Here are some helpful materials to review.

Below are some links to sites that support reading in elementary and secondary education. Select the headings below. A new tab will open in your browser. They have great examples of short passages at many different complexity levels. Save these sites to your “Favorites” folder for further reference.

Remember what was explained about complexity, genre and topic/subject matter in the Getting Started page. You will see how these elements effect text. The comments under the links summarize some of the site’s features. Click and explore.

Reading is Fundamental

At the site’s home page, click on >Literacy Central (upper right hand corner). Use the drop down menu under >Resources to find a link to >reading passages. Materials are open source downloadable PDF files. Very well organized by complexity, grade, and standard. Registration not required.

Smithsonian Teen Tribune

Home page gives you non-fiction informational text choices at primary and secondary levels. Similar topics can be selected at different complexity levels. Registration not required.

Read Works®

Only accessible if you are a teacher or student. A lot of schools use ReadWorks because of its very well organized with high quality content. If you’re in education or have a child in school, it would be valuable to sign up.


The home site for understanding complexity as it appears on the page (Element 1 of complexity outlined in Getting Started) with no consideration of the content. There’s a bread crumb trail in the header that helps with navigation (Home>Parents & Students>Understanding Your Child’s Lexile®  Measure >Fact Sheets & FAQs ). Registration is required to access some advanced features.