## What Is NGPF Curriculum's Lexile Level? Pt. 2

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Jan 29, 2020
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Tips for Teachers

A few weeks ago NGPF published our first lexile level blog post and we are back again with a look into the lexile levels found in SC-1.2 Teens and Taxes. Before we dig in, let's quickly review what a lexile level is and how to determine it.

What is a lexile level?

A lexile level is a text’s difficulty level for the reader. During our research, we used a mixture of the following lexile readability tests to determine the text’s grade level, reading level, and average reader’s age:

• Gunning Fog
• The Coleman-Liau Index
• The SMOG Index
• Linsear Write Formula

Data Crunch

NGPF’s semester course lesson SC-1.2 Teens and Taxes begins with a Data Crunch instead of a discussion prompt. Data Crunches analyze real life graphs, statistics, and trends  with questions that follow. Due to this portion of the lesson being number heavy we used the guiding questions and discussion questions to determine the lexile level. According to our research, the average lexile level for this section of the lesson is 7th grade and the reading level is fairly easy to read

Teacher Tip: For the Data Crunch it may be helpful to ensure your students understand how to t read the graph before answering the questions on the worksheet. Spending a few moments reviewing the graph with your class will make them feel more confident when answering questions and assist them in analyzing the data presented.

Reference

The Reference: Tax Issues as Dependents and Self-Employed Workers follows the Data Crunch as Resource 4 in this lesson. This reference document includes excerpts from two different articles to explain to teens how file a tax return when someone claims you as a dependent or you are self-employed. For this activity, the average lexile level was determined to be 10th grade and the reading level is standard/average to read

Teacher Tip: Taxes can be a tough subject to explain to students. In this case, it may be helpful to supplement the article by reading it whole group and pausing to check for understanding. Ask your students if they have filed taxes before or if they are currently working. Try to break down the tax language by incorporating math problems using the percentages or earnings mentioned in the excerpts.

Activity

Next, students complete the activity PLAY: Should They File a Tax Return? published by NGPF. In this activity, students will determine if people in several different scenarios need to file a tax return. In this case, the activity’s text is determined to be 7th grade and fairly easy to read.

Teacher Tip: Activities are written with concise, clear directions and questions are built for students to answer with little teacher assistance. In this case, we suggest teachers encourage students to read the directions at least twice before starting an activity. In addition, teachers can check for understanding by allowing students to read the directions on their own and then cold-calling on different students to explain to their classmates what they are doing during the activity before getting started.

In conclusion, NGPF’s Taxes unit will have a lot of new vocabulary and information students may have never seen before, but we believe if teachers plan their lessons with that in mind and take the time to break concepts down students should be able to grasp taxes no matter the lexile level!