What are they?
Lexile by Chapter Guides explore the text complexity within a book by providing Lexile measures for every chapter in the text. Each guide includes a graph and table displaying the Lexile information to help educators, parents, and students better understand where the peaks and valleys of complexity reside within a text.
How do I use them?
Instructionally, educators can use this information to plan reading activities in the classroom. Educators can determine which chapters present the highest syntactic and semantic demand and where more instructional scaffolding and discussion may be needed. They can also use the guides to determine which chapters present less syntactic and semantic demand and might be opportunities to better engage students in other important learning activities such as the ability to write and verbalize supporting ideas and arguments with textual evidence. Parents can use the guides to focus on where additional discussion may be needed to enrich or support their child’s comprehension. And students themselves can benefit from thinking about where in the text they may need to engage in close reading. All guides also offer the suggested Lexile grade bands for college and career readiness.
Fiction and Novels
Informational Text and Literary Non-Fiction
Popular Middle School Titles
Popular High School Titles
Chasing Lincoln's Killer New!
A Long Way Gone New!
How were books chosen for the guides?
Many of the books listed above were originally selected based upon research into the most commonly taught full-length works at various levels (Applebee, 1989; Shanahan and Duffett, 2013). Additional titles have been added in consultation with classroom teachers and school librarians from across the country. Because some titles are assigned in multiple grade levels, you might see the same book appear in more than one category.
How might these chapter measures impact our current processes for evaluating text complexity?
Drilling down to examine Lexile measures by chapter provides a great complement to the overall Lexile measure of a work and a deeper understanding of these quantitative measures. Then, in unison with the qualitative measures of text complexity, these chapter-by-chapter measures provide additional insight when thinking through the reader and task considerations. For example, considering the variability among the chapters within a work might help a teacher to better select a text for an individual student. Additionally, considering where the text complexity appears higher or lower within a text might provide insight into planning the instructional activities and tasks used in the classroom. These chapter-by-chapter measures expand and enrich our understanding of text complexity, and provide additional information and insight when making professional decisions about what texts we teach and how we might teach them.
Want to offer feedback or suggest additional titles for Lexile by Chapter Guides?
Over time the number of guides provided here will grow, and their content and design will evolve. But first we want to know what YOU think! We want to make sure that Lexile by Chapter Guides meet your needs, so please take a few minutes to complete this short survey. To submit general questions about Lexile by Chapter Guides please visit our support center.
Additionally, regardless of which books are present in your curricula, if you have an electronic copy of the text and are registered on Lexile.com you can analyze your text using the Lexile Analyzer. Please keep in mind that the measures produced by the Lexile Analyzer are not certified measures. A video tutorial outlining how the Lexile Analyzer is used can be found on YouTube.