What is Sentence Complexity?

Texts with simple, more natural sentences are easy for young readers to process. Sentences with embedded or conjoined clauses make a text more difficult to read and understand. Sentence complexity is one of the ten text factors used by the F&P Text Level Gradient™ when evaluating and leveling books for young readers.



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