Readability Fact Sheet

Sharing Is Healing: A Holocaust Survivor’s Story
Author: Noémi Ban (with Ray Wolpow)
Six Chapters, approximately 18,000 words, 76 pages, paperback, bound
Intended Audience: Young adolescent and/or adult readers. Easy-to-read (hi-lo) format

Readability and Pilot Study:
To insure that all readers with skills at, or above, the 5th grade level could read every chapter; Mrs. Ban and Dr. Wolpow attended carefully to format, vocabulary, concept introduction, and sentence structure. Each chapter has a clear introduction. Bolded headings, subheadings, and graphics help the reader delineate major ideas, events and concepts.

Vocabulary that is unique to this time period is defined at the bottom of each page and words with multiple meanings are grounded in the experiences of the prospective readers.
Since complex sentences are difficult for those reading at or below the six grade level, shorter (simple) sentences are used whenever possible. Pronouns refer to referents no more than a sentence away. Concepts each get their own paragraph and adequate concrete explanation is provided.

The result is a very readable book. The Flesch-Kincaid readability scores average between 3rd and 4th grade. Results were triangulated utilizing the Marshal Checklist and extensive field tests with 6th grade readers.

This book has been piloted with more than 200 adolescents and young adults, grades 4-12, many of whom were second language learners or students with “special learning needs.” Feedback has been extraordinarily positive. (References available upon request.)

Chapter Number of Words Flesch-Kincaid
Grade Level
Fry Mean Syllables Fry Mean Sentences Fry Reading Range

Introduction

1,058

3.6

135

11.5

3-5 grade

1

2,431

3.1

132

12.4

2-4 grade

2

2,354

3.0

125

11.2

2-4 grade

3

2,263

2.0

123

11.9

1-3 grade

4

2,325

2.5

126

11.8

2-4 grade

5

2,596

2.7

123

10.8

2-4 grade

6

2,282

2.8

127

12.6

1-3 grade

Epilogue

1,599

3.7

135

10.5

3-5 grade

Afterword

1,919

4.3

123

8.4

3-5 grade

Sharing is Healing also scored extremely well in all categories of Marshall’s Readability Checklist for Comprehensibility.

For more information on the readability of this text please contact: Ray Wolpow, Professor of Secondary Education and Director of the Northwest Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Ethnocide Education at Western Washington University. e:mail Ray.Wolpow@wwu.edu