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Title and Author: Crush It! Why Now Is the Time to Cash in on Your Passion, by Gary Vaynerchuk
Levels of Meaning/Purpose: This book is the blueprint to turn a passion into your profession and give you the tools to turn yourself into a brand. You will be able to produce great content and recap the financial benefits of it.
Genre & Structure: The genre of this book is business, non-fiction, entrepreneurship, and self-help. The structure is easy and sample to follow that the students could read aloud.
Language Conventionality and Clarity: The language is informative and educational to make a person rethink their future plans in life.
Content and/or Theme Concerns:
Knowledge Demands: Having any type of knowledge about how to work hard for your dreams is useful because this book explains how to not give up on yourself or dreams.
Readability Formula Level :
The Fry Readability: The Fry readability is 8th grade because with the average sentence length of 9.8 words per sentence and average number of syllables of 164 per 100 words. The calculator places the SMOG Formula at 6.8, and a 6.8 makes the book a 7th grade reading level.
The Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level Formula: Using an online readability calculator, the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level Formula found the readability level to be at 7.6 (grade 8) (“Readability Formulas,” n.d.).
Cognitive Capabilities: The classes of 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders range from average and above average grade-level reading abilities for this book. Even though the readability level is at 8th grade-level the high schoolers would be able to read it with ease.
Reading Skills: Even through the students are above the required reading level for this text, this book can be utilized in single reads or audio and have discussions after each chapter.
Motivation and Engagement with Task and Text: The book will grab the attention of the students and make them think in a fun, yet educational way. It give them examples and plans how to brand what they are passionate about in their own lives.
Prior Knowledge and Experience: The students who have even a little knowledge of and love being on social media will be interest in this book. They will learn to get experience on how to move up on the social radar.
Complexity of Associated Tasks: Teachers could use this book to educate student how to harness the power of the Internet to make their entrepreneurial dreams come true.
Crush It!: Why Now Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion is highly applicable and beneficial to the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade business classes who are learning about the aspects of starting a business and the way social media works. I would recommend this reading for all high school business classes to pique the interest of the students.
-57150-142875Text Complexity Analysis 2
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Title and Author: It Doesn’t have to be Crazy at Work, by Jason Fried
Levels of Meaning/Purpose: This novel is a practical and inspiring distillation of their insights and experiences.
Genre ; Structure: It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work is a non-fiction, business, and productivity book. Also, the sentences, paragraphs, and chapters are organized in an easy to read format.
Language Conventionality and Clarity: The language is simple with some short sentences that are clear to read and comprehend.
Content and/or Theme Concerns: The amount of information may feel like an overload.
Knowledge Demands: The reader should be familiar with the use of titles and subtitles. Have knowledge of reading strictly information and process multiple facts on each page.
Readability Formula Level :
The Fry Readability: The fry readability identifies this title as being at the high end of 8th grade-level. The SMOG Formula: With the SMOG formula showed this book at 6th grade-level.
The Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level Formula: The readability calculator, the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level Formula, found the readability level to be at 5.7 which made this book to be at grade level 6.
Cognitive Capabilities: The class of 7th graders range from average to above average grade level reading skills with this text. Meaning they should understand this book with little to no problems or questions asked.
Reading Skills: Reading this book students should be at least on a 6th grade reading level and understand how to sound out words. This means that students should be fluent readers. Even through, students should have acquired skills in decoding words, summarizing, and evaluating a literary work the teacher should still read along just in case one need help.
Motivation and Engagement with Task and Text: This text will be a good inspirational intake and motivational look on their life and future goals in life.
Prior Knowledge and Experience: This book students would not need any prior knowledge. The text is beneficial to all aspects without knowing anything about it before reading. It will still grab the students’ attention.
Complexity of Associated Tasks: The Business task of this book will be understanding what your goals are in life and how to take them on straight forward and master them.
After the Fry Readability Formula suggests an 8th grade reading level. While SMOG formula and the Flesch-Kincaid formula is rated at 6th grade level. It shows that with a little to no support by teachers this book is beneficial for all learners across different content areas. Therefore, The book It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work is appropriate for the seventh grade class to study in business class.
-57150-142875Text Complexity Analysis 3
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Title and Author: The Power of Moments, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
Levels of Meaning/Purpose: They explore why certain experiences can jolt us and how we can learn to create such extraordinary moments in our life and work.
Genre & Structure: The Power of Moments is a non-fiction novel. It is also business, leadership, self-help, and psychology. The structure is inspirational and motivational.
Language Conventionality and Clarity: The language is clear, brief, and understandable. There are some words used a few times throughout the book that might get the class off track with reading. For the most part is that the book is decodable with academic level words that any high schooler could comprehend.
Content and/or Theme Concerns: A few class clowns not interested in the book so they turn every word into a joke just to get attention on them and not the book.
Knowledge Demands: High levels of reasoning and maturity are necessary to separate the credibility of real life situations and in class activities. The reader is challenged to consider loyalty, honesty, and trust in relationships between friends and adults who are in authority over children. The student critical thinking skills, and self-application will be utilized while reading this book.
Readability Formula Level :
The Fry Readability: 9th grade-level, but I would still put this book at a 10th grade level because to the language.
The SMOG Formula: The SMOG Formula reveals a reading grade level of 8 being with 24 words of three syllables or more in three sets of ten sentences.
The Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level Formula: Using an online readability calculator, the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level Formula found the readability level to be at 6.8 means 7th grade level.
Cognitive Capabilities: This class of 10th graders range above average reading ability.
Reading Skills: Students need to be fluent readers and able to pronounce words with the help of anyone. They also need to be able to read between the lines and connect to the text to self-help. Students, who are at a lower reading level, will have a hard time being able to analyze and evaluate the text and the progression of the story unless the teacher is there to assist.
Motivation and Engagement with Task and Text: The teacher being able to connect the book to relevant experiences is a way to motivate students to want to read more into the book on their own. Creating activities, group assignments, and projects that are enjoyable could also help the students want to explore the book. Previewing the book before reading as a whole class is a way for students to create a visual image about the material in the book. If a book look and sounds interesting the students will be motivated to read it.
Prior Knowledge and Experience: Students must be familiar with the structure of informational text that might include titles and subtitles to read through the entire book. Each page has something the students could learn from and use it their own experiences.
Complexity of Associated Tasks: Teachers could use this book as an opportunity to educate students about real life problems inside and outside of a company or business environment. Students can learn about different job in the real world and take them head on.
To read The Power of Moments, students should have strong communication and comprehension skills. Based on the formulas, the book should be placed in at least at a 8th grade readability level classroom that way the teacher know the students are actually into the book itself and wanting to learn from it. If a student wants to read this individually, a 9th or 10th grade readability level would be more appropriate because their skills are a lot better than 7th and 8th graders. Do not let the students rush through the book. Through it all, teachers should want to make sure that their students understand the concept of the book and working in this real life after school is over.
Fried, J. & Hansson, H. D. (2018). It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work.
Heath, C. ; Heath, D. (2017). The Power of Moments. New York: Simon and Schuster.
Readability Formulas. (n.d.). Retrieved November 03, 2018, from http://www.readabilityformulas.com/freetests/six-readability-formulas.php
Richardson, J. S., Morgan, R. F., ; Fleener, C. E. (2015). Reading to learn in the content areas (8th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.
Vaynerchuk, G. (2009). Crush It! Why Now Is the Time to Cash in on Your Passion. New York: Harper Studio.