitative and quantitative measures for evaluating texts. On March 18th, I discussed balancing genres and recommended this short video, which reviews the importance of bringing more nonfiction texts into the classroom.
What can we take from the directives of this standard? Students need to read lots of nonfiction texts, and those texts should challenge (or stretch) their reading ability to ensure growth.
And now, dear readers, I am off to meet a new class of students and start another year in the fourth grade!