Between the Covers Book Update

September 20, 2019
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Update Since the First Printing of Between the Covers: What’s Inside a Children’s Book?

[This update explains the Tables in Chapter 3 of Between the Covers: What’s Inside a Children’s Book? Everyone should be happy that these words have finally been removed, but it’s interesting that there was no explanation as to why they removed these words. Not, an apology that they never realized that these types of words were included, or that someone was fired over this, or they just can’t believe how this could have happened. . . Now for the update]

Recently, MetaMetrics® released a new website, which replaces the older edition of Lexile Find-a-Book. However, the older version is supposed to remain online until the end of December of 2019. As of September 28, 2019, the old site is still up and running. However, accessing the Tailored Vocabulary Words is most fascinating. It has been completely re-done. The outcome is the same for any book searched. No more motherf@#king or any other such vocabulary selections; just these two choices—words and version. Why not just remove all of the Tailored Vocabulary section on these books altogether? Why leave those two words only? Hmm. How long will it be before the regular vocabulary words shown on these tables simply disappear? Once this older Lexile® Framework for Reading Find-A-Book website is completely removed by the end of December, the tables found in this book will simply be a part of a forgotten history. The older book search address is:

On this older “Find a Book” website, one could enter the student’s Lexile level and a “tailored” vocabulary list of not more than ten words would pop up, supposedly in accordance with the student’s reading level. For example, Brie Spangler’s, Beast, has a HL610L reading level. This number falls within the second to third grade range. HL stands for Hi/Lo—high interest, but low reading levels.

The screen below shows the list of Vocabulary Words as I first noted them. They have not changed on the current Lexile® Framework for Reading Find a Book website. I am NOT talking about what is or is not on their new website. The site I am demonstrating is supposed to remain online through the end of December 2019.



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