"Twilight" More Difficult Than Hemingway, According To Teacher's Guide
QUIZ: which of these books is considered more "complex" according to Lexile guidelines?
Can you guess which of these books are more 'difficult' according to Common Core (a teaching initiative adopted by 45 states)?
Arguing that teachers aren't assigning grade-appropriate reading, Common Core recommends that students get matched up with books with the right "Lexile" score. The thing is, Lexiles measure a book's complexity by a painfully literal algorithm of sentence length, word choice, and syntax.
To be fair, it's only meant to be a rough guideline rather than some iron-clad dictum or curriculum. And any teacher knows that a work can have a low Lexile difficulty while being thematically unsuitable for younger readers. But still.